Library early closure: The Library will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 October to prepare for the annual Keith Murdoch Oration. More information

Facade conservation & repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information

Library early closure & facade conservation works
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Louise Adler on why writing matters

Louise Adler discusses the literary responses to 9/11 and why – in this period when the visual has us enthralled – words seem to matter more rather than less.

Louise is CEO and publisher of Melbourne University Publishing. She is considered an 'ideas broker', with a deep understanding of the modern university and the book business, and has done stints as arts and entertainment editor for The Age and presenter of ABC Radio National's Arts today.

This Redmond Barry Lecture was held on 30 July 2007.