Discovery event with Jennifer Cockburn

A rich paper trail: researching and writing the biography of Stewart Cockburn

Jennifer Cockburn and her book 'Writing fo his life: Stewart Cockburn, crusading journalist'

Jennifer Cockburn’s biography of her father Stewart Cockburn (1921-2009) – well-known Adelaide author and national Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist who also worked interstate and overseas during his 45-year career – is based on extensive research using his papers held in Special Collections at the Barr Smith Library.

She also drew on the papers of Sir Mark Oliphant there – Oliphant being the subject of an award-winning biography Cockburn wrote with David Ellyard.

Jennifer will talk about the advantages and challenges of a subject who was a prolific letter and journal writer and who left behind a lifetime of correspondence and memorabilia; and about how she managed to do a lot of the work from home in Washington DC with the help of technology and Special Collections staff. 

WHEN: Monday 30 May 2022

TIME: 11.00 am

WHERE: Writing Studio, Level 2, Barr Smith Library

ENTRY: $10.00 per person (GST inclusive) at the door. EFTPOS only. Students FREE. Proceeds support the Barr Smith Library.

BOOKINGS: By Thursday 26 May to


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