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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.


Ubud Readers and Writers Festival

Anna Krien will be a guest of the 2015 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. For details about her events, please see the festival website.

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 ANU

David Marr will be in conversation with Laura Tingle on his new quarterly essay on Bill Shorten - Faction Man.


Date: Tuesday 29 September
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Theatre 2, Manning Clark Centre, Australian National University, Canberra.
Tickets: Free event. Please book online.

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.

Event: David Marr at The Greek Club

David Marr in conversation with Paul Barclay about Faction Man


Date: 1 October 2015
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: The Greek Club, 29/31 Edmondstone St, Brisbane QLD 4101
Tickets: $15, please book through website

Event: David Marr at Potts Point Bookshop

David Marr author talk about Bill Shorten and Faction Man


Date: 7 October 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Potts Point Bookshop, 14 Macleay Street, Sydney, NSW 2011
Tickets: Free, please book through website

Event: David Marr at Mosman Library

David Marr lecture


Date: 12 October 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Mosman Library, Barry O’Keefe Library (Mosman Library Service), Library Walk, 605 Military Road, Mosman
Tickets: $10/$8, please book through website

Event: David Marr at Carrington Hotel

David Marr author talk about Bill Shorten and Faction Man


Date: 31 October 2015
Time: 2:30pm for 3:00pm
Venue: Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780
Tickets: $20 afternoon tea included. Please book through or 4787 6340