Writings from the South
Public Literary Readings
In this unique event, the Mitchell Library will partner with the Writing and Society Research Centre (Western Sydney University) and The J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (Adelaide University) to present two evenings of readings from writers across the global South.
Featuring writers from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina, this event celebrates the ‘South’ as a special zone of literary production and introduces audiences to luminaries of poetry and prose. These public readings accompany a colloquium for international and Australian writers on the inventiveness and creative skill of the South; they offer a rare occasion to hear some of the finest writers working in our hemisphere.
All are welcome and the readings are free. We especially encourage students, emerging writers and lovers of fine literature to join us.
List of participants for April 10th:
Brian Castro is the author of eleven novels, a volume of essays and a poetic cookbook. His novels include the multi award-winning Double-Wolf and Shanghai Dancing. He was the 2014 winner of the Patrick White Award for Literature and the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prize for Poetry. (image: Annette Willis)
Stuart Cooke is a poet, scholar and translator based on the Gold Coast, where he is a senior lecturer in creative writing and literary studies at Griffith University. His books include the poetry collections Opera (2016) and Edge Music (2011), and the critical work, Speaking the Earth’s Languages: a theory for Australian-Chilean postcolonial poetics (2013). His translation of Gianni Siccardi’s The Blackbird was published last year.
Ceridwen Dovey’s debut novel, Blood Kin, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award and selected for the U.S. National Book Foundation’s prestigious ‘5 Under 35’ honours list. The Wall Street Journal named her as one of their ‘artists to watch’. Her second book, Only the Animals, won the inaugural 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award. Her new novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, was published in 2018, and her short non-fiction book, Writers on Writers: On J.M Coetzee has recently been published as part of Black Inc.’s
Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections, a critical monograph, and the novels Black Mirror, Sixty Lights, Dreams of Speaking, Sorry, Five Bells, A Guide to Berlin and The Death of Noah Glass. Her fiction has won many literary awards and has been translated into nine languages.
Tina Makereti writes essays, novels and short fiction. Her latest novel is The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke and she co-edited Black Marks on the White Page (2017), an anthology that celebrates Māori and Pasifika writing. Her first novel Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings won the 2014 Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Award for Fiction. Tina teaches creative writing and Oceanic literatures at Massey University. Her collection of personal essays, This Compulsion in Us, will be published early 2020.
Anna Kazumi Stahl is a fiction writer based in Argentina. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation on transnational (East-West) identities in South American, U.S. and German literatures. Her current research explores South-South and East Asian-South American transnational cultural expressions in literature and visual media.
Anthony Uhlmann is Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. His first novel, Saint Antony in His Desert, was published by UWAP in 2018. He is the author of two monographs on Samuel Beckett, and most recently Thinking in Literature: Joyce, Woolf, Nabokov. His work focuses on the exchanges that take place between literature and philosophy and the way in which literature itself is a kind of thinking. Besides Other Worlds he is currently working on a project on Spinoza and Literature with Moira Gatens.
Marlene van Niekerk was the first South African author to be shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize and is best known for her award-winning novels Triomf and The Way of Women.
For detail on the Other Worlds April 11th event please click here