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 11th:
J.M. Coetzee was born in South Africa in 1940 and educated in South Africa and the United States. He has published sixteen works of fiction, as well as criticism and translations. Among awards he has won are the Booker Prize (twice) and, in 2003, the Nobel Prize for Literature. He lives in Adelaide, South Australia.
Mariana Dimópulos is an Argentinian writer and translator. She has published three novels, many short stories and recently an essay on the German philosopher and critic Walter Benjamin. As a cultural journalist, she contributes to the feuilleton of the most popular newspaper in Argentina. At the University of Buenos Aires she is a lecturer on Translation Theory. She has translated Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Robert Musil and J. M. Coetzee, among others.
Martin Edmond was born in Ōhākune, New Zealand and now lives in Sydney. He has worked as an actor and stage manager, lighting designer and as a screenwriter. His books include Luca Antara: passages in search of Australia (ESP, 2006); Dark Night: walking with McCahon (AUP, 2011), and Battarbee and Namatjira (Giramondo, 2014). He is a past winner of the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Non-fiction. His most recent book is Isinglass (UWAP, 2019).
James Halford is a writer from Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of Requiem with Yellow Butterflies (UWAP 2019), a Latin America travel memoir. The recipient of a 2016 Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellowship, his critical writing focuses on comparative approaches to contemporary Australian and Latin American literature. He holds a literature degree and a creative doctorate from the University of Queensland, where he now teaches, and has also studied Spanish in Argentina, Mexico and Spain.
Eva Hornung’s most recent novels are DogBoy and The Last Garden. DogBoy won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2010 and has been published in 17 languages worldwide. The Last Garden won the Festival Award for Fiction, the SA Premier’s Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin in 2018. She is, among other things, a farmer in country SA.
Nicholas Jose has published seven novels, including Paper Nautilus (1987), The Red Thread (2000) and Original Face (2005), three collections of short stories, Black Sheep: Journey to Borroloola (a memoir), and essays, mostly on Australian and Asian culture. He was Cultural Counsellor at the Australian Embassy Beijing, 1987-90 and Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, 2009-10. He is Professor of English and Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide, and Adjunct Professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University.
Pedro Mairal is an Argentinian novelist, travel writer, poet and screenwriter whose work has been translated and published across five continents. He has authored a collection of short fiction, three volumes of poetry, a collection of newspaper columns and five novels, including El gran surubi, which is composed entirely of sonnets, and The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra.
Yewande Omotoso is an architect, with a masters in creative writing from the University of Cape Town. Her debut novel Bomboy (2011 Modjaji Books), won the South African Literary Award First Time Author Prize and was shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature. She was a 2015 Miles Morland Scholar. Yewande’s second novel The Woman Next Door (Chatto and Windus) was published in May 2016. It was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Aidoo-Snyder Prize, the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, and the UJ Literary Prize.
Kim Scott’s most recent novel is Taboo (Picador, 2017). Proud to call himself Noongar, Kim is also founder and chair of the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Story Project (www.wirlomin.com.au). He is Professor of Writing in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. (image: Janine Boreland)
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