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TRAVERSES: J.M. Coetzee in the World

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

Opened by Professor Warren Bebbington, Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Adelaide, these events included an Opening Night Lecture, Musical performances, plus a reading by J.M. Coetzee, a colloquium featuring world renown scholars on the work of Coetzee, and an exhibiton of Coetzee's manuscripts and artefacts.

For more details, click here

Life Portrait J.M. Coetzee
Sharon Zwi

Past News & Events


'The Beaded Curtain - a writer's approach to Hiroshima' - Lloyd Jones

Writer Lloyd Jones read from, and discussed, his current work-in-progress.

Lloyd Jones is a Visiting Fellow at the J.M. Coetzee Centre and is the Centre's first Writer In Residence.

His novels include Mister Pip, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Prize, Hand me down world, shortlisted for the 2013 International Berlin Prize. His most recent title is a memoir A History of Silence. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature from Victoria University of Wellington.

Friday, 24 October 2014
Napier 618

All Welcome



‘The novel as collage'
Carrie Tiffany

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

Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in Central Australia and now lives in Melbourne where she works as an agricultural journalist.

Her first novel, Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living (2006) was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction (UK), the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, the Guardian First Book Award (UK) and was the winner of the Western Australian Premier's Fiction Prize and the Dobbie Award.

Her second novel, Mateship with Birds (2012) was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Fiction Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize for Fiction. In 2013 Mateship with Birds was the winner of the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the inaugural Stella Prize.

All Welcome

Friday, 10 October 2014
Napier 618
Adelaide University




‘Visually enhanced literature' with Tim Gaze

Tim Gaze will talk about an array of non-verbal visual techniques used in fiction, giving examples ranging from Laurence Sterne, through a number of 20th century experiments, to the abstract comics of the present times. The majority of these examples were created by a single author, rather than an artist or graphic designer collaborating with an author.

Although he has little skill as an illustrator and has an unorthodox style of handwriting, Gaze has developed visual techniques which he can control with a subtlety comparable to the ability to compose a tidy sentence of words.

Ideas from cultural movements such as Lettrisme and the Brazilian Process/Poem, and aesthetics from Asian brush calligraphy traditions, can be applied to fiction.

Even though many visual techniques are enhancements to a verbal narrative, some techniques completely derail any linearity, resulting in a situation similar to ambient music.

According to W. J. T. Mitchell, Western culture is undergoing a pictorial turn. The majority of published fiction does not yet reflect this. It's time to get cracking!

Gaze's abstract graphic novel 100 Scenes (Transgressor, 2010/Asemic Editions, 2011) has received positive attention in several parts of the world. In 2013, he co-edited An Anthology of Asemic Handwriting (Uitgeverij, Netherlands), as well as overseeing the highly experimental collaborative graphic novel A Kick in the Eye ( His articles and non-academic essays have been published in translation as far afield as Zeszyty Komiksowe (Poznań, Poland, 2014), revue Toth (Orléans, France, 2009) and Confraria do Vento (on-line, Brazil, 2006). His visual poetry is in The Last Vispo anthology (Fantagraphics, USA, 2012) and an abstract comics sequence in Abstract Comics: The Anthology (Fantagraphics, 2009). Participation in group exhibitions has included räume für notizen (Galerie Wechsel-strom, Vienna, 2014) and Silent Pictures (James Gallery, CUNY, New York, 2009). Michael Farrell's review of noology (Arrum Press, Finland, 2008) in Jacket compared him to John Cage. His publishing projects include the experimental small press Asemic Editions. In addition to all of these activities, Tim is an experienced performer of spoken word, recently turning his hand (or should that be mouth) to sound poetry.

All Welcome

Friday, 12 September 2014
Napier 618
Adelaide University









Public Lecture: 'What's happening to universities? Historical and comparative perspectives' with Stefan Collini, Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature  Cambridge University

Chaired by Professor Emeritus Wilfrid Prest

In recent years, universities across the world have been experiencing dramatic changes in their forms of funding, assessment, and governance, leaving many (both inside and outside these institutions) alarmed and disoriented. In this lecture, Professor Stefan Collini attempts to place these changes in a comparative and historical perspective, examining some of the forms taken by the complex dialectical relation between universities and their host societies over the past hundred years or more. He then goes on to consider the assumptions underlying current policy and to ask what kinds of university we can expect to see develop in the twenty-first century.

Thursday, 25 September 2014
6 for 6.30pm
Barr-Smith Reading Room
University of Adelaide


Seminar: ' Criticism and the reading public' with Stefan Collini, Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature  Cambridge University

It is often claimed that criticism and reviewing are dying out and that an effective reading public has ceased to exist. Stefan Collini explores the evidence for these claims, and suggests that they may be too alarmist. Drawing on historical and contemporary examples, he argues that there has always been a plurality of 'reading publics' and that good criticism still finds its audiences.

Friday, 26 September 2014
Napier 618
University of Adelaide















‘People on Paper' with Professor Philip Hensher

How do writers convey our intense sense of other people? The art of characterisation is a complex one, but the product of craft. This seminar explores some of the ways in which novelists can create the illusion of a real human being through words alone, making us feel that we know and recognize those people. Writers will find some useful ways to enrich their own powers of rendition: readers will find some of the magic of character enhanced by some attempts at an explanation.

Philip Hensher was born in London. His novels include Kitchen Venom, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, The Northern Clemency, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Scenes from Early Life, winner of the Ondaatje Prize, and most recently The Emperor Waltz, described by Peter Craven in the Sydney Morning Herald as having 'the sureness of touch of a great master'. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Bath Spa and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Friday, 5 September 2014
Napier 618




A Ramble Around Adelaide: Some Ruminations on Grainger's Other Home

Musicological Society of Australia, South Australian Chapter
Presented in association with Art & Heritage Collections and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice

Thursday 4 September, 6:00 p.m

Vincent Plush (University of Adelaide)

Born in Melbourne in 1882, Percy Grainger spent most of his life outside Australia. In 1895, at the age of 13, he left Melbourne, several years before the Federation of Australia. Technically speaking, then, Grainger was never an Australian composer. Initially, Grainger studied in Frankfurt then lived in England. In 1914, he moved to the United States of America and, from 1922, made his home in White Plains, just outside New York City.

On his periodic return visits to Australia over the next 40 or so years, Grainger gave concerts, lectures and broadcasts and tended to his favourite project, building his Museum in the grounds of the University of Melbourne.
Whilst New York and Melbourne were the focal points of his life, Grainger maintained a special relationship with Adelaide, the birthplace of his mother, Rose Aldridge. On his death in February 1961, he was buried in the West Terrace Cemetery in Adelaide, alongside his beloved mother.

In this lecture presentation, ardent Graingerite Vincent Plush discusses Grainger's long and special association with Adelaide, including several new dimensions which have recently come to light.

Join Vincent, pianist-composer Stephen Whittington and Percy himself (playing the pianola) in a memorable evening which explores Grainger's affectionate relationship with Adelaide, his other home.

Composer, teacher, broadcaster, writer and events organizer Vincent Plush has recently returned to his hometown Adelaide to embark on a PhD in Music at the Elder Conservatorium, continuing his research into Patrick White and the author's relationship to music. In recent years, Vincent served as Head of Research at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, and directed the series of Encounters festivals at Griffith University. Prior to that,
he lived and worked nearly two decades in several cities in North America. Throughout this 40-year career, Vincent has been an enthusiastic proponent of the world vision and music of Percy Grainger. As founder of The Seymour Group at Sydney University in 1976, he directed performances and recordings of many Grainger chamber compositions, often in new editions of his own. As MacGeorge Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne in 1999, he gave the Grainger lecture that year, "Grainger in America", which subsequently became an ABC radio series.

Thursday 4 September, 6:00 p.m., Hartley Concert Room*, Adelaide University














Congratulations to Annette Willis [JM Coetzee Centre Affiliate], who is a Finalist in the Atkins Photography Awards in the SALA Festival this year.

Annette's SALA show, City Crossings, will be on at the City Library in Rundle Place from 1 to 30 August.




The J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice presents the launch of Nature, the latest album from soprano Jane Sheldon, at Adelaide's Elder Hall on August 9.

"Superb, with a voice of penetrating beauty, precision & variegated colours." The Sydney Morning Herald

Nature follows the success of Jane's last album North + South, nominated for the 2013 ARIA for Best Classical Album. Jane is known to Australian audiences as the voice of Eliza Aria, the theme tune for Radio National's Late Night Live, and her collaborator on Nature is Australian pianist and Elder Conservatorium alum Nicole Panizza. Nicole is now based in the UK and she is delighted to be performing in her home town again.

Jane and Nicole performed music by Ross Edwards, Aaron Copland, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Joseph Schwantner, and Graeme Koehne. Following the recital Koehne  lead the performers in a discussion: 'Sonic Landscapes of the New World'.

Signed CDs were  available for sale at the event.

7pm, Saturday August 9, 2014
Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide


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Praised by the New York Times for singing 'sublimely' and described as 'superb, with a voice of penetrating beauty, precision and variegated colours' (Sydney Morning Herald), New York-based Australian soprano Jane Sheldon has sung under the direction of William Christie, Charles Dutoit, Antony Walker, and Reinbert de Leeuw. Specialising in early music and active in the creation and performance of new works, she has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Boston Camerata, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Halcyon, Synergy Percussion, and Ensemble Offspring. Jane is also a member of the acclaimed touring ensemble for composer John Zorn and has performed his music throughout the world, most recently at the 2014 Adelaide Festival. In New York she works with Wet Ink, Talea, and Ekmeles, and appeared in New York City Opera's 2012 Vox Festival and the 2014 MATA Festival. In 2011 Jane was awarded Performance of the Year with Ensemble Offspring at the Australian Art Music Awards for The Origin Cycle, a work she co-commissioned. Jane's recent album, North + South, was nominated for Best Classical Album of 2013 at the ARIA awards. Upcoming engagements include New York's Resonant Bodies Festival of contemporary and experimental vocal music, the launch of Symbioses, her new concert series, and the world premiere of John Zorn's Madrigals: Book II.

Nicole Panizza has emerged as one of the U.K's leading vocal accompanists, recitalists and coaches. Her professional work encompasses both international and national forums. Nicole studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, South Australia before continuing her postgraduate studies in London with Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles. She has recently completed a Doctor of Music degree at the Royal College of Music (UK), a study that focused on American art song settings of the poet Emily Dickinson.

Nicole was a staff repetiteur for the Australian season of Phantom of the Opera, Opera Australia and the Cologne and Covent Garden Opera Awards. In London, she worked as Education Manager for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. In Ireland she held positions as a staff member of Dublin Institute of Technology (Conservatory of Music and Drama), University College Cork and CIT Cork School of Music and was an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Nicole has been the recipient of many awards and bursaries including the Royal College of Music's Doctoral Scholarship (2005) and the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship (2009) at the internationally renowned festival Songfest in Malibu, U.S.A. In the same year she was awarded an Irish Fulbright Award (Performing Arts) which enabled her to pursue her Doctoral research as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and Manhattan School of Music (USA).

She has given key lectures and performances at such venues as the National concert Hall (Ireland), Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh (U.K), University of Bonn (Germany), National University of Singapore, University of Adelaide (Australia), Amherst College (USA), University of Maryland, Washington DC (USA); National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and St James' Piccadilly in London (U.K). Engagements include a performance residency at the J.M Coetzee Centre for Creative Collaboration at the University of Adelaide (AUS), a keynote performance and lecture as part of the 2014 American Literature Summer School at The Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University (UK) and, in 2015, key note lectures at Harvard University and the University of Vancouver.

Nicole is a founding staff member of the Zerere Arts Foundation in Portugal and a founding member of OzMosis, an Irish-based chamber ensemble that specialises in contemporary Australian music. She currently holds the position of Course Director/Senior Lecturer in Music Performance at Coventry University (UK).









































Seraphim Trio Fairy Tales Concert
Goldsworthy father-daughter duo play ‘fast and loose' with Mother Goose

Janacek Pohadka (FairyTale) for cello and piano
Dvorak Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65
Ravel, arr. Benjamin Martin Ma mere l'oye (Mother Goose) Premiere. Commissioned by Seraphim.
Peter Goldsworthy Playing Fast and Loose with Mother Goose

For the second concert tour of Seraphim Trio's 20th Anniversary year, Anna Goldsworthy (piano) Helen Ayres (violin) and Timothy Nankervis (cello) will perform old and new works in an enchanting program of fantasy and fairy tales. In keeping with the theme of this much-loved ensemble's 2014 series - Words and Music - the program for this tour explores the literary and musical associations with fairy tales.

The strong literary connection also reflects Anna's interest in cross-disciplinary practice, being an accomplished author as well as Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide's J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.

Anna explains that: "Fairy tales provide archetypes that inform all aspects of our culture - not just our story-telling, but also our music-making. "This program is a charming mixture of a child's escapist magic world, with subversive twists for adults only."

Alongside the delightful Fairy Tale by Janacek, Seraphim will premiere an arrangement they have commissioned of Ravel's Ma mere l'oye, (Mother Goose Suite) by brilliant Melbourne composer Benjamin Martin, accompanied by leading Australian author Peter Goldsworthy's witty meditations on the same children's classic, Playing Fast and Loose with Mother Goose.

Nothing is sacred in Peter Goldsworthy's anarchic and slightly macabre prose-poems which he describes as ‘companion pieces for Ravel's Mother Goose Suite'.

Playing Fast and Loose with Mother Goose weaves together short vignettes that include a princess who wakes to find herself unhappily married to a bigamist, a recipe for a well-cooked Fairy Goose, Stockholm Syndrome, bestiality and sibling rivalry in an entertaining adult take on the classics.

Bedding down the program with the refined musicality that Seraphim's audiences have come to expect will be Dvorak's dramatic Piano Trio No. 3. The Fairy Tales tour will open in Adelaide on August 3 at Elder Hall, with a special narration by Peter Goldsworthy.

ADELAIDE Elder Hall,
Sunday 3 August: 2.30pm

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Tickets: Adult $40/Concession $30/Student $15





























The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice & Bath Spa University Research Centre for Contemporary Writing present:

Carrie Etter, Lucy English and Jill Jones

Poetry and Place
A Master class

Three poets with roots in four continents read from recent work, and discuss the influence of place on their writing.

Carrie Etter is an American poet resident in England. Her first collection, The Tethers (Seren, 2009), won the London New Poetry Award. Her second collection, Divining for Starters, came out with Shearsman in February 2011, while her third, Imagined Sons, was published by Seren in March 2014. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Times Literary Supplement and many other journals. She also publishes reviews, and short fiction. She is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Bath Spa University, where she has taught since 2004.

Lucy English was born in Shri Lanka and grew up in London. She is a novelist and performance poet. She was part of four major British Council Sponsored tours where she performed poetry and ran creative writing workshops (Hungary, Sri Lanka, India, Canada, Hailand, Taiwan). In 2009 a full length feature on Lucy's work was broadcast on Australian radio ABC poetry programme 'Poetica' and repeated again in 2011. In 2013-4 she will be touring a collaborative multi-media poetry show 'Count Me In'. This has been supported by an Arts Council grant.

Jill Jones' work has been widely published in Australia and around the world. Her latest books are The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher and Wattmann 2014), Ash is Here, So are Stars (Walleah Press, 2012) and a chapbook, Senses Working Out (Vagabond Press, 2012). She has collaborated with photographer Annette Willis on a number of cross-artform projects. She has been a film reviewer, journalist, book editor and arts administrator. For nearly seven years, she was Program Manager for the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

9.30 - 10.30 am, Wednesday 7 May, the Barn, Corsham Court.
6.15 - 7.30pm, Wednesday 7 May, Electronic Music Studio (EMU), Schultz Building.

This master class is online. For Adelaide participants, EMU capacity is limited so please register your interest in attending by email to:



- In conversation with Nicholas Jose
Thursday 10 April 2014: 6pm


A reciprocal event between the Friends of the University Library and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, celebrating two new publications by David Malouf: Earth Hour and A First Place.

'Topography, geography, history. Multiculturalism, referendums, the constitution and national occasions. Parental and grandparental romances, the sensual and bountiful beauty of Brisbane, the mysterious offerings of Queenslander houses, and leaving home. The idea of a nation and the heart of its people. Being Australian and Australia's relationship to the world. Putting ourselves on the map. '

'At the heart of these pieces is the idea of home, where and what it is. What they illustrate is the formation of a man, an Australian and one of the best writers this country has produced.' (Random House)

All these subjects, and more, are explored from the generous, questioning and original perspective of David Malouf.

Free Event
All Welcome

The Braggs Lecture Theatre







Transpacific Mixed-Race Literatures: A Reading and Dialogue
Sawyer Seminar IX, USC Center for Transpacific Studies, Kaya Press
6 April 2014 - 10am

How do Transpacific mixed-race authors inscribe and represent their heritage in their artistic representations? Are there common tropes or literary forms that inform these novels? What type of analysis might emerge from putting writers in dialogue with critical theorists?

Brian Castro is an Australian novelist of Chinese, Portuguese, and English descent; author of 12 novels including award-winning novels Birds of Passage (1982 Vogel Literary Award), Double-Wolf (1991 Victorian Premier's Literary Award and Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction), Stepper (1997 National Book Council Prize), Shanghai Dancing(2004 Victoria and New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards), and The Garden Books (2005 Queensland Premier's Literary Award). He is Professor and Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide.

Marilyne Brun is a lecturer from the Université de Lorraine, and author of 'Literary Doubles and Colonial Subjectivity: Brian Castro's The Garden Book,' The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies (2012), 'Racial Ambiguity and Whiteness in Brian Castro's Drift,' Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia (2011), and many other scholarly articles on the writings of Brian Castro.

Presented by the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture's "Critical Mixed-Race Studies: A Transpacific Approach" Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminars Series at the University of Southern California. 



















07- 21 March 2014

Dominique Wilson was invited to tour China by the Australian Embassy [Beijing], to speak about Australian Literature and her book The Yellow Papers. These events included:

Friday 14th March 2014, SILF, 12-1.30pm: ‘Stories of the Imagination'. Dominique Wilson and Karen Ma in conversation.

Monday 17th March 2014, Australian Studies Centre, Anhui University, 2.30-5.30pm: Lecture - ‘From idea to novel: researching, writing and careers along the way'.

Wednesday 19th March, Beijing Foreign Studies University, 2.30-4p.m.: Lecture -‘Australian Perspectives on Global Stories'

Thursday 20th March, 8.15-11.45am: Bookshop tour
Thursday 20th March,12-1.30pm: Embassador's lunch
Thursday 20th March, 2.30-3.30pm: Interview with Shengdong T.V
Thursday 20th March, 4.00-4.30pm: Interview with Bruce Connolly, Radio Beijing

Friday 21 March, 10-11 a.m.: Aust Studies Centre, Xihua University: Lecture - ‘Finding character and creating narrative'.

Friday 21 March, 6.30-8pm: Venue - Exuberant English: Panel discussion - ‘Hybrid Identity, Hybrid Voices'. Dominique Wilson, Benjamin Law and Petra Hulova. Chaired by Nancy Gordon, Australian Consul General

For more information about The Yellow Papers, click here



A reciprocal Masterclass linking Bath Spa University Research Centre for Contemporary Writing [UK] and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice

Masters: Philip Hensher [UK] and Jan Dalley [UK]
Chair: Nicholas Jose [Aus]


Join Financial Times Arts Editor Jan Dalley and author Philip Hensher at Corsham Court and Creative Writing Professor Nicholas Jose at the University of Adelaide for a graduate master class on art writing. Writing about art can take many forms and serve different purposes, either as a stand-alone piece or as part of something larger. How do the visual and verbal collide and combine? What makes good art writing?

With Jan Dalley as Arts Editor, FT Weekend has become a leading world venue for stories and comment about art and architecture. Her books include Black Hole: Money, Myth and Empire and Pushkin`s Fairy Tales, with lithographs by Arthur Boyd.

Philip Hensher is an acclaimed novelist and journalist, and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. His novel Scenes from Early Life was published in 2012 and a new novel, The Emperor Waltz, about Paul Klee at the Bauhaus, is due this year.

Nicholas Jose's recent art writing includes catalogue essays on YOUNG-HAE-CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, Angela and Hossein Valamanesh, Stewart Macfarlane and Ah Xian.

9.30 - 10.30 am, Tuesday 25 February, the Barn, Corsham Court.
8-9pm, Tuesday 25 February, Electronic Music Studio (EMU), Schultz Building.

The masterclass is online. For Adelaide participants, EMU capacity is limited so please register your interest in attending by email to:










'From Page to Stage or Screen' - a two-day Masterclass
with Peter Goldsworthy & Jill Jolliffe

On 12-13 November 2013, THE J. M. COETZEE CENTRE FOR CREATIVE PRACTICE at The University of Adelaide will present a 2-day Masterclass for writers. Participants will have the rare opportunity to work with two outstanding and award winning writers who have had their work adapted for the stage and screen.


Day 1 - Tuesday 12 November 2013:

Which was better - the book or the film? with Peter Goldsworthy
What is gained and what is lost in adapting a novel for the stage? An examination of the techniques - and the hazards - of adapting fiction to the stage or screen, using a wide range of examples ranging from Goldsworthy's own work to Mario Puzo's The Godfather, and J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace, with perhaps a little Jane Austen or James Bond thrown in.

Peter Goldsworthy AM is a novelist, poet, short story writer and librettist, whose work has won many awards, including the Christina Stead Award [for literature], the Robert Helpmann Award [for Best Opera & Best New Australian Work], and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. His novel Maestro was voted one of the 'Top 40 Australian books of all time' by members of the Australian Society of Authors. Peter's class will focus adapting fiction to the stage or screen.

Day 2 - Wednesday 13 November 2013:

Transformations - from guerrilla warfare to the screen
with Jill Jolliffe
Veteran foreign correspondent Jill Jolliffe will analyse her experience as a pragmatic filmmaker directing behind the lines of East Timor's 24-year resistance war against Indonesia and in exposing urban violence by Mafia-style traffickers of women in Spain and Portugal in the 1990s. She will discuss the transformation of her 2009 book Balibo to screen and the ethical dilemmas raised in the relationship between writers and commercial filmmakers. She will also describe the work of The Living Memory Project, a video archival project to preserve the experiences of Timorese torture survivors.

Jill Jolliffe is a journalist, film maker and author, renowned for her reporting on East Timor since 1975. She is the author of Balibo [Scribe Publications, 2009], on which the film of the same name is based, and has directed various documentaries and television news reports, including Blockade sponsored by SBS, and was involved in Child Slaves, a major BBC documentary. In 2006 she received the Yale Globalist Journalist of the Year Award for her reporting on human rights issues. Jill's class will focus on the book-to-screen process in the making of Balibo, and the genesis of the film The Pandora Trail, a documentary on the trafficking of women into prostitution.

Cost: Free event. Morning tea provided.
Dates: Tuesday November 12 & Wednesday November 13, 2013
Times: 9:30am-4:00pm each day
Venue: The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus, Adelaide.





A Piano Pedagogy Extravaganza: Pedagogical Perspectives, Based on 35 Years of Eleonora Sivan's Teaching and Results

With Anna Goldsworthy, Gabriella Smart, Debra Andreacchio, Roseanne Hammer, and Eleonora Sivan.

Jointly Presented with the Musicological Society of Australia.

Thursday 31 October, 7:30 pm

Hartley Concert Room
The University of Adelaide









Last Words: Colloquium and Concert
Anna Goldsworthy; Andrew Ford; Jane Sheldon and the Seraphim Trio

Last Words
An exploration on how words shape music. What makes a good text for music? Can music elevate a banal text into something transcendent? Are there some words that are too perfect to set to music?

These and other questions were discussed by Anna Goldsworthy and Andrew Ford as he described the journey from words to music of his new song cycle Last Words.

New York-based soprano Jane Sheldon joined Seraphim Trio Helen Ayres, Zoe Knighton and Anna Goldsworthy, to premiere Last Words.

The Australian String Quartet also performed Andrew Ford's new String Quartet # 5.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body

Free Public Event
Tuesday 15 October 2013
5:30- 7:00pm
Elder Hall - The University of Adelaide

Stephen Whittington releases the premiere recording of Music for Airport Furniture for string quartet

This subtle and beautiful work alludes to Erik Satie's Furniture Music.

The composer writes, 'I was interested in the airport departure lounge as an arena for human emotions-boredom, apprehension, hope, despair, loneliness, the tenderness of farewells - all taking place within a bland, often desolate space.'

Recorded by the Zephyr Quartet, an award-winning Australian ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary music.

The work was premiered at the Psychadelic Rays of Sound festival.

Available from September 9 on the Los Angeles-based label Cold Blue.


Alvin Curran to transform the grandeur of Bonython Hall in two mesmerising concerts
19-24 August 2013


Alvin Curran, one of America’s most influential experimental music composers of his time, will be in Adelaide from 19 to 24 August with Soundstream Collective, the New Music Ensemble in Residence at The University of Adelaide, and the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

Highlights include the Australian premiere of Oh man, Oh Mankind, Oh Yeah, a massed choir of 80 voices, and Curran’s Inner Cities, a six hour piano cycle performed by Gabriella Smart.

For more information & bookings: click here





A Novel Way of Thinking: a reading and talk about both 'how to do it' and 'how I did it.'- Jane Smiley 

Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Ira Raymond Room
Barr Smith Library
University of Adelaide

To read a novel is to enter into a lengthy relationship with an author; to write a novel is to enter into a lengthy relationship with oneself. Both relationships offer surprises, difficulties, and pleasures. Jane Smiley will discuss how the process unfolds, and why she finds it endlessly alluring.

Jane Smiley has been praised as 'a diverse and masterly writer' (New York Times Book Review) and 'one of the premier novelists of her generation, possessed of a mastery of the craft and an uncompromising vision that grows more powerful with each book' (Washington Post).

A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992, and The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton won the 1999 Spur Award for Best Novel of the West. Horse Heaven was short-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002. Smiley's latest book for adults, Private Life, was named one of the best books of 2010 by The Atlantic, Harper's, and The Washington Post. She has written four books in a YA series, called The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch, and several nonfiction books, including The Man Who Invented the Computer, and Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel.

jane smiley

JMCCCP/UoTaA Internship Exchange

The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice congratulates graduate student Anushka Jasraj, from the University of Texas at Austin, for her selection as the first J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice/University of Texas at Austin Intern.

This internship is part of a projected program of future exchanges between the University of Texas and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. The period of the internship runs from 15 June to 15 July 2013.

Anushka was asked to participate in seminars and courses, and presented a seminar on her current research.

Accommodations for the Coetzee Intern was provided in Kathleen Lumley College.






The Australian String Quartet and Stephen Whittington, piano
Saturday May 11 at 2.30pm

Following their acclaimed performance in 2012 in association with the Fred Williams Retrospective, the Australian String Quartet and pianist-composer Stephen Whittington collaborate again to explore themes in the work of the great British painter J.M.W. Turner through a unique program of music.

The program includes the premiere of a new work for string quartet and piano by Stephen Whittington, ‘The Fallacies of Hope,' in the form of a Barcarolle, or Venetian gondola song. The title comes from a poem of the same name written by Turner (never finished, or now mostly lost), quotes from which he attached to several of his paintings.

The Australian String Quartet will play the 'Sunrise' Quartet by Haydn (a composer much loved in England) - complementing the marvelous effects of light captured by Turner.

Also on the program: a nocturne by John Field, the originator of 'Romantic vagueness' in music as Turner was in painting, a Venetian Gondola Song by Mendelssohn - another composer much loved in England; a work by Liszt ('Valley of Obermann') from his 'Years of Pilgrimage', a musical diary of his own 'Grand Tour' and a powerful musical evocation of the Romantic Sublime; and exquisite miniatures (Nocturnes and a Barcarolle) by contemporary English composer Howard Skempton.

Hear Stephen Whittington playing 'Fallacy of Hope' at the Art Gallery of South Australia

Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia


Asteroid named after J.M. Coetzee
25 April 2013

Asteroid "(216591) Coetzee" was discovered by astrophysicist Dr. Gianluca Masi, Italy, on 21 July 2002 and received the temporary designation 2002 OQ7. The following years it was observed again several times and when its orbit became well known, it received its definitive number, (216591).

Once an asteroid is numbered, the discoverer can propose a name to the Committee for Small Body Nomenclature. The Committee, after looking at the proposal and its motivations, discusses and decides whether to approve it or not, under the authority of the International Astronomical Union.

Asteroid "Coetzee" was officially announced on 25 April 2013, on the Minor Planet circulars. Asteroid "Coetzee" moves in the Solar System between Mars and Jupiter, in the so-called asteroid main belt. Its mean distance from the Sun is of about 360 millions of km and it takes 3.75 years to complete its orbit around it. Its diameter is estimated around 2 km.

For more information on this asteroid and its orbit, click here.


'Ruskin's View' - Professor Brian Castro
Art Gallery of South Australia
16 April 2013, 11am

Turner was supported by one of England’s greatest creative art writers, the critic John Ruskin.

In a relaxed forum, explore this support in the context of contemporary writing and criticism. By John Neylon, arts writer and curator, and Professor Brian Castro, writer and Chair Creative Writing, University of Adelaide, and Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.

For 'The Turner Ekphrasis', Brian Castro's response to Turner, click here

Cost: free.
Radford Auditorium
Art Gallery of South Australia


China Australia Literary Forum and Literature and Criticism Seminar
2-3 April, 2013

The second China Australia Literary Forum took place in Beijing on 2-3 April 2013, at the National Museum for Modern Chinese Literature of Beijing. It followed on from the success of the inaugural China Australia Literary Forum event held in Sydney, Australia in 2011. The program was co-hosted by the Chinese Writers Association, The JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice [Adelaide University], the Writing and Society Research Centre [University of Western Sydney], and the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

This high profile literary exchange featured two Nobel Laureates - J.M. Coetzee [2003] and Mo Yan [2012], who formed part of a delegation of eight Australian and eight Chinese authors. They joined other attending academics, editors, publishers and members of the literary community.

The program also included a one-day Literature and Criticism roundtable seminar at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, which brought together academics from University of Adelaide, University of Western Sydney, and international colleagues from The University of East Anglia, the British Centre for Literary Translation, and Chinese participants from the Universities in China, as well as publishing houses and journals.

Visit the China Australia Literary Forum page for more information.




Street to Street longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award
26 March 2013

Professor Brian Castro's novel Street to Street [Giramondo 2012] has been longlisted for the prestigious 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

The Miles Franklin Award is Australia's premier literary prize, awarded to the novel of the year considered to be of 'the highest literary merit and which must present Australian life in any of its phases'.

Previously shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award were Castro's The Bath Fugues [Giromondo 2009] and The Garden Book [Giromondo 2006].

Professor Castro is Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, and Chair of Creative Writing at Adelaide University. The 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner will be announced in June.



street to street

The Lear Effect: Equivocation and Torture in Times of Crisis.'
Susan Sage Heinzelman [The University of Texas at Austin]

Friday, 8 March 2013
Napier 618

Reading King Lear in an historical context that foregrounds the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, this talk will suggest how the concept of 'equivocation' operates as both a rhetorical and political way to manage torture and truth

Susan Sage Heinzelman is Director, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin. Her most recent book is Riding the Black Ram: Law, Literature, and Gender. The Cultural Lives of the Law. Series editor: Austin Sarat. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010. Recent work includes: Teaching Eighteenth-Century Law and Literature: The Adventures of Rivella (1714) by Delarivier Manley (1672-1724) and Imagining the Law: The Novel.Law and the Humanities: An Introduction. Eds. Austin Sarat, Matthew Anderson, and Catherine O. Frank. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.



"The Grail of Origin": Translation and Originality.'
Kurt Heinzelman [The University of Texas at Austin]

Friday, 1 March 2013
Napier 618

Ever since the idea of originality in poetic composition underwent a sea-change in the middle of the 18th century, the way we evaluate translation has borne the burden of that change, with confusing results. This radical transformation of originality-this 'translation' of the term-is one of the great shifts of aesthetic value in the history of human creativity. But translations, of course, are always belated; they always come after an original. What chance does a translation have of attaining value when what is most valorised is originality? How we assess the value of poetic translations is the subject of this talk.

Kurt Heinzelman is Founding Co-Editor of The Poetry Miscellany and is currently the Advisory Editor of Bat City Review. He has been publishing poetry for thirty years in such journals as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, Marlboro Review, and Southwest Review. His scholarship, which has won various awards, is in the fields of British Romanticism and economic and cultural history. He is Editor-in-Chief of Texas Studies in Literature and Language. He teaches in the Department of English and the Michener Centre for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.






November 15-20, 2012

Executive directors:
Carlo Forlivesi | Stefano Fossati | Stephen Whittington

To celebrate the 2012 Week of Italian Language throughout the World, the Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne, in collaboration with The Elder Conservatorium of Music University of Adelaide, The National Conservatory "Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina " of Cagliari, The INA-GRM of Paris, The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, Soundstream New Music Collective, The Taukay Edizioni Musicali, and The Jeunesses Musicales Italy Modena Section, will sponsor an international competition and workshop for composers.

The title of the competition, FORME UNICHE DELLA CONTINUIT NELLO SPAZIO - or Unique Forms of Continuity in Space - is derived from the famous sculpture by Italian futurist artist Umberto Boccioni.

This international composition competition and workshop is an opportunity for composers to express the originality of their musical ideas and aims to contribute to the creation of a large and eclectic body of art works, with rich implications in the relationship between music and poetry.

Finalists of FORME UNICHE 2012:

Ewan Campbell (United Kingdom); Matteo Casula (Italy)
Kazue Kaku (Korea); Giulia Lorusso (Italy)
Samuel Messer (United Kingdom); Sandro Mungianu (Italy)
Mari Ohno (Japan); Sebastian Phlox (Australia)
Iran Sanazadeh (Iran / Australia); Tania Sikelianou (Greece)


'Nights at the Musicircus': John Cage & Angela Carter in Bath - A Symposium

Friday, 26 October, 3pm-5pm

EMU Space
Level 5, Schultz Building

Musicircus is American composer John Cage's method for translating text into musical performance. At this year's Bath Festival, Angela Carter's brilliant novel Nights at the Circus was adapted for Musicircus by Steve May and James Saunders as part of the Cage centenary celebrations.

John Cage (1912-1992 ) was a person of many parts-composer, writer, poet, visual artist, gourmet cook, mushroom expert-and is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Cage performed at the 1976 Adelaide Festival, polarising opinions at the time.

Angela Carter (1940-92) was one of the most original fiction writers of recent decades. She was writer-in-residence at The University of Adelaide in 1984.

At this special ‘Words and Music' event, a screening of part of the Bath Musicircus performance will be followed by a panel discussion with composer and performer Stephen Whittington, Rosemary Moore (who knew Carter in Adelaide and London), and Maggie Tonkin, author of Angela Carter and Decadence (2012), with James Saunders and Steve May online from Bath. Chaired by Nicholas Jose.

‘A wonderful celebration of gentle, burbling anarchy'
(Daily Telegraph).



‘Not Quite Feature Length: The unacknowledged skill of writing and making short film': David O'Brien

Creative Writing Seminar
Friday, 19 October 2012
Napier 618

Just a few years ago you needed hundreds of thousands of dollars to make a movie. Today you need maybe ten thousand and, of course, plenty of determination. This seminar is about film that is not quite feature length.

Technology has made short-form moviemaking accessible to almost everyone. It is a much-maligned art form swamping YouTube with dross on every subject. It is used by filmmakers for an entry into industry. It's almost impossible to make any money from short film. But the form is rising and deserves the change it's getting in attitude and approach by writers and filmmakers.

In this seminar, David O'Brien will look at it's potted history and what it's future might be. He will touch on ways to achieve quality in short movies; how to write and make a short film that stands out from the relentless and soaring heap of ‘awful'. And he'll discuss: 'What's so great about ninety minutes?'

David O'Brien is a screenwriter, director, journalist, script editor and playwright with thirty years experience in film and television. His screen credits include an episodes of POLICE RESCUE, the $4.2 million feature film SHOTGUN WEDDING, over twenty documentaries as well as numerous corporate, training and educational films. His short film SWAT was awarded Best Film and Screenplay at the 1999 Brekfest Awards. David was a television journalist for fifteen years before setting up his freelance screenwriting business in the early eighties.


Infinite Horizons of Sound
Art Gallery of South Australia
Ron Radford Auditorium
Sunday, September 26 - 2pm.

In conjunction with the exhibition 'Infinite Horizons'- a major retrospective of the work of one of Australia's greatest painters, Fred Williams - the Australian String Quartet will present a fascinating concert of Australian music that reflects the landscape that inspired Williams' iconic paintings.

This is a unique opportunity to hear the Australian String Quartet, one of Australia's finest ensembles, in a program that includes Richard Meale's elegaic 'Cantilena Pacifica', Peter Sculthorpe's evocative Quartet No.11 'Jabiru Dreaming', Stephen Whittington's minimalist classic 'Windmill', and the world premiere of 'Distant Front' for quartet and computer by Luke Harrald.

Relax after the concert with a free glass of wine and meet the quartet and composers Stephen Whittington and Luke Harrald.

Admission: $45; $35 Art Gallery & ASQ Members and concession. With concert admission you can also see the Fred Williams exhibition at a discount price of $10.
Bookings: or Tel.:(08) 8207 7035

Jointly presented by The Art Gallery of South Australia, the Australian String Quartet, and the J.M.Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide.
















J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and Wild Dingo Press
I CONFESS: Revelations in Exile
Dr Kooshyar Karimi in conversation with Prof. Brian Castro & Prof. Riaz Esmailzadeh

Friday, 21 September 2012, 6pm-7.30pm
Refreshments thereafter
Ira Raymond Room
Barr Smith Library

In 1998, Kooshyar Karimi - a father, doctor, writer and translator - was kidnapped from the streets of his native Iran, blindfolded and tortured. His sin was his Jewishness and the fact that he helped desperate girls and women who had been raped by terminating their resulting pregnancies. When he is eventually released, it is only as a spy for the Islamic Secret Service. Certain torture and death stalked him on a daily basis, and Karimi realised that if he did not escape, he would soon be executed. In 2000, Karimi managed to flee with his wife and children to Istanbul, where they spent 13 long months of dread and secrecy hiding in a tiny basement deep below an apartment block, until he and his family were granted political refugee visas to Australia by the UNHCR.

Doctor Karimi is now an Australian citizen and a Sydney-based physician. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Medicine, and member of the Skin Cancer Society of Australia and New Zealand. He practises medicine full-time, and writes in his spare time.

Professor Brian Castro is an Australian novelist, essayist, and teacher. He is the author of nine novels, as well as a body of essays on literary topics, and has won several state and national awards, including The National Book Council Prize for Fiction, and several state Premier's Awards. He is currently Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide, and co-director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.

Professor Riaz Esmailzadeh began his studies at Shiraz University in Iran in 1979, just after the Islamic Revolution, but was expelled because of his Baha'i faith. He fled in 1983 to Pakistan and then to Australia, and arrived in Adelaide as a refugee. He is Associate Teaching Professor of Management and Technology at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College.




September 5, 2012
Elder Hall
University of Adelaide
12 noon - 10pm

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 is the centenary of the birth of John Cage (1912-1992), one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Composer, performer, writer, visual artist, philosopher - the scope of Cage's activities was immense, and his impact on the arts immeasurable.

To celebrate this important anniversary, Wednesday, September 5, 2012 will be John Cage Day at Elder Hall, University of Adelaide. From 12 noon until 8pm, composer and performer Stephen Whittington will perform ASLSP (As Slow aS Possible) on the Elder Hall organ. Audiences are free to come and go as they please during this performance.

At 8pm a 'concert' ('Musicircus') will begin, featuring performances of seminal works of John Cage including Concert for Piano and Orchestra, Aria,Theatre Pieces, Cheap Imitation and more. Included are works that John Cage himself performed at the 1976 Adelaide Festival, in a performance that polar opinions at the time.

An associated exhibition of scores and other works by John Cage will be on display in the Special Collections of the Barr Smith Library during the month of September.

Admission is free to all events.

John Cage Day 2012 is a project of the Elder Conservatorium of Music and the J.M.Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.


Antjie Krog - Public Reading and Seminar

Public Reading

From a poetry volume to be published in the U.S. next year.

Thursday, 26 July 2012 - 6pm-6.45pm
Refreshments thereafter
Ira Raymond Room
Barr Smith Library
University of Adelaide
All Welcome (Free admission)

Creative non-fiction: a conversation

All writing is in a way fiction. Why would a writer then choose to write non-fiction? What are the moral questions when writing suggests that it is 'closer to the truth'?

Friday, 27 July 2012 - 3pm-5pm
Room 618 Napier Building
University of Adelaide
All Welcome (Free admission)

Internationally acclaimed South African writer, journalist and poet Antjie Krog (Extraordinary Professor, University of the Western Cape, South Africa) has written sixteen volumes of poetry (including three for children). With her team from the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Antjie Krog received the South African Pringle Award for excellence in journalism for their reporting on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and she herself won the Foreign Correspondent's Award for outstanding journalism for her Mail & Guardian articles on the TRC.

From her experiences as a TRC radio broadcaster and as a South African deeply affected by the Commission's hearings, Krog published Country Of My Skull in 1998, which was adapted for film in 2004, under the title In My Country. She has since published two other books of creative non-fiction, A Change of Tongue (2003) and Begging To Be Black (2009). She has also translated the autobiography of Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom into Afrikaans (2007).

Krog's works have been translated into English, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, Swedish and Serbian. Her book Country Of My Skull is being widely prescribed at universities in America and Europe as part of the curricula dealing with writing about the past.

Krog has been awarded most of the prestigious South African awards for non-fiction, translation and poetry available in Afrikaans and English, and also received an award from the Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture for the year 2000, and the Open Society Prize from the Central European University (Budapest).

The Paradox of Melancholia: Paralysis and Agency
Public Lecture

Prof. Jeffrey Prager, Psychoanalyst & Cultural Sociologist, UCLA
Thursday 21 June 2012 - 6:30 pm
Flinders in the City
182 Victoria Square (the old Reserve Bank Building)

The Paradox of Melancholia
Conveners: Professor Brian Castro, Professor Anthony Elliott, A/Prof Jennifer Rutherford
Friday 22nd-Saturday 23rd June 2012

A notoriously slippery concept, melancholy has been understood as a disease (melancholia), an affect, a mood, a style, a zeitgeist, a form of political dissent and a form of political reaction. Shifting in its meaning from one historical epoch to another, and understood in contradictory ways in the competing discourses of medicine, poetics, and politics, the various melancholies nevertheless share some defining traits.

Over its long history, melancholy is a concept that links a series of twinned opposites: illness, disequilibrium, spleen, loss, grief, pain, paralysis, a-sociality and art, poetry, politics, protest and even that other outmoded concept - genius. In contemporary social and cultural theory, however, there is general distrust of this long association of melancholy with creativity. The convenors of this workshop contend, however, that the contradictions that have freighted melancholy since antiquity are core to understanding how the interior states of melancholy translate into social forms and forces, and are core to recognising melancholy as one of the principle ways that unspeakable forms of suffering and loss find expression in the cultural realm.

This project will bring together writers, artists, psychoanalysts and social cultural theorists to focus a new lens on this paradox, so as to reframe melancholy as a productive affect, and to explore the way melancholy moves from an individual state into works that, in turn, impact upon collectivities.

'The Paradox of Melancholia' - Full abstract

An Academy of Social Science Workshop held in collaboration with Flinders Centre for Global Futures, the J.M. Coetzee Research Centre for Creative Practice and supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.



Passages - an exhibition by Brian Castro, Khai Liew & John Young
TarraWarra Museum of Art
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road
Healesville VIC
25 February - 27 May, 2012

Passages is a collaborative project which presents an enticing combination of thought-provoking literature, elegant design and fine art, bringing together the writings of Brian Castro, furniture of Khai Liew, and paintings of John Young.

The three artists in Passages inhabit a similar cultural space shaped by the Asian Diaspora, which emerges in varying degrees through their individual disciplines of literature, design and visual art. Their common Asian reference informs each artist's engagement with modernism to develop an aesthetic particular to Australia. This wonderful confluence of ideas and experiences enables fresh dialogues and dynamic correspondences to emerge and be exchanged between their different art forms.

The path to a new Australian opera
- an open lecture by Brett Dean
Monday, 7 May 2012 - 7pm
Hartley Concert Room [enter from Kintore Avenue]
University of Adelaide

Internationally acclaimed composer Brett Dean's first full-length opera Bliss, based on the novel by Peter Carey, was premiered recently in a highly-acclaimed production by Opera Australia which was described by The Australian newspaper as 'a success in every way'.

In this open lecture, Brett will discuss the process of transforming Peter Cary's novel Bliss into a libretto, and finally into an opera. Extracts from the original Peter Carey novel will be read as part of the talk and Brett will respond to questions from the audience.

Presented by Soundstream Collective, University of Adelaide JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and the Elder Conservatorium of Music

Making History:

Stephen Whittington and Mark Carroll are giving a public presentation as part of the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Arts and Heritage programme.

Percy Grainger, his music and life
Norwood Concert Hall
Thursday 17 May, 2012





Between Quill and Quaver
- An exploration of the remarkable relationship between words and music

An Elder Conservatorium Research Tuesday event
Tuesday, March 13, 2012. 5:30pm-7:00pm

The relationship between words and music has captivated and intrigued for centuries. In the right hands their combination creates art of great power, beauty, and subtlety. Yet interpreting the dynamics of their interplay has proved elusive. Some maintain that instrumental music is the highest expressive art form, whilst others argue that music is powerless without words.

So to what extent do music and words influence each other in the collaborative process?

In this stimulating presentation, Professors Graeme Koehne, Peter Goldsworthy, Michael Morley and Mark Carroll cast new light on the relationship between words and music.


Top row: 1] Brian Castro, J. M. Coetzee, Mark Carroll;
2] Mr Hieu Van Le [Lt Gov. of S.A.] & Nick Harvey [Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences]
Middle Row: Seraphim Trio
Last Row: Peter Goldsworthy, Graeme Koehne, Stephen Whittington, Lisa Harper-Brown, Robert MacFarlane

J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice Launch

March 8, 2012 [by invitation only]

The Centre was launched by Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee, and the evening featured the world premier of Graeme Koehne's and Peter Goldsworthy's complete Ringtone Cycle, performed by the Seraphim Trio and Lisa Harper-Brown [soprano], and a recital of Holderlin songs, performed by Robert MacFarlane [tenor] and Stephen Whittington [piano]. Stephen also gave a world premiere of his Nocturne for Piano, one of a set of three works inspired by Holderlin's Night Songs.

The following day, a repeat performance was opened to the public at Elder Hall, as part of the Elder Lunchtime Series

Brian Castro's and J. M. Coetzee's speech





'Great Music in Great Spaces'

Friday November 4, 2011

Soundstream Collective collaborated with the Australian Institute of Architects, SA Chapter, in a series highlighting the parallel creative processes of architecture and music.

Before Time Could Change Us: Working with Dorothy Porter

Friday November 4, 2011

Paul Grabowsky, one of Australia's most distinguished artists, is a composer and a leading jazz musician. He talked of his collaboration with author Dorothy Porter to create Before Time Could Change Us - a 16-part song cycle that charts a lover's journey through joy, doubt, cynicism and loss of innocence.




Paul Grabowsky

'4 X 4 Creative Writing Master Class'

4 - 8 July 2011

Over a 4-day series of Master Classes, participants had the rare opportunity to work with four outstanding and award winning writers from the United States, the former USSR and Australia.

Master Practitioners were Maria Espinosa [USA], Maria Tumarkin [former USSR], Peter Goldsworthy [AUS] and Sean Williams [AUS & US].



Master Practitioners Maria Espinosa [USA], Maria Tumarkin [former USSR], Peter Goldsworthy [AUS] and Sean Williams [AUS & US]