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It's Raining Poetry!

Two PhD students at the University of Adelaide, Camille Roulière and Marianne Braux, have organised an exciting street art/poetry event with the support of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at The University of Adelaide. Featuring a selection of poems from local Adelaide poets (including Jill Jones, Jennifer Liston, Alison Bennett, Banjo James and more), Camille and Marianne have painted poems in special “invisible” paint on the streets of Adelaide, only for the stencilled words to magically appear on the pavement after it rains. View the map here or visit the Facebook page for photos, updates and more!

Either Or: A Concert Presented by Soundstream New Music Collective

The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice is proud to be supporting new music collective Soundstream in a unique evening of premieres that combines cutting edge electro/acoustic works with the dramatic tonal language of Irish composer Gerald Barry. The evening will feature the spectacular vocal artistry of Tasmanian born, London based soprano Alison Bell performing in Barry's La Plus Forte. Tickets can be booked here: Please see flier for further details.

Public Workshop on Arts & Imagination at Art Gallery of SA

JMCCCP member Professor Jenny McMahon will be chairing a free public workshop at the Art Gallery of South Australia on the role of metaphors, tropes and images in shaping experience and guiding action on 3 July 2-5pm. The workshop will feature presentations by: internationally renowned artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro; Dr Micheal Newell (Director, MA in Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics, University of Kent); and Dr Daniel Von Strummer (artist and senior lecturer, Monash University). The workshop is convened by the ArtSENSE: Taste & Community ARC project as part of the Australasian Association for Philosophy Conference, 2017 in collaboration with the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and the American Society for Aesthetics.

For more information, visit the artSENSE website.

Masterclass on Saul Bellow with Alan Lelchuk

Saul Bellow was one of America's greatest writers, exerting a considerable influence on American letters. Eminent writer, Alan Lelchuk (Dartmouth College), will examine the ongoing influence of Bellow's work in a masterclass hosted by the JMCCCP. More information here.

Public Lecture with Professor Alan Lelchuk

Professor Alan Lelchuk (Dartmouth College) is Visiting Writer at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice in April 2017. He will be giving a public lecture on Wednesday 5th April titled Why Read the Classics? To RSVP email:

Dr Carol Lefevre Announced Second Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence

Fiction author Carol Lefevre has been awarded a Copyright Agency fellowship to become the second Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence. The $30,000 fellowship – funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund – will see Dr Lefevre  become writer-in-residence for six months, based at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. Throughout her residency, Dr Lefevre will be working on her new work, an Australian historical novel that follows a travelling circus through the outback during the droughts of the 1890s.

Schubertiade and Schubert in the Streets

On the 23rd September, Seraphim Trio will perform Schubert's "Trout Quintet" at the Adelaide Central Railway Station (just north of Shunters coffee shop) from 3.15-4.30pm. Acclaimed street artist Peter Drew will film the interactions between the musicians and passers-by. If you miss seeing Seraphim Trio at the station, there is another opportunity to see the lauded classical music trio at the State Library of South Australia on 24th and 25th September. More information. Bookings:131 246 or

Schubert at the Piano

Schubert am Klavier II, Gustav Klimt

Open Call for Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence 2016

The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice is pleased to announce that applications for the second Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence are now open, thanks to generous funding from the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund. This six-month residency aims to give mid-career South Australian writers time to develop a creative work, while participating in the stimulating intellectual environment offered by the JMCCCP. The successful applicant will receive a $30, 000 stipend. For further details on how to apply, please see here.

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J.M. Coetzee's The Schooldays of Jesus out now

The Schooldays of Jesus, the startling sequel to J.M. Coetzee’s widely praised The Childhood of Jesus, is available now from all good bookshops.

The Schooldays of Jesus      "richly enigmatic, with regular flashes of Coetzee’s piercing intelligence" (The Guardian)

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.

Annette Willis's Exhibition Opening

Adelaide Variations is an exhibition of black and white 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 Gallery of South Australia.

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
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.


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