Lisa Millar Meet the Author

6 Feb 2024

Lisa Millar will be in conversation with James Glenday on her new book Muster Dogs. From Pups to Pros, a companion book to the heartwarming TV show now streaming on ABC iview and Netflix. Muster Dogs, first shown in 2022, was the most watched non-children’s’ ABC program on ABC iview in 2022 and the most watched ABC Factual series ever. The new series begins on January 14.

In Muster Dogs , five lively kelpie pups were adopted into farming homes across Australia and put on an intensive training program and became instant stars. Could they learn to herd and muster within a year? Could they prove that working with natural ability was an optimum way to farm?With the help of expert breeders and trainers, these dogs and their new trainers showcased not only what the puppies were capable of but how using dogs contributed to better stock, farm management and environment.

Among those who lost their hearts to these amazing puppies was narrator Lisa Millar. Muster Dogs quite literally changed her life. In her new book, Lisa tells us about her journey over two seasons, bringing us up to date with the characters of series 1 – human and canine – and introducing us to five new collie pups, trainers and the hurdles of season 2.

Many questions have been asked about Muster Dogs. How did it start? Why did it resonate with audiences? Lisa addresses the show’s impact, brings us stories from behind the scenes, and takes us deep into country life, all the while examining the powerful relationship between human and dog. This is a book that will immerse you in affection, resilience, and loyalty.

Lisa Millar is the cohost of ABC-TV’s News Breakfast, following a decade-long posting as bureau chief in both London and Washington DC, covering some of the world’s biggest stories. Lisa began her career at the Gympie Times in 1988 and has worked in print, tv and radio. She won a Walkley Award in 2005 for investigative reporting. (Please note that Lisa will also be signing copies of her memoir, Daring To Fly)

James Glenday is the TV newsreader at ABC Canberra James and has reported extensively for the ABC’s flagship shows, like 7.30 and has filled in as a presenter on News Breakfast.. James spent five years as a foreign correspondent and six years as a political reporter in the press gallery at Parliament House in Canberra, which included a stint as National Affairs Editor.

The vote of thanks will be given by Alex Sloan AM

This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event.


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podcast will be made available after the event.

Symposium by University House Wine bar (Shop 13, 152 University Avenue, Acton, which is just next to the Kambri cultural centre) will now be open for dining after meet the author events. Food and wine details at No bookings necessary.

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