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Adelaide Writers' Week
Papers 1980-1988

MSS 0070



Adelaide Writers' Week was established in 1960 as a central part of the Adelaide Festival, 'a festival within a festival devoted specifically to literature, to the problems and issues facing writers, and to the readers themselves'.

Dr Beate Josephi was born in Wiesbaden, West Germany and emigrated to Australia in 1974. She was appointed a member of the Writers' Week Committee for the 1982-1988 Festivals and was Chairman of the Committee from 1986-1988.  She works as a writer, translator and radio producer, as well as serving on a number of Australian cultural advisory bodies.

These papers were deposited by Professor Wilfrid  Prest on behalf of  Dr. Josephi in 2001.  They comprise a collection of programmes, speeches, reports and reviews, background information on writers, radio 5UV writers' profiles, posters, minutes of the Writers' Week 1986 meetings and correspondence.


Contents Listing

Series 1
Programmes; Adelaide Festival 7-29 March 1980, What's on in Adelaide (Adelaide Festival ed.), The Screen Writers' Seminar 6-7 March 1980, Focus programme , 1980.  1 folder.

Series 2
Script of Brian Matthew's Henry Lawson session, 1980.  1 folder.

Series 3
Writers' profile (interviews with authors from a series of 8 half-hour programmes, starting the first week in October); Paul Zindel (USA), George Mucha (Czechoslovakia), Shiraishi Kazuko (Japan), Elisabeth Plessen (West Germany), Chinua Achebe (Nigeria, Alun Richards (Wales) Yang Xien-I (China), Marain Engel (Canada), 1980.  1 folder.

Series 4
Report on the 12th Festival, 5-21 March, 1982. 1 folder

Series 5
1984 Adelaide Festival Writers' Week report from Chairman, 1984. 1 folder

Series 6
1986 Writers' Week minutes, 1986. 1 folder

Series 7
1986 Writers' Week programme , writers' profiles, Co-ordinator's report on Writers' Week, Chairperson's report, correspondence relating to the running of the Week, 1986. 1 folder

Series 8
1986  Writers' Week invitations to events received by Dr. Beate Josephi, 1986. 1 folder

Series 9
1988 Writers' Week programmes; Launch of Writers' Week program 3.2.1988; Opening speech Writers' Week 1988; Adelaide University Union Bookshop report on their involvement; Prep. Notes towards the Chairperson's report about WW '88. 1988 1 folder

Series 10
Clippings of articles and reviews from various newspapers of the period (secondary sources) compiled by Beate Josephi, 1980-1988.  1 folder

Series 11
Posters for the 1986 event (8 posters in Map Cabinet)

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