Hossein Asgari is a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide. He is working on a novel based on the life and oeuvre of the Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzâd (1935-1967); and writing an exegesis that aims to examine the tensions that Farrokhzâd’s provocative poetry and unconventional lifestyle evoked in Iranian society, by placing them into the literary and cultural contexts of her time.
Lyn is working on a creative writing project that re-imagines the legacy of Colonel William Light, the founding surveyor of Adelaide, through a literary novel that explores his mixed race heritage and ambivalent relationship with the colonial endeavour. The novel follows Light's journey, exploring his multiracial ancestry and childhood in Malaysia, his experiences amongst artistic circles in Europe, and his eventual work in South Australia.
Banjo is a PhD student at the University of Adelaide. His research focuses on Australian poetry, centring on the poet John Forbes (1950-1998), as well as sociological and psychoanalytic theories of melancholia. Specifically, how these approaches might illuminate a history of Australian poetry and what this would say about our national mythology. In 2017 he was the recipient of the inaugural Rae and George Hammer Memorial Visiting Research Fellowship to investigate the John Forbes archives in the Fryer Library at the University of Queensland. He also writes reviews, and his poetry has been published and commended for prizes in numerous Australian journals.
Glenn Diaz's first book The Quiet Ones (Ateneo Press 2017) won the Philippines' Palanca Grand Prize and National Book Award. His work, including short fiction, poetry, and criticism, has been published in the US, Australia, India, and Southeast Asia. Born and raised in Manila, he is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Adelaide, where he is at work on a novel on the capture of notorious butcher of activists Gen. Jovito Palparan and urban precarity in twenty-first-century Manila, as well as research on the historical imagination in Philippine fiction.
Cheryl is Artistic Director of Various People Inc and Chair of Chamber Music Adelaide, and is a producer, director and singer. Cheryl was selected as one of the 2014 cohort of Australia Council Emerging Leaders, and is the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award to support her PhD studies. Cheryl also lectures in voice at the Elder Conservatorium. Cheryl has extensive performing experience in opera, oratorio and recital, within Australia and in the United Kingdom. She has performed in all of the major Adelaide festivals, and also appears regularly on the concert platform. Cheryl has produced, created and directed works for the Adelaide Festival, Cabaret, Come Out and Fringe festivals, as well as collaborative works within the community, health and education sectors. Cheryl is a sought after and highly regarded singing teacher.