News & Events
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. Dr Lefevre's novels include the acclaimed Nights in the Asylum (2007) and If You Were Mine (2008). She is also the author of Quiet City: Walking in West Terrace Cemetery (2016), and has published works of short fiction, journalism and non-fiction. The recipient of the 2016 Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship, Dr Lefevre is currently Writer-in-Residence at Adelaide's City Library and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. Dr Lefevre graduated with both a Masters and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University. 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 Friday 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. They will be there with a digital piano, cello and violin. 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. This will be an unforgettable experience and a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the piano trio masterworks of the great wanderer, Franz Schubert. More information. Bookings:131 246 or www.bass.net.au
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.
The Schooldays of Jesus is the startling sequel to J.M. Coetzee’s widely praised The Childhood of Jesus and is available now from all good bookshops. Reviewers have described it as "richly enigmatic, with regular flashes of Coetzee’s piercing intelligence" (The Guardian) and as a "theological and philosophical fable of considerable brilliance, power and wit" (Canberra Times).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Erik Satie
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide
Friday 13 May, 1.10 pm
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.
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.
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.
Friday March 4, 3:00-5:00 pm, Room 618, Napier
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.
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.
Dr Anna Goldsworthy discusses the conundrum of classical music in the twenty-first century in her latest essay, "The Lost Art of Listening."
Dr Shannon Burns profiles enigmatic, brilliant and under-recognized Australian writer Gerald Murnane for the Australian Book Review.
Pianist, writer and JMCCCP member Dr Anna Goldsworthy presided over her final Port Fairy Spring Music festival as artistic director this month.
Award-winning South Australian author Dr Cath Kenneally has been announced the inaugural Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence.
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