News & Events: April – June 2008 Department of English & Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program is delighted to welcome Jill Jones, our newest creative writing lecturer. Jill Jones is a poet and writer. Her most recent book, Broken/Open, was published by Salt Publishing in 2005. It was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year 2005 and the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize 2006. Find out more about Jill Jones by visiting her website and reading her blog.

Issue 11 of Wet Ink – the magazine of new writing is now available. It includes PhD candidate Larry Buttrose’s essay ‘What is to be done’ and an interview by PhD graduate Susan Errington with Eva Sallis (the Creative Writing Program’s first writer in residence) … not to mention a forthright editorial on the importance of small publishers.

Rachel Hennessey, MA Graduate and PhD candidate, and author of The Quakers (Wakefield Press), participated in two panels at the 2008 Sydney Writers’ Festival: ‘Based on Truth’ and ‘But I Don’t Like You’.

MA Graduate and PhD candidate, Jared Thomas, is represented in the just-released Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, published by Allen & Unwin.

PhD candidate and MA graduate, Carol LeFevre, has won the 2008 Nita B. Kibble Literary Award for her novel, Nights in the Asylum, published by Random House. The Kibble Literary Award recognises the work of an established Australian female writer with a $20,000 prize. Carol says of her award, ‘Past winners of the Nita B. Kibble prize are some of Australia’s finest women writers, so it feels like a wonderful honour to have been added to the list.’

PhD graduate Malcolm Walker’s novel for young adults, The Stone Crown, was published by Walker Books in May 2008, and launched at the SA Writers’ Centre by Sean Williams.

PhD candidate Gillian Britton published a short story ‘Travels With My Mother’ in the Meanjin ‘Eternal Summer’ double issue 2007-2008.

Visiting research fellow Moya Costello published an essay, ‘Your studio, your home ground’ in Object Magazine 55 (Studio Edition).

Professor Nicholas Jose published ‘George’ and Emeritus Professor Thomas Shapcott published an extract from ‘The Waterfall Pool’ in a New Australian Fiction edition of US journal The Review of Contemporary Fiction (Vol xxvii).

Issue 10 of Wet Ink – the magazine of new writing is now available. It includes poetry from Emeritus Professor Thomas Shapcott, an interview by Petra Fromm with award-winning Australian writer and PhD candidate Sean Williams, and Creative Writing affiliate Moya Costello’s discussion with Tony Birch and Jan Webb on the pleasures of the short story – plus the usual array of fine fiction, poetry and reviews.

Issue 4 of Etchings, themed ‘The Art of Conversation’, is now available. Etchings features short fiction, poetry, visual art, photography and essays. It is published by Ilura Press, an independent Melbourne publisher founded by Sabina Hopfer and Christopher Lappas, both  Creative Writing PhD graduates. ‘The Art of Conversation’ includes short fiction by PhD candidate Henry Ashley-Brown and MA graduate Rebekah Clarkson.

Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature: MA Graduate Lesley Beasley was shortlisted for the $10,000 Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by a SA Emerging Writer to be Published by Wakefield Press for her manuscript ‘As The Sun Shines’. PhD graduate Ken Bolton was shortlisted for the $15,000 John Bray Poetry Award for his book, At the Flash and At the Baci (Wakefield Press).

PhD Candidate and M.A. Graduate Rachel Hennessy’s novel, The Quakers (Wakefield Press), was launched at Adelaide Writers’ Week at 3.15 Friday 7 March. This novel, based on Rachel’s M.A. thesis, won the 2006 Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by a SA Emerging Writer to be Published by Wakefield Press.

PhD graduate Corrie Hosking’s novel, Eating Lolly (HarperCollins) was launched at Adelaide Writers’ Week.

MA Graduate and PhD candidate Sean Williams’s children’s novel, The Changeling, has been published byHarperCollins, and Ticonderoga Publications has published a definitive “best of Sean Williams” collection titled Magic Dirt.

PhD candidate John De Laine’s poem ‘Condemned’ has won a high commendation in the 2007 FAW John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award.

Events 2008

PhD graduate and Vogel winner Stefan Laszczuk and Creative Writing Lecturer and author Phillip Edmonds will be guests at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival in July.

PhD Graduate Malcolm Walker held a university launch/meet the author event in conjunction with the Barr Smith Library. Malcolm’s novel, The Stone Crown, will be launched by Ian Bone in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, Tuesday 10 June 2008. RSVP by 2 June to

The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild and students from the Creative Writing Program collaborated to producepage#1, scene#1 … the end and other stories. An ensemble of actors directed by Michael Allen have interpreted for the stage the writing of Creative Writing students/graduates Henry Ashley-Brown, John De Laine, Rachel Hennessy, Stephen Lawrence and Heather Taylor Johnson.

Writing seminars at the SA Writers’ Centre included ‘Three Tasks for the Emerging Writer’ by Eva Sallis, novelist and Writer in Residence at Adelaide University. and ‘Essay Writing: telling non-fiction stories’ by Patrick Allington, PhD Graduate.


The following four GUEST SEMINARS were held in April & May 2008


‘I know a story you don’t know’: The small story/the big politics (Presented jointly with the Politics Discipline)

Award-winning writer Merlinda Bobis takes the ‘big stories’ and the act of telling stories to task. How do we make known the hidden story? How do we write the small, personal story into the large social and political issues? How do we ensure that the human tale is not swept away by the master narratives? She will address these questions crucial to the writing of The Solemn Lantern Maker, her new novel about child prostitution and the murder of a political journalist in the context of the global war on terror in the Philippines.

Also note that The Solemn Lantern Maker will be launched by Nicholas Jose at Imprints, Hindley St  on Monday 7 April at 6pm.


‘Pitching Fiction: A literary agent’s and a publisher’s perspective’ (Presented jonitly with the South Australian Writers’ Centre)

Lyn Tranter is president of the Australian Literary Agents’ Association and the proprietor of Australian Literary Management, which represents many novelists, including Debra Adelaide, Adib Khan, Gao Xingjian & Mabel Lee, Amanda Lohrey and Malcolm Knox.

Jane Palfreyman is a publisher at Allen & Unwin. In a distinguished career she has published Miles Franklin Award-winning novels by David Foster, Frank Moorhouse and Roger McDonald as well as Bradley Trevor Greive’s bestsellers and younger novelists such as Christos Tsiolkas, James Bradley, Michelle de Kretser, Nikki Gemmell and Gail Jones.


‘Opened Ground: the politics of contemporary British and Irish poetry’ (Presented jointly with the Centre for Poetry & Poetics, UniSA)

Leading UK author Blake Morrison has written non-fiction, fiction, essays, stage adaptations and libretti. His poetry includes Dark Glasses (1984), winner of a Somerset Maugham Award, and The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper (and Other Poems) (1987). He is editor (with Andrew Motion) of The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry (1982).  And When Did You Last See Your Father? (1993) won the J. R. Ackerley Prize and the Esquire/Volvo/Waterstone’s Non-Fiction Book Award and was made into a film in 2007, starring Colin Firth.


‘On Being an Editor’ (Presented jointly with the South Australian Writer’s Centre)

Carmel Bird’s novels The Bluebird Cafe (1990), The White Garden (1995) and Red Shoes (1998) were shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. She has also published short stories and guides for writers, including Dear Writer (1998) andWriting the Story of Your Life (2008). Her most recent fiction is the collection The Essential Bird (2006) and the novelCape Grimm (2005). Among the works she has edited are Daughters and Fathers (1997), The Stolen Children: Their Stories (1998) and The Penguin Century of Australian Stories (2000). She has worked as fiction editor at Meanjin and at Australasian Post and also edited journals Syllable and Fine Line. Much of her work concerning workshops and writing courses involves particular aspects of the editing process.

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