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Dinner meetings

The Society holds regular dinner meetings that feature guest speakers from different areas of the publishing industry and beyond.

Meetings take place at a variety of locations around central Melbourne, usually on Wednesdays. Non-members are welcome to attend. There is generally a fee for dinner meetings. Bookings are essential.


November Dinner Meeting

Is the Book(shop) Dead?

Guest speaker: Mark Rubbo, Readings
Thursday 17 November, 6.30pm (for 7pm dinner) – NOTE: NEW DAY!
CQ Functions, 113 Queen St (cnr Lt Collins), CBD

The past year has seen a multitude of changes in the Australian bookselling industry, including the massive rise in popularity of e-books, strong competition from overseas online retailers and the much-publicised closings of high-street chains Borders and Angus & Robertson. Do our local bookshops still stand a chance? Join us as Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of independent bookstore chain Readings, speaks about the current state of play for Australia's retail book space, and what challenges it faces in future.

Mark Rubbo is the Managing Director of Readings (founded 1969), which he bought in 1976 with partners Steve Smith and Greg Young. He has been awarded a Medal (OAM) in the General Division for service to the community through fostering an awareness of Australian literature as a bookseller, literary critic, and promoter and supporter of Australian writers, and is also a former judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award. In 2008 he established the Readings Foundation to support Victorian individuals and organisations that wish to further the development of literacy, community work and the arts.

For more information and to book, visit the Event Booking Page.


Thank you for celebrating with us!

Thanks to all members and guests who joined us at the Wheeler Centre on 9 December to celebrate the Society's 40th birthday.

For photos from the night, go to the Society's Picasa page.

Download the 40th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet (pdf 289Kb)


Notice of forthcoming dinner meetings, as well as reports from previous meetings also appear in the Society's monthly Newsletter.

If you have a brilliant idea for a speaker or activity, we'd love to hear about it! Please email the Meetings Organiser.


Archive of previous dinner meetings

The Society of Editors (Victoria) Inc. is an association for people who are engaged professionally in editing for publication.
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