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.
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.
Jenny Molloy is a PhD candidate at The University of Adelaide and is working on a creative non-fiction novel project, "Changing South Australian perspectives 1840 – 2020: Representations of hope and loss in the art of place."
The work will closely read the art of significant South Australian places and explore how the connected motifs of hope and loss are represented within the works, along with scrutinizing how perceptions of place and ways of seeing have evolved between 1840 and 2020. The adventurous young emigrant artist, ST Gill, wide-ranging painter of the colony in the 1840s, will be the central character of the novel and contemporary Indigenous and settler-descendant artworks of the same places will be examined and contrasted so as to reflect and explore the themes.
Gemma Parker is a teacher and poet with First Class Honours in Politics. Her work has been published in Award Winning Australian Writing, Writ Review, Typishly and Tokyo Poetry Journal. Her PhD project is a creative exploration of themes associated with Nietzschean nihilism in the lives and literature of Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett, configured as hybrid-genre prose-poetic fragments with aspects of memoir, literary criticism, biography and travel narrative. The creative work will be in dialogue with the deliberately unsystematic and fragmented works of Nietzche, and with his idea that art offers the greatest possible resistance to nihilism.
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.