Series information

Session dates

Please note: All sessions run Tuesdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm.

19 February Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (1943) Professor Peter McPhee
19 March Thomas Malory, Le Morte D’Arthur (1485) Professor Stephanie Trigg
16 April Xavier Herbert, Poor Fellow My Country (1976) Professor Gillian Triggs
21 May Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) Professor Cordelia Fine
18 June Barron Field, First Fruits of Australian Poetry (1819) Associate Professor Justin Clemens
16 July Lord Byron, Don Juan (1819) Professor Clara Tuite
20 August Jeannie Gunn, We of the Never Never (1905) Dr Kat Ellinghaus
17 September Helen Garner, The First Stone (1995) Professor Glyn Davis
22 October Voltaire, Letters Concerning the English Nation (1733) Professor Russell Goulbourne
19 November Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835 and 1840) Associate Professor Tim Lynch

Session schedule

6.30pm-7.30pm: Speaker's main presentation

7.30pm-7.45pm: Break with refreshments

7.45pm-8.30pm: Audience discussion

Series cost

Pass: $545 / $495*

Individual session tickets are not available for this program as it is designed to be enjoyed as a series. Prices are GST inclusive.

*University of Melbourne alumni, staff and students.

Purchasing the books

Each year, the Faculty of Arts partners with Readings bookstore to create an online booklist where you can easily purchase copies of our chosen texts. To access the 10 Great Books 2019 online booklist, please visit the Readings website.

Please note: One of our books this year, Barron Field's First Fruits of Australian Poetry, is a rare text that is currently out of print. For this reason, we will focus on some select extracts from the text. These will be circulated to registrants prior to the April session. In the meantime, to view some of Barron Field's poems and a short biography, you can visit the Australian Poetry Library website.


The Forum Theatre, Level 1,
Arts West (Building 148),
The University of Melbourne,
Parkville 3010

The Forum Theatre, situated in the Faculty of Arts' new teaching facility Arts West, is an intimate lecture theatre seating 150. Its in-the-round layout and state-of-the-art acoustics are specifically designed to facilitate discussion and interaction between audience and speaker.