Seminar with C.A.L – J.M. Coetzee Writing Fellow Cath Kenneally

The first English and Creative Writing Seminar for 2016 will feature the J.M. Coetzee Writing Fellow for 2015, Cath Kenneally, as well as PhD candidate, Henry Pruncken.

Friday March 4, 3:00-5:00 pm, Room 618, Napier ALL WELCOME

Cath Kenneally, “Home and Away”

A great deal of my writing seems to flutter around ideas of place, belonging, and, conversely, escape and reinvention: the original home ground of my birth family and imposed attachments and affiliations gave way to a conscious discarding of these for freshly-selected locales and associates, and the illusory nature of imagined new beginnings. I will talk briefly to this theme, with reference to my writing to date: travel and staying still and what Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak calls ‘the hard work of beginning again’.”
Cath Kenneally is a poet, novelist, arts writer and broadcaster. Her two novels are Room Temperature and Jetty Road, and her sixth poetry collection (2013) was Eaten Cold (Walleah Press). She won the John Bray National Poetry Prize for Around Here (2002) and is a past winner of the Barbara Hanrahan Award. She has been Arts Producer at Radio Adelaide since 1990, producing a national books and writing program, Writers Radio, and a magazine arts
program, Arts Breakfast. She has been a longtime reviewer of books in many newspapers and journals, and written widely on the visual arts. She regularly judges in several categories for the Adelaide Festival Literary Awards. She has been a guest at many national and international literary festivals. She is also the author of About Being Here, a monograph on Adelaide ceramist Angela Valamanesh. Currently she is the inaugural CAL Writing Fellow at the Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at Adelaide University where she is working on her third novel.

Henry Pruncken

Henry Prunckun holds a social science degree but is currently a candidate for the degree of Master of Philosophy in creative writing. His writing interest is in crime fiction, in particular, private investigations. In 2014 he had his first crime-related short story published in ananthology. Prunckun’s study examined how the use of adaptation could be used to rework the traditional private investigation novel and in doing so include a love theme. His project used intertextuality
to connect the original text—Conrad’s Heart of Darkness—with the adapted text. The project used a practice-led research approach that comprised various studio practices as well as field methods, library research, and lived experience.


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