News & Events: October – December 2008 Department of English & Creative Writing

An extract from Patrick Allington’s forthcoming novel, Figurehead (Black Inc.), was published in The AdvertiserSummer Reading Edition in December 2008. Figurehead will be published in July 2009.

Current and former students – including Stefan Laszczuk, Rachel Hennessy, Sean Williams and Carol Lefevre – featured strongly in a feature on South Australian writers, ‘Novel Approach’, which appeared in the December issue ofthe Adelaide magazine. Wet Ink, Wordfire and the Lee Marvin readings also earned positive mentions.

The joint winners of the 2008 Adelaide Review/Penny’s Hill Winery prize for students from the University of Adelaide’s postgraduate course in food writing, Hilary Duns and Marianne Robins, both had pieces published in the December 2008 edition of the Adelaide Review. Hilary Duns contributed a personal essay, ‘Wash your fruit before you eat it’ andMarianne Robins contributed a short story. ‘Dining Alone’.

Melissa Hayhoe and Carli Ratcliff (both 2008 graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Food Writing course) both had articles in the ‘Good Living’ section of the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 December 2008. Carli Ratcliff’s ‘Beyond tea and scones’ is about cooking skills and a support network going hand in hand at the CWA. Melissa Mayhoe’s ‘A fresh looks brings quality to the table’ is about sashimi and freshness.

In Heat 18 Professor Brian Castro’s ‘In Camera: Arrested Motion & Future Mourning’ considers The Decameron and the melancholy fate of authorship. The issue also includes an essay by Jennifer Rutherford which considers Professor Castro’s novel The Garden Book and its relationship to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.

Sean Williams features in the 2009 Aurealis Award shortlists. The Changeling (Sean’s MA project, now published byHarperCollins) has been shortlisted in the children’s long fiction division, alongside the sequel, The Dust Devils. The Changeling has also been shortlisted in the young adult novel division. Sean has also been shortlisted in the science fiction novel and collection divisions for Earth Ascendant and Magic Dirt: the best of Sean Williams. The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis Magazine, to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Issue 13 of Wet Ink: the magazine of new writing has hit the shelves. It includes an inteview by Dominique Wilson with Janette Turner Hospital plus the usual mix of fine fiction, nonfiction, poetry and reviews.

The final Wordfire for 2008 was held at the Crown & Sceptre Hotel, King William Street, on Monday 8 December, 7pm for 7.30pm. Wordfire is a literary salon organised by students of the Creative Writing program.

Jill Jones’s poetry is included in these just-released anthologies: The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry (ed. John Kinsella), The Best Australian Poetry 2008 (ed. David Brooks, UQP), The Best Australian Poems 2008 (ed. Peter Rose, Black Inc.) and The Second Hay(na)ku Anthology (eds. Jean Vengua and Mark Young, Meritage Press, USA, and X-Pressed, Finland).  In 2008 her poems have appeared in the Australian Literary Review, the Australian, Overland,Australian Book Review and Meanjin.

The Creative Writing Program congratulates Bel Schenk (MA, PhD) on the publication of her poetry collection,Ambulances & Dreamers (Wakefield Press), which was launched at the Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, in November.

Jill Jones has collaborated with the artist Bruno Leti to produce the book Questions for Light (artist book designed and published by Bruno Leti, limited edition of 22, Carlton, 2008).

The Creative Writing Program congratulates PhD in Creative Writing candidate, Miguel Syjuco, who on 13 November won the 2008 Man Asia Literary Prize for his unpublished manuscript Ilustrado. The Man Asian Literary Prize was established in 2006 to bring greater worldwide attention to Asian writing and authors.

The forthcoming anthology of writers enrolled in creative writing courses at universities across Australia, Re-placement (published by Southern Cross University Press and Australian Association of Writing Programs), includes writing by University of Adelaide Creative Writing students Gillian Britton, Carol Lefevre, Stephen Lawrence and Holly Gramazio.

Audio book rights for Carol Lefevre’s novel, If You Were Mine, have been sold to Louis Braille.

The 2008 Feast Literature Program includes Relish, an afternoon session of writers and poets performing their work. Poets include Creative Writing program graduates Bell Schenk and Ray Tyndale and Senior Lecturer Jill JonesRelish is on 22 November, 1-5pm, at the SA Writers’ Centre, 2nd floor, 187 Rundle St.

Patrick Allington’s novel, Figurehead, will be published by Black Inc. in 2009.

PhD candidate Miguel Syjuco has been shortlisted for the 2008 Man Asia Literary Prize for his manuscript, Illustrado. The Man Asian Literary Prize is an annual award for an “Asian novel unpublished in English”. Illustrado has also been awarded the Grand Prize for a novel in English by the Don Carlo Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the most prestiguous literary awards in the Philippines.

The Creative Writing Program is delighted to advise that Susanna Moore will be Writer In Residence from May to August 2009. Susanna Moore has written eight books, including the novels In the Cut (made into a film directed by Jane Campion) and The Big Girls, and the memoir, I Myself Have Seen It: The Myth of Hawai’i. She is a lecturer in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.

On 30 Otober Professor Brian Castro presented ‘Arrested Motion and Future Mourning’ at a Friends of the Barr Smith Library Event.

PhD candidate Jared Thomas has an essay ‘Aboriginal Voices: Up Front and Centre’ in Vol.8, 2008, of the Journal of the Association of the Study of Australian Literature. Jared talks about his experience in teaching Aboriginal studies, especially writing by Aborigines, to a range of students at the University of South Australia. The abstract and full-text of the essay are available at the JASAL website.

Carol LeFevre presented her recently published novel If You Were Mine at the next Women’s Professional Development Network (WPDN) Bookclub on Friday 10 October at 1:00pm in the Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library.

Call for Submissions: following on from the success of this year’s collaboration between the University of AdelaideTheatre Guild and the Creative Writing Program, “page#1, Scene#1 … the end and other stories”, the Theatre Guild is again looking for pieces of writing – from University of Adelaide Creative Writing students and graduates – to be adapted into performance pieces. Please send all submissions to Stephanie Hester Submissions deadline is Monday 1 December 2008. For more information see thisCall for Submissions flyer.

The latest Wordfire, the literary salon organised by University of Adelaide Creative Writing students, was held on Monday 13 October. Readers included PhD candidates Roxxy Bent and Heather Sladdin Stuart and poet and Senior Lecturer Jill Jones. Wordfire is at the Crown & Sceptre Hotel, 308 King William Street, 7pm for a 7:30pm start – $2 at the door.

Graduate Certificate in Food Writing graduate Karen Rayment’s article ‘Paris – good enough to eat’ has been published in Issue 147 of the Brisbane magazine, bmag.

Visiting writers to the Second Semester seminar program in October included Sophie Cunningham (author of Bird and editor of Meanjin) and Hsu-Ming Teo (author of novels including Behind the Moon and co-author of Cultural History in Australia). PhD candidate Michelle Aung Thin presented her PhD proposal, and Sandra Lyne presented a paper on PhD graduate Malcolm Walker’s young adult novel, The Stone Crown.

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