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Panel Discussion with Macau Days creatives at Writing China

Join the creative team behind Macau Days for a panel discussion about their collaboration and all things Macau as part of Writing China, a day long literary banquet curated by the JMCCCP's Nicholas Jose and OzAsia's Sam Prior. Brian Castro, John Young and Luke Harrald will discuss their creative processes with Cath Kenneally from 11am on Sunday 8 October at the Open State Hub at Imprints Bookshop.

Applications for Final Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence Now Open

Applications for the third and final Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence, supported by the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund are now open. This generous six month residency comes with a $30, 000 stipend and is open to mid-career South Australian writers. For more information, see our flier. Queries and applications should be directed to Jennifer Rutherford.

European Waters: A Cultural Evening

Join us for an evening of film screenings and musical performances that examine the role of waters in shaping European identity and the challenges facing Europe as humanity’s relationship to waters become more fraught due to climate change. Featuring films by Sara Penrhyn Jones (Bath Spa University), Laura Denning (Bath Spa University) and a performance of a European classic inspired by water, Maurice Ravel's Jeux D'eau, performed by the JMCCCP's Anna Goldsworthy. 5pm, 15th September, Hartley Concert Room. This event is part of the H2O: Life and Death conference.

Water Thinking: A Public Lecture by Dr Jenny Newell (Australian Museum)

Dr Jenny Newell (Australian Museum) will be giving a FREE public lecture entitled Water Thinking: Caring for Oceans and Sharing Connections in a Time of Climate Crisis on 14th September at the Hartley Concert Room. Dr Newell is currently acting director of Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections at the Australian Museum, Sydney. She has previously worked as a curator of Pacific Ethnography at the American Museum of Natural History, and has been a research fellow at the National Museum of Australia and a curator at the British Museum. Her particular interests are on material culture and the relationships between Pacific Islanders and their environments, while her research projects explore the cultural impacts of climate change in the Pacific. Dr Newell is giving this public lecture as part of the H2O: Life and Death conference hosted by the JMCCCP and supported by the EU Centre for Global Affairs.

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

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)

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.


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