UQ Book Club

Discover the exciting world of Australian literature through UQ Book Club! 

The monthly UQ Book Club champions works of Australian literature through world class discussions, meaningful connections and engaging literary content – all designed to inspire your inner book worm. Hosted by Associate Professor Stephen Carleton and a monthly special guest from the Australian literary scene – alumni, students and members of the public can now join together and share their love of books in an interactive online community. Partnered with UQ Press (UQP) members will have also have access to an exclusive discount on selected works.


About our host

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Associate Professor Stephen Carleton, School of Communication and Arts
Director, Centre for Critical and Creative Writing

Stephen is a Brisbane-based playwright and academic. His plays have been produced across Australia and won awards including the Griffin Theatre Award (2015) for The Turquoise Elephant, the Matilda Award for Best New Australian Play (2017) for Bastard Territory, and the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award (2005) and New Dramatists’ Award (2006) for Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset. Those plays and others including musical Joh for PM (2017, with Paul Hodge), and The Narcissist (2007), have been shortlisted for a range of awards including the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, Queensland Literary Awards (Drama), and two AWGIEs.

His main areas of theatre research at present are in the intersections between Gothic drama and Eco-criticism, where he has written the first of a proposed trilogy of 'cli fi' plays. He has published on the Australian Gothic, and extended this area of interest into Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. He has a background in Postcolonial drama, Australian Drama (from c19th melodramas to c21st playwriting), Spatial Inquiry (focussing on the Australian North), and Cultural Geography. He is also co-creator of the Cultural Atlas of Australia with his colleagues Professor Jane Stadler and Associate Professor Peta Mitchell.





This month's featured book

Meet Me at Lennon's by Melanie Myers

Olivia Wells is struggling with her university studies, her relationship with her father and her love life. Throwing herself into her thesis research, she stumbles across details of a young woman found murdered on the banks of the river in wartime Brisbane. Suddenly her studies – and her personal life – become much more interesting. 

The River Girl murder leads Olivia into the world of 1940s Brisbane: a world of ration books and penny candy; of nylons and lunches at Lennon’s; but also a city where tensions between Australian soldiers and the American GIs who were stationed there regularly erupted into jealousy and violence.

The deeper Olivia investigates, the more she learns about the dangers women faced back then, while also realising how little has changed. And then, of course, there’s the situation with her own boyfriend to address. Can Olivia solve the River Girl murder and get her own life back on track?

About Melanie Myers

Image of Melanie MyersMelanie Myers is a Brisbane-based writer, academic, and occasional actor. She has a Doctorate of Creative Arts. Her short fiction and articles have been published in a variety of publications, including Kill Your DarlingsOverlandArena MagazineGriffith Review and Hecate. In 2018 she won the Queensland Literary Awards Glendower Award for an Emerging Writer. She is the former artistic director of Reality Bites Festival, a non-fiction writers’ festival based on the Sunshine Coast.

UQP Discount

Meet Me at Lennon's is available for purchase through UQ Press. Use the code UQBOOKCLUB at checkout to receive 20 per cent off.

Purchase Meet Me at Lennon's

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UQ Book Club: October

22 October 2020 7:30pm8:30pm
Join our host Associate Professor Stephen Carleton as he discusses our featured book for October, Meet Me at Lennon's by Melanie Myers.
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UQ Book Club: August

27 August 2020 7:30pm
Join our host Associate Professor Stephen Carleton as he discusses our featured book, Swallow the Air with Indigenous author, Tara June Winch.
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UQ Book Club: July

30 July 2020 7:30pm
Join our host Associate Professor Stephen Carleton as he discusses our featured book, Mammoth with Author, Chris Flynn.
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UQ Book Club: June

25 June 2020 7:30pm8:30pm

UQ Book Club: May

28 May 2020 7:30pm8:30pm