News & Events: 2007 Department of English & Creative Writing

In semester 2, 2007, Professor Jane Rogers, taught in CW Hons and Grad Dip.

Henry Ashley-Brown has had a short story, entered for the Wirra Wirra short-story competition, accepted into the anthology produced as part of the competition and the SA Writers’ Festival.

Corrie Hosking’s Ash Rain was shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award for the SA Writers’ Festival.

Professor Tom Shapcott was nominated/shortlisted for the Arts SA Ruby Awards for his contribution to literature.

John De Laine had a poem ‘Brubeck at Work, 1959’  in Blue Dog 6.11. Two poems ‘Pink Floyd Records’ and ‘Jaded’ are set to appear in Orbis 141 (UK) around September-October. A short film script ‘The Timetable’ will be produced by TAFE’s ACA Screen Production Program; shooting is expected to take place in September. A short story ‘Mr Dalloway’ was commended in the 2007 Australian Horror Writers’ Association Short Story Competition.

In August Dominique Wilson was part of a panel on “Learning to love your editor”, organised by the Society of Editors [Vic] and the Victorian Writers’ Centre. Dominique also held a full-day workshop for new and emerging writers on “Getting published” at the Victorian Writers’ Centre.

Anne Bartlett, talking about her PhD novel Knitting, and Dominique Wilson, on a panel on publishing, were part of the SA Writers’ Festival in September.

2007 Food Writing graduate Vikki Moore won the inaugural Penny’s Hill/Adelaide Review Prize for Food Writing.

Wet Ink issue 7 winter 2007 has non-fiction ‘Bilocation: A Memoir Memoir’ by Shannon Burns, and book reviews by Rebecca Ebert, Susan Errington, Petra Fromm, Dominique Wilson.

Stephanie Hester presented at the International Conference and Symposium: Mourning and Its Hospitalities / (after) at the University of Queensland on ‘”Each has won a glorious grave”: The role of lore and literature in sustaining the practice of war commemoration in Australia’ in July.

Professor J.M. Coetzee gave a session at the Mildura Writers’ Festival on Censorship on Thursday July 19 and read on Sunday 22 for the La Trobe University Dean’s Lecture. On Saturday 21 July, Professor Nicholas Jose was part of a session on Sense of Place/Sence of Space and on Getting Personal.

Nick Jose gave a workshop with Alexis Wright at Batchelor Institute and a reading at the Aboriginal Australia Art & Culture Centre in Alice Springs on 24 May and participated in readings, panel discussions and a workshop in Katherine on 25-27 May for the Northern Territory Eye of the Storm Writers’ Festival. He participated in panel discussions and readings at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, 31 May – 3 June, on ‘The Publishing Route to China’, ‘The Forgotten’ (at Whitlam Library, Cabramatta), ‘Australian Hymns’ and ‘Are We Neglecting Australian Literature?’ His ‘The Disappearing Act of Translation’ appeared in Australian Book Review, June 2007.

Visiting Research Fellow Hazel Rowley, distinguished biographer, alumna and guest of the School of Humanities, gave a Friends of the Library talk on 7 June on ‘The Ups, the Downs: My Life as a Biographer’ to a large and appreciative audience and presented graduate seminars for History, English and Gender Studies/Politics, as well as conducting workshops with Creative Writing postgrads.

The Sydney Writers’ Festival was on from May 28 to June 3. Nicholas Jose was in sessions on China and publishing on May 31 10.30-12, the forgotten, lost and unknown on May 31 6-7.30 pm (at Cabramatta Whitlam Library), the everyday on June 1 11.30-12.30, and Australian literature on June 3 1.30-3 pm. Carol Lefevre, PhD student, with Nights in the Asylum published (her MA thesis), was on  June 3 on Cockatoo Island 11.30-12-30, on stories of flight, and on June 1 1-2 pm on mothers and daughters. Sean Williams, an MA alumnus, was on sessions for secondary-school students, and on May 30 6-8 pm about galaxies far away, and May 32 3-4 about cross-over fiction.

Dylan Coleman’s ‘Seven Sisters Strong’ will be published in the national anthology Culture is …: Australian Experiences Across Cultures compiled by the Multicultural Writers Association of South Australia. Wakefield Press will be the publisher.

Dominique Wilson’s article ‘From cholera to howlers’ was published in the May edition of Victorian Writer.

Stephanie Hester conducted interviews with two writers as part of the 2007 AGM for the SA Writers’ Centre.

Phillip Edmonds and Susan Errington gave seminars, on the short story and writing technique respectively, at the Writers and Their Words series at the Flinders University of South Australia.

Phillip Edmonds, Stephen Lawrence and Moya Costello have work in the first issue of Text for the year.

Kerryn Goldsworthy is doing the short reviews of fiction on Saturdays for the Sydney Morning Herald in the Review magazine section.

Wet Ink now has international distribution (including USA, Canada, South Africa and the UK) through Pansing IMM (a magazine distributor).

Roseanne Hawke, PhD alumna, is chairing a session at Come Out’s Allwrite and is shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s awards for children’s writing.  Ian Bone is also part of Allwrite.

Stephen Lawrence, current PhD student, was part of the first symposium of the Poetry and Poetics Centre.

The Sydney Writers’ Festival is on from May 28 to June 3. Nicholas Jose is in sessions on China and publishing on May 31 10.30-12, the forgotten, lost and unknown on May 31 6-7.30 pm (at Cabramatta Whitlam Library), the everyday on June 1 11.30-12.30, and Australian literature on June 3 1.30-3 pm. Carol Lefevre, PhD student, with Nights in the Asylum just published (her MA thesis), is on  June 3 on Cockatoo Island 11.30-12-30, on stories of flight, and on June 1 1-2 pm on mothers and daughters. Sean Williams, an MA alumnus, is on sessions for secondary-school students, and on May 30 6-8 pm about galaxies far away, and May 32 3-4 about cross-over fiction.

For Write On, a festival of creative writing for young people in the city of Unley, Heather Taylor Johnson gave a workshop on short-story writing on Thursday 19 April.

Carol Lefevre’s novel Nights in the Asylum was published this April by Random House. The novel was Carol’s MA project.

Issue 6 is of Wet Ink is out with work from Thomas Shapcott, Kristel Thornell and reviews by Dominique Wilson. Will Brown, Heather Taylor Johnson, Phillip Edmonds and Petra Fromm.

Tony Bugeja with an excerpt from Dark Man Walking, Steve Kelen with poems ‘Anthropology’ and ‘Fireworks’, and Emmett Stinson with ‘Dry’ are featured in the second issue of Etchings.

A poem by Henry Ashley-Brown entitled “Falling Man at nine forty one, Sept Eleven” was published in Unruly Sun, Friendly Street Poets 31, by Friendly Street Poets in association with Wakefield Press. His short story, ‘Accommodation Wanted’, from The Body anthology, was read over ABC Radio National, Sunday 15th April.

Emma Carmody’s poem “Pacific Baroque 1 (A fugue in words inspired by a shipwreck at Vanikoro)” appeared in the April edition of the Australian Book Review.

Rachel Hennessy had her first short film screenplay, Not Waving, Drowning, produced late in 2006. It was recently screened at the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and is currently on a regional tour to Bendigo, Cairns and Rockhampton. It has also been selected for the 21st London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the third largest film festival in the UK, and for the 17th Annual Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival in May.

Stephen Lawrence’s story “Repartnered” was published in WORD, the Adelaide Fringe Writers’ Festival Anthology, March 2007. An extended version of his review of Stephen Edgar’s book of poetry Other Summers, previously published in Wet Ink in December 2006, was recently placed on the Black Pepper Publishing website; and his letter to the editor, “Much Australian poetry is, let’s face it, terrible”, was published in the Weekend Australian Review, 31 Mar – 1 Apr 2007.

Kristel Thornell had a short story in Driftwood (vol 2, no 1).

Nick Jose read a message on behalf of Scott Hicks for the Palm Sunday peace event in Adelaide.

Current PhD student Henry Ashley-Brown has had work published in Tally Man, Unruly Sun, Friendly Street Reader 31, and Artstate.

New MA student Roxxy Bent has won the 13th annual Harper Collins Scarlet Stiletto award for her short story ‘Mrs Wilcox’s Milk Saucepan’.

Alumna Helen Mitchell’s short story ‘Whispering Shadows’ won the Copper Triangle 2006 Short Story Competition.

Rachel Manning has a story in Island magazine.

Alexandra Weaver, a Graduate Diploma alumna, won  the Independent Arts Foundation New Writing Scholarship, and Rebecca Ebert, an Honours alumna, won the Colin Thiele New Writing Scholarship, from The South  Australian Youth Arts Board.

As a former President of International PEN Sydney PEN, 2002-2005, Professor Nicholas Jose attended the International PEN Asia and Pacific Regional Conference in Hong Kong.

Professor Nicholas Jose gave a presentation, ‘Bringing Our Books Back: Anthologising Australian Literature’,  to theAdelaide Lyceum Club.

PhD candidate, Dominique Wilson, has a story in February’s issue of the Griffith Review.

New PhD alumna, Heather Taylor Johnson, wrote an article on reading/performance venues in Adelaide for the newsletter of the SA Writers’ Centre.

Emerge, new writing from students in Creative Writing Programs around Australia, published by Wet Ink late 2006, has been reviewed early this year by newspapers around Australia.

On Sunday November 11 Dominique Wilson had a short story read over ABC Radio National.  On Wednesday December 5 Dominique took part in the ‘Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities’ conference at Flinders University by presenting, on behalf of Adelaide PEN, a conversation with displaced Chilean writer Juan Garrido-Salgado. This was followed by Heather Taylor-Johnson and Rachel Hennessey reading from the works of writers in exile.

Chelsea Avard, Amy Matthews and Moya Costello presented at the Australian Association of Writing Programs’ (AAWP) annual conference.

Dylan Coleman, PhD candidate, will present at the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Conference in December.

Jared Thomas, PhD candidate, is a guest at the 2008 Adelaide Festival Writers’ Week.

Dr Patrick Allington, a PhD alumnus, has been awarded an Australia Council Literature Board Fellowship.

Dr Moya Costello had an item on her PhD thesis in the occasional column ‘My Journal’ in the Review section of theWeekend Australian on October 20. And a research paper in Text.

Alexandra Weaver, a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing, is winner of the 2007 Wirra Wirra short story competition, youth section, held during the recent SA Writers’ Festival.

Issue 8 of Wet Ink is out with a story from Grad Dip student, Adam Finley, and a review from Grad Dip, Martina Newhook, along with reviews from PhD candidates Stephen Lawrence and Petra Fromm, and an interview with Peter Goldsworthy by Dominique Wilson. Dr Phillip Edmonds and PhD graduate Heather Taylor Johnson also have reviews.

Nick Jose is on the board of the new Asia Pacific New Writing Partnership launched at the 2007 Ubud Writers’ Festival in Bali this September. The Partnership supports diversity of cultural expression, and literature that crosses borders. It champions the notion that literature enhances understanding between cultures and seeks to create stronger international interest in new writing from the region.

Stefan Laszczuk has won the  2007 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for ‘I Dream of Magda’, his PhD thesis.

Stephanie Santich, among the first students to complete the Graduate Certificate in Food Writing, has a piece on Haigh’s  peppermint marrons in the Adelaidean.

Nick Jose and Eva Sallis have been invited to the Watermark Literary Muster 2-6 October under the theme of ‘The Nature and Place of Migration’.  Kendall, NSW mid-north coast.

Heather Taylor Johnson and Stephen Lawrence are to be judges of the Blake Poetry Prize whose winner and commended entries will be published in Wet Ink.

J M Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year has been published by Text and was reviewed by Kerryn Goldsworthy in the Weekend Australian on Saturday 25th August. J M Coetzee read from the work at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Events 2007

The symposium for creative writing students, Unconventional, was on 20 September 2007, at the SA Writers’ Centre. With Stephanie Hester, Dr Patrick Allington, Professor Nicholas Jose, Dr Heather Taylor Johnson.

Professor Jane Rogers spoke on Ethics in Fiction on Tuesday 2 October, 4-5 pm at Scots Centre, Nth Tce and Pulteney St.

A Poetry Pod was held on Friday 12 October, 11 am , room 618, Napier. When is poetry fiction?

Professor Jane Rogers gave a Friends of the Library talk on 16 August at 6.30pm.  On September 7 she spoke in the Discipline seminars 2-3.30, 618 Napier.

Works by Henry Ashley-Brown, Stephen Lawrence and Heather Taylor-Johnson were performed by the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild on Open Day , Sunday 26 August, Barr Smith Library Reading Room, 11.15, 12 and 12.45.

PhD presentations: 17 August Gillian Britton and Bernadette Smith.  24 August Patirico Munoz and Stephen Lawrence.  31 August Ian bone from his ongoing PhD. 14 Sept Larry Buttrose and Rachel Hennick. 5 October: Chelsea Avard and Stef Lashchuk.  12 October Stephanie Thompson. 19 October a paper from Amy Matthews and Rachel Hennessy.

gutto (“gaining knowledge”) – Indigenous Literacy Day Fundraising Event was at Sarah’s Café, Leigh Street, Tuesday August 14. Our students  Dylan Coleman and Jared Thomas participated in an evening of readings. Nicholas Jose, Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide, introduced the speakers.

Wordfire was on August 6, including Carol Lefevre and Jan Harrow.

Representatives of the National Young Writers’ Festival spoke in August.

Animate 3 was on Thursday June 21 at 8pm at La Boheme – 36 Grote Street. $5 gets you stuff like answers to pesky questions, your literary horoscopes, short stories, letters to the ed, a chapter, some poems, some non-fiction and an interview with Matt Rubinstein about unreadable manuscripts. Heather Taylor Johnson, Sonja Dechian and Stephanie Hester all participated.

Writer, Matt Rubinstein spoke about his latest novel on 15 June.

THE LEE MARVIN READINGS Tuesdays in June at Gallery de la Catessen 9 Anster St., Adelaide (off Waymouth at the King William end, near FAD nightclub) 7.30 for 8 PM start, Price $5. Naomi Horridge on June 5.  Rachel Hennessy, Cath Kenneally and Ken Bolton June 12. Anna Barrie on June 19. Ken Bolton, Heather Taylor Johnson and Bel Schenk on June 26. In August: 9th Reading August 7: Kerryn Goldsworthy, Cath Kenneally. 11th Reading August 21, Ken Bolton, Stephanie Hester, Moya Costello, Bern Smith. 12th Reading August 28, , Cathoel Jorss, Nicholas Jose, Naomi Horridge.

Hazel Rowley spoke on Christina Stead and Richard Wright on 8 June.

Professor Susan Sheridan spoke on Australian Letters and Post-war Modernity on 1 June, 2 pm, Napier, 6th flor, rm 618.

On June 4 at Wordfire, Hazel Rowley read with Rebekah Clarkson, Jan Harrow, Emma Carmody, Kristel Thornell, and Chelsea Avard.

Mandy and Bruce Mackie spoke about bookselling, 18 May, Napier 618, 2pm.

Dr Jan Harrow gave a paper about teaching point of view, and PhD candidate Kristel Thornell gave her PhD proposal on 25 May.

Mary Cunnane, Literary Agent, spoke on Writer to Reader, 4 May, 2 pm, Napier 618.  Ben Ball spoke on publishing on May 11.

Nights in the Asylum, by Carol Lefevre, published by Random House, was launched by Nicholas Jose on Thursday 3 May, 6 pm at Imprints Booksellers, 107 Hindley St, Adelaide.

Jared Thomas gave his PhD proposal, Friday 27 April, r 618, Napier, 2 pm.

The first Poetry Symposium from the Poetry and Poetics Centre, which included the participation of Stephen Lawrence, PhD student, was held on 27-28 April.

March 23, Friday, Arnold Zable spoke about his work in rm 618, 6th flr Napier, 2-3.30 pm.

As part of the  the Fringe Word event, Adelaide PEN was invited to hold a series of readings on imprisoned writers at the newly-created Fringe Factory Theatre on Mellor Street. The first night, chaired by Dominique Wilson, featured renowned Iraqi poet Yahia al-Samawy reading his poetry in Arabic, translated by Eva Sallis (Honorary Research Associate), who also read from her own work, and Nicholas Jose speaking about the imprisoned Chinese poet and journalist Shi Tao. Rachel Hennessy, Bel Schenk and Dominique Wilson (PhD candidates) read from the work of affected writers and participated in panels. Patrick Allington (PhD graduate) read his short story ‘Snapshots’ Dominique also held a workshop for new and emerging writers on “Getting published” at the SA Writers’ Centre on publishing. The third night was chaired by Nick Jose.

The second issue of Etchings was launched in Adelaide on Thursday 29 March, by Anne Bartlett, at Hard Rubbish Cafe, Rymill Park, cnr East Tce and Rundle Road.

staples – a zine of creative and sometimes critical writing that is supported and sponsored by the University of Adelaide, returned for 2007 with the launch of editions 7 and 8 at a readings event on 29 March. staples is edited by Gavin Schultz (BA student), Emily Cock and Bradley Cagney (English and Creative Writing Honours students).  Readings featured Heather Taylor Johnson, with a lecture on Poe and Derrida by the outgoing editor and founder of staples and current PhD candidate, Shannon Burns. The lecture was entitled “The Constellation of Trauma and the Voice of Haunting in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”.

KERRYN GOLDWORTHY IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER ROSE: As part of the Fridays at the Flinders University Library series, ‘A Wardrobe of Hats: Reading, Writing and Criticism in the Public Sphere’ was the topic of  conversation on Friday 30 March at 3.30pm, in the Noel Stockdale Room,  Flinders University Library.

March 15,  the second ‘issue’ of live journal Animate Quarterly was held at La Boheme, 36 Grote Street, Adelaide from 8pm. Animate teamed up with Voiceworks for the Adelaide launch of their next issue. Voiceworks is a national, quarterly magazine that features exciting new writing by writers under 25. It was a varied night of readings, horoscopes, questions to Agony Aunt etc.

‘Reading the Country’ was held on Saturday 27 Jan, Hahndorf Academy, 68 Main St, Hahndorf. With J M Coetzee and Kerryn Goldsworthy.

Marion Halligan was in a Friends of the Library event, Barr Smith Library. Date Thursday 8 February, Time 6.00.

12 March, a Fringe writing event was held in Adelaide: Wordfire at the Crown & Sceptre, King William Street, Adelaide, including Heather Taylor Johnson, Henry Ashley-Brown, Anna Solding, John De Laine, Lyndall Clipstone and Alice Sladdin.

Lee Marvin reading on April 3 included Bel Schenk, Jordan D’Arsie and Carol Lefevre.  Moya Costello, Stephen Lawrence and Amanda Chapman on Tuesday 10th, and April 17: Nicholas Jose, Gillian Britton, Caroline Horn, Cathoel Jorss.   4th Reading April 24 including Alexandra Weaver,  Shannon Burns and Cath Kenneally.

Thursday 15 November, International Day of Imprisoned Writer with Dominique Wilson, Nick Jose, J M Coetzee, Dylan Coleman. Lawns of State Library, North Terrace, 12-2 pm.

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