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Watch: The Rise of ISIS and Its Threat: David Kilcullen in conversation with Robert Manne

In this La Trobe University Ideas and Society session at the Wheeler Centre, David Kilcullen, author of the Quarterly EssayBlood Year: Terror and the Islamic State’, and La Trobe University emeritus professor Robert Manne discuss the rise of ISIS and the threat it poses (via The Monthly).

I see no alternative to a larger, more intense conventional war against Isis

‘There are no quick solutions to current global conflict. But we risk a regional conflagration in the Middle East if the west doesn’t do more to contain Isis now.’

Read an extract from Quarterly Essay 58 Blood Year online at the Guardian.

News: QE58 in the Saturday Paper

‘part history, part enlightened analysis, part commentary, part provocation and part mea culpa’ – The Saturday Paper reviews Blood Year by David Kilcullen.

News: State of fear outgrows insurgency label

“Simply put, the Islamic State is, or is on the verge of becoming, what it claims to be: a state.”

Read an extract from QE58: Blood Year by David Kilcullen online at the Sydney Morning Herald.

News: Karen Hitchcock's Quarterly Essay

Stephen Romei writes in the Australian that Dear Life by Karen Hitchcock “should be required reading for every Australian.”

News: That Sinking Feeling wins Walkley Award

Quarterly Essay congratulates Paul Toohey on winning the best long feature-writing prize at the Walkley Awards. His essay That Sinking Feeling: Asylum Seekers and the Search for the Indonesian Solution is a powerful and original work of reportage that reveals the lives of asylum seekers and the politics of Australia's response to them.

News: 2014 John Button Prize longlist

Quarterly Essay 50 Unfinished Business by Anna Goldsworthy and Quarterly Essay 53 That Sinking Feeling by Paul Toohey have been been longlisted for the 2014 John Button Prize.

News: 2013 John Button Prize longlist

Quarterly Essay 46 Great Expectations by Laura Tingle, Quarterly Essay 47 Political Animal by David Marr, Quarterly Essay 48 After the Future by Tim Flannery and Quarterly Essay 49 Not Dead Yet by Mark Latham have all been longlisted for the 2013 John Button Prize.

News: Political Animal shortlisted for 2013 John Button Prize

Quarterly Essay 47 Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott by David Marr has been shortlisted for the 2013 John Button Prize.


Event: 2015 Brisbane Writers Festival

Don Watson, John Birminham and Tim Flannery will be guests of the 2015 Brisbane Writers Festival.

Full program is online now.

Event: Relative States

In conversation with Melbourne broadcaster Alicia Sometimes, Anne and Robert will discuss where their influences, processes and interests converge. Do tensions emerge when domestic and professional worlds intersect? Can these tensions be productive? And what have they learned, as writers and thinkers, from each other?


Date: Tuesday 8 September
Time: 11:00am
Venue: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000.
Tickets: Free event. Please book online.

Event: Word for Word Festival

Karen Hitchcock will be a guest of the 2015 Word for Word Festival. Full program is available online.

Event: David Marr at the Wheeler Centre

David Marr will be speaking with Sophie Black about QE59 FACTION MAN at the Wheeler Centre.

This event has now booked out.

Date: Wednesday 23 September
Time: 6:15pm
Venue: Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC 3000.

Event: David Marr at Readings Hawthorn

David Marr in conversation with Barrie Cassidy about QE59: Faction Man at Readings Hawthorn.


Date: Friday 24 September
Time: 6:30pm.
Venue: Readings, 701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, VIC 3122.
Tickets: Free event. Please book online.

Event: David Marr at the Stanton Library

David Marr will speak about Bill Shorten and Faction Man at the Stanton Library.


Date: Tuesday 29 September
Time: 1:00pm.
Venue: Stanton Library, 234 Miller St, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Tickets: Free event. Please visit the library website for more information.

Event: David Marr at Gleebooks

David Marr in conversation about QE59 Faction Man.


Date: Wednesday 30 September
Time: 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.
Venue: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW.
Tickets: $12 / $9 concession / Gleeclub free. Please book online.