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Student Members

  • Lyn Dickens

    Lyn Dickens

    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 James

    Banjo James

    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.

  • Cheryl Pickering

    Cheryl Pickering

    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.

The J.M. Coetzee Centre
for Creative Practice

School of Humanities
Schulz Building, Level 6


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JM Coetzee Centre