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

Ten Minutes to Midnight
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. A/Prof Iwata-Weickgenannt will discuss literary responses to the social climate in post-Fukushima Japan, while Dr Harrald will discuss his work on immersive art installations that respond to social and environmental issues, such as rural decline in Australia or living with the aftermath of nuclear weapons testing in South Australia.

All are welcome, but please register your interest by emailing

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

scriabin and pianists
14th November, 7pm at Elder Hall

Internationally acclaimed pianists Konstantin Shamray, Stefan Ammer, Ashley Hribar and Mekhla Kumar join forces in a once in a lifetime opportunity to honour the great Russian composer Alexander Scriabin (1872 – 1915) in his 100th year anniversary. The pianists will present a complete performance of Scriabin’s ten Piano Sonatas- a rare event to be witnessed.
Alexander Scriabin’s piano sonatas, composed between 1892 to 1913, offer a fascinating evolution of their own. Unfolding over the course of Scriabin’s entire compositional life, they trace his development from disciple of Chopin to musical visionary, exploring his own unique sound world: mystical, heady, erotic and colourful. By exploring Scriabin’s synaesthesia, each performance will be enhanced by special lighting which will promise to be a deeply immersive and transformative experience.

Anna Goldsworthy's Essay on the Lost Art of Listening

Have we lost the art of listening? And, if so, does that consign classical music to irrelevance? How can we engage a generation raised on spotify and twitter with the art forms of the past? Esteemed concert pianist and memoirist, Dr Anna Goldsworthy, discusses the conundrum of classical music in the twenty-first century in her latest essay, "The Lost Art of Listening", published in the October edition of The Monthly.

Shannon Burns Profiles Australian Writer Gerald Murnane

In August 2015, JMCCCP early career researcher Dr Shannon Burns wrote an extended profile of the enigmatically brilliant and under-recognized Australian writer Gerald Murnane for the Australian Book Review. The essay, which was supported by an ABR fellowship, reviewed Murnane's challenging and rather idiosyncratic oeuvre in the context of his personal biography. A full version of the essay, "The scientist of his own experience: A Profile of Gerald Murnane" can be found on the Australian Book Review's website.

Dr Burns has continued to explore his interest in Murnane's work with a review of his latest book, Something for the Pain, out in the October edition of 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. With sold out sessions and a wide array of musical performances, this was the most well-attended iteration of this popular classical musical festival yet. Set in the idyllic surrounds of Port Fairy, the programme featured, amongst many other exciting performances, a group of talented young pianists playing the complete Scriabin sonatas, an event which will be reprised here at Elder Hall next month with the support of the JMCCCP. Further information on A Life in Colour: The Scriabin Sonatas and the Port Fairy Spring Music festival can be found here.

Inaugural CAL-J.M. Coetzee Writing Fellow Announced

Dr Cath Kenneally

Dr Cath Kenneally

Award-winning South Australian author Dr Cath Kenneally has been announced the inaugural Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) J.M. Coetzee Writing Fellow. The fellowship – the first of three $30,000 fellowships funded by the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund – will see Dr Kenneally become a writer-in-residence for six months at the JMCCCP. Dr Kenneally will work on her latest novel, as well as giving a masterclass to members of the centre and students in the Department of English and Creative Writing.

Dr Kenneally is an accomplished author, with two published novels (Room Temperature and Jetty Road) to her name, as well as six books of poetry and various other publications. She is a regularly published reviewer of books and visual arts in The Weekend Australian, Australian Book Review, and the Adelaide Review, and, since 1990, has been a producer and presenter of flagship arts programs on Radio Adelaide, such as Arts Breakfast and Writers Radio. Her awards include the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship and the John Bray National Poetry Award.

Experimental Writing Symposium, Masterclass and Seminar

Experimental Writing: Why and Why Now?

Co-hosted by the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice and the Department of English and Creative Writing, School of Humanities, University of Adelaide in conjunction with An(F)ew Australian Network for Feminist Experimental Writers. Convenors: Rosslyn Prosser & Alison Coppe.
Seminar with Kate Lilley
Thursday 17th September, 11am - 1pm, Napier 618

Kate Lilley is Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Sydney. Her first book, Versary (Salt 2002), won the Grace Leven Prize. Her second, Ladylike (UWAP 2012), was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Prize and selected as one of the best books of the year in ABR and the Sydney Morning Herald/Age. She is also the editor of Dorothy Hewett: Selected Poems (UWAP) and Margaret Cavendish’s Blazing World and other fiction (Penguin Classics) and has written extensively on queer/feminist topics and poetry and poetics.

All welcome.

Masterclass with Marion May Campbell
Thursday 17th September, 2pm - 5pm, Napier 618

Marion May Campbell is a Melbourne writer whose work includes novels, poetry and scripts for performance. Her most recent work of fiction konkretion, about language and failed revolutionaries, came out with UWAP in 2013, while her 2014 scholarly study Poetic Revolutionaries: Intertextuality and Subversion, published by Rodopi, investigates experimental poetics. This is currently the focus of her teaching and grounds her research with the Deakin-based creative arts group Parody Moves,exploring the relation of parody and violence. Her individual focus is on the radical tradition of prose poetry challenging the heteronormative subject of consumption.

Registration required:

Marion May Campbell

Marion May Campbell

Friday 18th September, 9.30am - 5.30pm

Papers and presentations on topics related to Experimental Writing: meanings, definitions, uses and techniques, prose, poetry, drama, life writing, non-fiction and art fiction and non-fiction hypertext literatures, collaborative compositions, digital and interactive writing poetics.

Observers welcome, but registration required for catering purposes: 

Readings Night
Friday 18th September, 7.30 for 8pm, South Australian Writers Centre

Marion May Campbell, Pam Brown, Kate Lilley, Andrew Carruthers, Amy Ireland, Gretta Mitchell, Francesca De Rimini, Virginia Barratt, Jill Jones.

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

Professor Jennifer Rutherford

Jennifer Rutherford is sociologist, literary scholar and essayist working broadly in the field of psycho-social poetics, with a particular focus on Australian literature and race relations. Her works and research interests explore narrative, memory and place-making, the slowness of cultures and subjects in times of great change, the way individuals and communities dwell in and through the traumas that shape them, and the role that artists and writers play as conduits for change.

Jennifer holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and social anthropology from Newcastle and Macquarie Universities, a DEA in the Sciences of Language from the EHESS Paris, a PhD in Sociology from UNSW and she trained in psychoanalysis with the Ecole de la Cause Freudienne. She has taught literature, creative writing, cultural studies and social theory at Australian National University, The University of Melbourne and Macquarie University, and held research fellowships at the Universities of Sydney and Macquarie. Most recently, Jennifer served as the foundation Director of the Hawke European Union Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations at the University of South Australia.

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

The J.M. Coetzee Writing Fellow

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. Offered annually for a period of three years, the aim of this residency is to give South Australian writers time to develop a creative work while participating in the rich environment offered by the Coetzee Centre.

Cross disciplinary in its outreach and project-driven in its rationale, the JMCCCP provides a stimulating research environment for leading Australian and international literary, musical, visual arts and design practitioners.

We are looking for mid-career writers who will benefit from the engaging environment the Centre offers. Fellows will be expected to contribute to the JMCCCP through readings, presentations and student engagement. Fellows will receive: a stipend of $30,000, mentoring from award winning Adelaide University writers, free participation in all events and seminars offered by the JMCCCP, office space, library privileges and expanded opportunities to engage with writers and readers.

Closing date: 1 August 2015.

Residency dates: the six-month residency must be taken up between September 2015 - June 2016.


  • A one-page statement addressing the concept and direction of the creative work to be undertaken during the residency
  • Bio: 300 words CV including a full publication list
  • Up to 30 pages of a novel, play, short story or other written work. Please include a synopsis if necessary. Poets submit 5 to 8 poems or appropriate excerpts from longer works.

Direct Applications to: Jennifer Rutherford Director, JMCCCP

Jill Jones wins Victorian Premier's Poetry Prize for 2015

On commenting on The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher & Wattmann), the judge's report states:

"The Beautiful Anxiety reveals Jill Jones as a leading contemporary stylist who has disciplined her lyric into a rigorous and highly economical poetry of description and response. Her syntax makes tensile use of line and turn and is pared back almost haiku-like in perception and suggestion; to read these poems is like being inside them as they speak unexpected and sometimes fugitive insights of life both intimate and public. There is almost no attention-seeking or ornamental rhetoric in this work, yet it remains distinctly personal and a growing elegiac undertone provides compassion, irony and a self-deprecating resignation."

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

The prize, for publication of a fine, limited edition poetry chapbook of work by the winning entrant, is open to all Australian poets – new, emerging and established.

Previous winners of the manuscript prize are Jamie King-Holden (2010), B.R. Dionysius and Jo Langdon (2011), Lucy Todd (2012), and Andy Jackson (2013).

A collection of Jill's work will be published by Whitmore Press in 2015.

Brian Castro Wins 2014 Patrick White Literary Award

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

White created the award with the money he received as winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973 to acknowledge writers who have made a significant contribution to Australian literature. White stipulated his prize should be presented on the Friday after the Melbourne Cup to turn attention from sport to literature. Accordingly, Brian Castro received the award in Sydney last Friday for his "outstanding contribution to Australian literature, his continued willingness to take imaginative risks and be 'blackly playful', and his evident potential to produce more significant work".

Other winners have included Christina Stead (1974), Gwen Harwood (1978), Randolph Stow (1979), Thea Astley (1989), Thomas Shapcott (2000) and Louis Nowra (2013).

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.

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 renowned scholars on the work of Coetzee, and an exhibiton of Coetzee's manuscripts and artefacts.

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

On Friday 24 October 2014, 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.

'The Novel as Collage' by Carrie Tiffany

On Friday 10 October 2014, Carrie Tiffany discuseds migration, art and the intertextual in her fiction.

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.

Tim Gaze

Tim Gaze

'Visually Enhanced Literature' with Tim Gaze

On Friday 12 September 2014, Tim Gaze spoke 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.

Queen's Birthday Honours - Professor Graeme Koehne appointed Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

9 June 2014

Professor Graeme Koehne, for distinguished service to the performing arts as a composer of chamber, concert and ballet music, and through substantial contributions as an educator and arts administrator, has been appointed as Officers (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.


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