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The Centre's news and events from 2013 can be found below:

  • 'From Page to Stage or Screen' - a two-day Masterclass with Peter Goldsworthy & Jill Jolliffe12-13 November 2013
    Peter Goldsworthy

    Peter Goldsworthy

    Jill Jolliffe

    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 ExtravaganzaThursday 31 October 2013
    Musicology Society of Australia

    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 ConcertTuesday 15 October 2013
    Anna Goldsworthy, Andrew Ford,Jane Sheldon, Helen Ayres and Zoe Knighton

    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: Music for Airport Furniture September 9 2013
    Stephen Whittington's Music for Airport Furniture for string quartet

    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 concerts19-24 August 2013
    Alvin Curran

    Alvin Curran

    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 visit the Soundstream website

  • A Novel Way of Thinking: Jane SmileyTuesday, 16 July 2013
    Jane Smiley

    Jane Smiley

    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.

  • JMCCCP/UoTaA Internship Exchange15 June - 15 July 2013
    Anushka Jasraj

    Anushka Jasraj

    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.

  • Romantic & Revolutionary - Turner in MusicSaturday May 11 2013
    Gondola painting

    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. Coetzee25 April 2013
    Asteroid in Space

    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.

    More information on this asteroid and its orbit.

  • 'Ruskin's View' - Professor Brian Castro16 April 2013
    Turner's painting of 'The Slave Ship'

    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.

    'The Turner Ekphrasis' - Brian Castro's response to Turner.

    Cost: free.
    Radford Auditorium
    Art Gallery of South Australia

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