News & Events: 2010 Department of English & Creative Writing

Patrick Allington is a guest of the 2010 Ubud Writers’ and Readers’ Festival, including satellite events in Semarang and Jakarta.

Phillip Edmonds’ new novella, Leaving Home with Henry (Australian Scholarly Publishing) was launched Sunday 29 August at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Miguel Syjuco, Emmett Stinson and Phillip Edmonds are all guests of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival 2010.

Professor Brian Castro (The Bath Fugues) and Professor J.M. Coetzee (Summertime) have both been shortlisted for the Fiction Book Award, 2010 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.

Phillip Edmonds was a guest at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival.

Emmett Stinson and Patrick Allington both have short stories in The Big Issue’s fiction special, ‘Toasty Tales’.

Best-selling novelist and PhD candidate Sean Williams will team up with fellow best-selling writer Garth Nix to co-write a new children’s fantasy series called Troubletwisters. The series has been picked up in three separate six-figure deals and will be published in the US by Scholastic, in the UK by Edgmont and in Australia by Allen & Unwin. The first book in the series will be published in 2011.

The shortlists for the 2010 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature have been released. PhD graduate Julia Leigh(Disquiet), Chair of Creative Writing Brian Castro (The Bath Fugues) and Visiting Research Fellow J.M. Coetzee(Summertime) have all been nominated for the Fiction Award. PhD graduate and Associate Lecturer Amy T Matthewsand PhD graduate Anna Solding have both been nominated for the Unpublished Manuscript Award. The winners of the Festival Awards for Literature will be announced at 4.00pm on Sunday 28 February, the first day of Writers’ Week.

Professor Brian Castro has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award for The Bath Fugues. Read the judges’ comments on The Bath Fugues here.


Jane Camens (PhD candidate) is the overall winner of the 2009 Fish Short Story Prize, and the first Australian to win, for ‘A Matter of Luck’. The prize is 3,000 euro, of which 1,000 is for travel to the launch on 7 July.

Dominique Wilson is winner of one of the inaugural University Doctoral Research Medals for her Creative Writing thesis.

Brian Castro, for The Bath Fugues (Giramondo) and Patrick Allington, for Figurehead (Black Inc), have both been longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

The Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature were presented on 28 February. Amy T. Matthews won the Unpublished manuscript award ($10,000) – open to South Australian writers only – for her manuscript ‘End of the Night Girl’. This is the fourth time this award has been won by a University of Adelaide creative writing student/graduate: Rachel Hennessy won in 2006 for ‘The Quakers’, Stefan Laszczuk is 2004 or ‘Goddamn Bus of Happiness and Corrie Hosking in 2002 for ‘The Black Dream’. This year, Patrick Allington was awarded the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship ($15,000).

Independent Melbourne publisher Ilura Press is proud to be producing Etchings Indigenous, a publication promoting the work of Indigenous writers and artists. The entire publication will be produced by Indigenous members of the community under the mentorship of Ilura Press editors and staff. Etchings Indigenous will be modelled on Etchings, blending short fiction, essays, poetry, art, and photography. Project Coordinator for Etchings Indigenous is Coral Reeve, a member of the Gunditjmara nation. Ilura Press was founded by Sabina Hopfer and Christopher Lappas, both graduates of the University of Adelaide’s PhD in Creative Writing.

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