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Foundation for Australian Literary Studies News & Events EVENT: Writing at the Reef: Where art meets science

EVENT: Writing at the Reef: Where art meets science

Thursday 16th June 2022 | 4.30pm - 6.00pm
In-person at JCU Townsville  or  Online via Zoom

Join six emerging and award-winning writers for a panel discussion on storytelling’s relationship with science.

This free event is the closing evening of the first Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS) writers residency held in partnership with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

At this session the writers will share their reflections on the week-long residency and participate in a Q&A with the audience.

The event will be available in person at JCU Townsville or online, registrations essential.

Meet Our Writers

The six successful writers were chosen from a field of more than 70 applicants and selected based on their proposed project’s relevance to the residency’s themes, identification of the benefit the residency would give their project, and literary merit. All genres of literature were considered.

Claire Corbett. Claire Corbett writes fiction and creative non-fiction.

Her first novel, When We Have Wings (Allen & Unwin), was shortlisted for the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award and shortlisted for the 2012 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and published overseas.

Watch Over Me, her second novel, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2017.

She teaches Creative Writing at UTS, is Deputy Chair of the Board of Varuna, the National Writers’ House, and is fiction editor of Overland literary Journal.

This year she has also been awarded a Lockie Fellowship by the University of Melbourne for her third novel, The Aquarium.

Stacy GougoulisStacy is an illustrator, radio presenter and comics maker living and working on the lands of the Wurundjeri people in Victoria.

His comic works have appeared across ABC platforms as well as in comics anthologies by kuš! and Fantagraphics. He is currently working on his debut graphic novel.

Eliza Henry-Jones. Eliza is an author and PhD candidate at Deakin University. She has published four novels, which have been shortlisted for awards such as the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, QLD Literary Awards and NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

Her articles, essays and short fiction have been published widely and her fifth novel, Salt and Skin will be out in August with Ultimo Press.

She lives on a flower farm in Wurundjeri Country.

Jock SerongJock Serong is the author of five novels across multiple genres. His 2018 work On the Java Ridge won the FALS Roderick Literary Award.

He is the founding editor of Great Ocean Quarterly and a longstanding senior features writer for Surfing World magazine.

His work also appears in The Monthly, The Guardian and other major media.

Jock currently serves on the board of The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas.

Maria TakolanderMaria Takolander is a prize-winning fiction writer and poet. Her most recent book of poems, Trigger Warning (UQP), won the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

Her short-story collection, The Double (Text Publishing), was a finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2015.

Her words can also be found in bronze plaques in the Geelong CBD and at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

Jessica WhiteJessica White is the award-winning author of the novels A Curious Intimacy (Penguin) and Entitlement (Penguin), and a hybrid memoir about deafness, Hearing Maud (UWAP).

Jessica has received funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts and has undertaken residencies in Australia, Italy and Germany.

She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of South Australia.

Meet Our Event Chairs

This event is proudly hosted and moderated by:

Paul HardistyPaul Hardisty is currently the CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the country's national marine research agency. He has spent over 30 years working all over the world as an environmental engineer.

His love of literature goes back to his earliest days, fuelled by parents who loved to read and travel. He wrote his first story at 5 on his dad's old typewriter, and is now the author of five novels, including The Abrupt Physics of Dying (Orenda Books, 2015), which was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger.

His latest novel Turbulent Wake, was named by several UK book sites as their Book of the Year for 2019.  His sixth novel, In My Time of Anarchy, is due out in 2023. Paul lives in Townsville with his wife Heidi.

Associate Professor Victoria KuttainenVictoria Kuttainen is Associate Professor of English and Writing at JCU. Born in the UK, raised in Canada, and educated in Canada and Australia, she has been a visiting scholar at Menzies Centre for Australian Studies in London and Strathclyde University in Scotland, and is a fellow of the Queensland Academy.

Trained in postcolonial literary studies, she is author of two monographs and many articles. She serves as co-editor of JASAL, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature as well as chair of the ACHRC’s Humanities in the Regions portfolio. Recipient of two competitive international writing residencies, Victoria is currently completing her first long-form creative manuscript.

The ‘Writing at the Reef’ Residency, sponsored by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, will be held from 11 – 17 June as a collaboration of art and science, focusing on the unique asset of the Great Barrier Reef and foster writing that includes traditional owner perspectives, notions of place, the environment, the reef or issues of climate change.

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