The Calile Hotel has announced the launch of Calile Culture, a series of curated conversations, events, partnerships and collaborations for both guests and the wider community to enjoy. Calile Culture combines leisure and learning through the exploration of local, national, and international creative happenings spanning art, design, literature, performance, and music – cultural activities that The Calile believes enrich lives and connect community.

Calile Culture programming will commence in September with Author and Miles Franklin Prize winner Anna Funder who will discuss her internationally acclaimed new work Wifedom, in conversation with Griffith Review Editor, Carody Culver.

Presented in partnership with literary local institution, Riverbend Books, Anna Funder will join The Calile direct from the Edinburgh International Book Festival for her only Brisbane appearance on Monday 18 September from 6:00pm.

Anna Funder’s Wifedom will launch the Calile Culture series of public events with authors Suzie Miller, Trent Dalton, Australian landscape architect Paul Bangay, and the Australasian Dance Collective all scheduled to join the cultural conversation at The Calile in the coming months.

Inclusive and welcoming, Calile Culture will introduce stimulating, meaningful and relevant dialogue to the already popular hotel – providing ongoing opportunities to engage, learn, share and be part of The Calile’s creative and curious interest in arts and culture.

Tickets for Anna Funder, Wifedom event are available here and Calile Culture events will be announced regularly via The Calile website.

In keeping with all things literary The Calile will also launch a guest Book Club in October with guests invited to join the club and read a book of the month. Partnering with Riverbend Books to deliver a creative and compelling agenda of entertaining and remarkable reads, The Calile seeks to share in the art of story-telling and to invite our guest community to enjoy a richer reading life and connect over shared ideas and critical thinking.

In celebration of The Calile Hotel’s fifth birthday, The Calile Book Club will launch with Zig Zag Street by much loved local Author Nick Earls, who is the playful and personable voice behind The Calile Hotel website.


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Wifedom by Anna Funder: A biography, memoir, and treatise Wifedom the story of Eileen O’Shaughnessy, George Orwell’s first wife, has been described as “simply a masterpiece” by Geraldine Brooks and “an utter triumph” by Anne Summers.

Funder pieces together Eileen’s story and exposes the tricks that left her buried – by the biographers, and by history. Drawing from Eileen’s own words she recreates the Orwell’s marriage in an intimate, inventive counter-fiction to the visionary writer and his invisible wife.

“After I took Eileen out of the box, I had a life in facts, a woman in pieces. So, she will live writing the letters she did… I know where she was when she wrote them. I know that the dishes were frozen in the sink, that she was bleeding, that he was in bed with another woman – and she knew it.” Anna Funder.

“Electrifying… a sharp, captivating look at a complicated relationship and resurrection of a vital figure in Orwell’s life.” Kirkus Starred Review.

Collection by TFE Hotels represent beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, The Hotel Britomart in Auckland, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

TFE Hotels (TOGA Far East Hotels) is Australia’s International Hotel Group – headquartered in Sydney and operating in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Singapore… and opening in Switzerland in 2023. TFE has a portfolio of seven hotel brands – A by Adina, Adina Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Quincy Hotels, Travelodge Hotels, Rendezvous Hotels and Collection by TFE Hotels which includes The Calile Hotel, The Hotel Britomart, Hotel Kurrajong and The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, with more in the development pipeline.