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J.M. Coetzee's Forthcoming Novel Longlisted for Booker Prize

J.M. Coetzee's forthcoming novel The Schooldays of Jesus has been longlisted for the 2016 Booker Prize. Coetzee's latest novel follows on from his 2013 The Childhood of Jesus and is the second in a planned trilogy. Coetzee has previously won the Booker prize twice: in 1983 for Life & Times of Michael K and in 1999 for Disgrace. The Schooldays of Jesus is due to be published in August.

Annette Willis's Exhibition Opening

Adelaide Variations is an exhibition of B&W photographs shot by 2016 SALA Finalist and JMCCCP affiliate Annette Willis on her iPhone in the streets of Adelaide. The exhibition will be opened by Lisa Slade Assistant Director, Artistic Programs Art Galllery of South Australia on the 4th of August.

Public Lecture: Beckett's Unhappiness

Professor Andrew Gibson (Royal Holloway, University of London) will give an public lecture titled “An Intellectual Justification of Unhappiness: Beckett’s Aesthetic War on the Theodicies”, examining the political and intellectual implications of the Irish writer’s famous pessimism.


Eileen Myles in discussion with Ros Prosser

On Saturday 28 May, New York based experimental poet, novelist and performance artist Eileen Myles read from her work, followed by a discussion with Dr Ros Prosser. This was a terrific event held at a packed out Bakehouse Theatre. See our facebook page for photos and more!

Call for Presentations: Why Do Things Break?

Why do things break, fall apart, fall down, disintegrate, splinter, corrode, degenerate, devolve? Arts journal Double Dialogues celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special symposium themed ‘Creativity: Why Do Things Break?‘ to be held in conjunction with the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.This day long creative conference will showcase presentations that respond to the theme ‘Why Do Things Break?’ from a range of visual, performing, and literary arts. Proposals for presentations are due 14th June 2016.

Stephen Whittington: Erik Satie and Dada

A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Erik Satie

Elder Hall, University of Adelaide
Friday 13 May, 1.10 pm
Admission: $12

Stephen Whittington (piano), Konstantin Shamray (piano), Robert Macfarlane (tenor), Iran Sanadzadeh (electronics), Derek Pascoe (saxophone)

Music by Erik Satie, Stephen Whittington, Philip Corner

Erik Satie (b. May 17 1866), composer of the much-loved Gymnopedies, was one of music’s eccentric figures. This concert explores his relationship with Dada, the ‘anti-art’ movement founded during the darkest days of World War I, which has had an enduring influence on the arts.

Visiting Professors: Peter Arnds and Thomas Mical

Associate Professor Peter Arnds (Trinity College Dublin) and Professor Thomas Mical (Auckland University of Technology) are Visiting Professors at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice in 2016.

A/Prof Arnds is available for consultations and discussions with our centre members and affiliates until mid-June. He will also be giving a series of masterclasses on the role of the mythical creatures—specifically, werewolves and dogmen—in world literature. See our Calendar of Events.

Anna Goldsworthy to play Australian premiere of Stephen Whittington’s Autumn Thoughts

Friday April 14, 1.10pm, Elder Hall

Acclaimed pianist and JMCCCP research fellow Anna Goldsworthy will be performing works by the JMCCCP's Stephen Whittington, as well as works by Larry Sitsky, Graeme Koehne, Schubert, Prokofiev and Beethoven at Elder Hall this Friday 15 April. The concert will feature the Australian premiere of Whittington's Autumn Thoughts, as well as the world premiere of Sitsky's Nocturne.

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

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

Visions of Precarity: A Seminar with Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt and Luke Harrald

Thursday 19 November, Room G03, Napier Building

Associate Professor Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt (Nagoya University) and JMCCCP member Dr Luke Harrald will present a seminar on creative responses to precarity in Japan and Australia.

Ten Minutes to Midnight

'I am God': Alexander Scriabin's Piano Sonatas

14th November, 7pm at Elder Hall

Join internationally acclaimed pianists Konstantin Shamray, Stefan Ammer, Ashley Hribar and Mekhla Kumar in a once in a lifetime opportunity to honour the great Russian composer Alexander Scriabin (1872 – 1915) in his 100th year anniversary.

scriabin and pianists

Anna Goldsworthy's Essay on the Lost Art of Listening

Dr Anna Goldsworthy discusses the conundrum of classical music in the twenty-first century in her latest essay, "The Lost Art of Listening."

Shannon Burns Profiles Australian Writer Gerald Murnane

Dr Shannon Burns profiles enigmatic, brilliant and under-recognized Australian writer Gerald Murnane for the Australian Book Review. 

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, October 9 - 11

Pianist, writer and JMCCCP member Dr Anna Goldsworthy presided over her final Port Fairy Spring Music festival as artistic director this month.

Inaugural Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence Announced

Award-winning South Australian author Dr Cath Kenneally has been announced the inaugural Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence.

Dr Cath Kenneally

Experimental Writing Symposium, Masterclass and Seminar

Experimental Writing: Why and Why Now?
Seminar with Kate Lilley and Masterclass with Marion Mary Campbell, 17 Sept. Symposium and Readings Night, 18 Sept.

New Director Appointed at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice

Professor Jennifer Rutherford

Jennifer Rutherford is sociologist, literary scholar and essayist working in psycho-social poetics, with a particular focus on Australian literature and race relations.

Associate Professor Jennifer Rutherford

Open call for a Residency at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice

Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence

The J. M. Coetzee Centre is proud to announce a new residency for South Australian writers made possible by generous funding from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Jill Jones wins Victorian Premier's Poetry Prize for 2015

Jill Jones has won the Victorian Premier's Poetry Prize for The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher & Wattmann).

Jill Jones co-winner of The Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize 2014

Jill Jones

Brian Castro Wins 2014 Patrick White Literary Award

Professor Brian Castro has been awarded the 2014 Patrick White Literary Award.

Brian Castro

Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the World

A series of events held in Adelaide to honour the winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, J. M. Coetzee.

Traverses: J.M. Coetzee in the World

Lloyd Jones presents: 'The Beaded Curtain - A Writer's Approach to Hiroshima'

Award-winning writer Lloyd Jones reads from and discusses his latest work in-progress.

Lloyd Jones

Carrie Tiffany presents on 'The Novel as Collage'

Carrie Tiffany discusses migration, art and the intertextual in her fiction.

Carrie Tiffany

'Visually Enhanced Literature' with Tim Gaze

Tim Gaze discusses an array of non-verbal visual techniques used in fiction, ranging from Laurence Sterne, through to 20th century experiments and the abstract comics of today.

Tim Gaze

Professor Graeme Koehne appointed Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Professor Graeme Koehne AO


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