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Gabriella Smart wins 2018 Prelude Composer Residency

Gabriella SmartJMCCCP member and artistic director of Soundstream New Music, Gabriella Smart, has won one of the 2018 Prelude Composer Residences. Prelude is a national network of residencies for Australian composers, housed in historic buildings that gives recipients the time and space to create new work or conduct research and development. Beneficiaries of the programme also receive financial support throughout the twelve months of the residency. Congratulations Gabriella!

Camille Roulière wins 2017 CHASS prize for a student

Camille RouliereCamille Roulière has won the 2017 CHASS prize for a student for her essay entitled "Intertwined Languages and Broken Flows: Reading Ontological Polyphonies in Lower Murray Country (South Australia)" first published in the French peer-reviewed journal Angles. Established in 2014, the CHASS Australia Prizes are designed to honour distinguished achievements by Australians, either working, studying or training in the HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) areas, including academics, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers and students.

Panel with Macau Days creative team at Writing China

Image on leftJoin 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 the creative inspiration behind the enormously successful exhibition and book with Cath Kenneally from 11am on Sunday 8 October at the Open State Hub at Imprints Bookshop. To find out more about the book visit Art+Australia.

European Waters: A Cultural Evening

European WatersJoin 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 eminent pianist Anna Goldsworthy. 5pm, 15th September, Hartley Concert Room. This event is part of the H2O: Life and Death conference.

Water Thinking: Public Lecture by Dr Jenny Newell

Image on leftDr 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. Dr Newell is currently acting director of Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections at the Australian Museum, Sydney. 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 lecture as part of the H2O: Life and Death conference hosted by the JMCCCP and supported by the EU Centre for Global Affairs on 14th September, Hartley Concert Room.

Congratulations to Heather Taylor Johnson, the new Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence!

Heather Taylor JohnsonPoet and novelist Dr Heather Taylor Johnson is the third and final Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence, a generous six-month fellowship made possible by the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund. Heather is the author of two novels, Pursuing Love and Death (HarperCollins) and Jean Harley was Here (UQP), the latter shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Fiction, as well as four books of poetry, the most recent being Meanwhile, the Oak (Five Islands Press). During her time at the JMCCCP, Heather will be working on a new novel about gun-massacre culture in the U.S. Stay tuned for seminars and masterclasses with this talented writer in the new year!

New collection of J.M. Coetzee's essays out now!

Late EssaysA wonderful new collection of J.M. Coetzee's literary essays is now available from good bookshops. Peter Craven called it a book that "casts all sort of gleaming spotlights, amid the shadows, from one of the major novelistic intelligences of our time", while Lauren Elkin described it as, not just literary criticism, but "an engaging series of master classes in novel writing" (The Guardian).

It's Raining Poetry!

Raining PoetryTwo 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. 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!

Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address with Kim Williams AM

Image on leftThe Peggy Glanville-Hicks address is the single most important national forum for contemporary music discourse, which honours one of Australia’s great international composers. In 2017, the address will be given by Kim Williams AM, whose career as a media executive and composer has seen him head prominent organisations such as Foxtel, Musica Viva Australia, the Sydney Opera House Trust, News Corp Australia (formerly News Limited), and the Australian Film Commission. In this lecture, entitled "I Wonder as I Wander: The Digital Paradox - Paradise or Purgatory?" Williams aims to ignite the national conversation around contemporary art music. Further details and to register here.

Applications for Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence Now Open

Image on leftApplications 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.

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Either Or: A Concert Presented by Soundstream New Music

Raining PoetryThe 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:

Public Workshop on Arts & Imagination at Art Gallery of SA

jennymcmahonJMCCCP 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

Dr Carol Lefevre is the Second Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence

Raining PoetryFiction 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.

Public Lecture with Professor Alan Lelchuk

Raining PoetryDistinguished writer, Professor Alan Lelchuk (Dartmouth College), is a Visiting Writer at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice in April 2017. The author of eight novels, including the lauded Searching for Wallenberg (2015), Prof Lelchuk will be available for consultation with students during his time here. He will also be giving a free public lecture on the importance of reading the classics on Wednesday 5th April. To RSVP for this event, email:

Masterclass on Saul Bellow with Alan Lelchuk

Saul BellowSaul Bellow was one of America's greatest writers, exerting a considerable influence on American letters and challenging the dominance of the laconic style made popular by writers like Hemmingway. Eminent writer Alan Lelchuk (Dartmouth College), of Searching for Wallenberg (2015) fame, will examine the ongoing influence of Bellow's work through close readings of his texts in a masterclass hosted by the JMCCCP. More information here.

Saul Bellow                                                                                                                                                            Image: Keith Botsford, Wikipedia Commons

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