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Ballet, Bushwalking and the Australian Gothic
Thu. 16 February 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST
How does a biographer examine the interrelated lives of three ballerinas who danced at different points in the twentieth century, a nature writer capture the beauty and rigours of hiking Cradle Mountain, or a fairytale illustrator evoke the eerie enchantments of rural Australia?
Join us for an evening of words and conversation, beauty, wilderness and movement as three authors give readings of their current works-in-progress, and discuss the unexpected parallels and divergences of their stories and craft.
Already-experienced authors, illustrators and publishing professionals, Paul Brandon and Kathleen Jennings and Jill Brown, are now candidates for the Masters of Philosophy in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland.
About the writers
Jill Brown swapped her pointe shoes for a career in educational publishing and then moved to trade publishing as Commissioning Editor at ABC Books and Publisher, Illustrated and Non-Fiction at Random House Australia. She specialised in illustrated titles, cookbooks, nutrition, fitness, history and culture. She has written an illustrated nutrition title and ghost-written a memoir for RHA. She was next Editorial Director for a digital health publisher, responsible for the editorial schedule and for writing content for six websites. She has returned to the world of dance for her MPhil studies at the University of Queensland.
Paul Brandon’s work has been short-listed for the Ditmar and Aurealis awards, and his first book, Swim the Moon was a finalist for the William L. Crawford Award for best new fantasy writer. Paul is also the author of the beautifully crafted novel The Wild Reel and a fistful of jewel-like short stories. In addition to writing, Paul is also a full-time musician and an accomplished photographer. He is currently finishing his first non-fiction work, Over Land, the story of walking Tasmania’s famous Overland track in the dead of winter.
Kathleen Jennings is a Brisbane-based writer and illustrator. Her art has been shortlisted three times for the World Fantasy Award, and she has won Ditmar Awards for her writing and illustrations. Her short stories and comics have been published internationally and she has illustrated the world of many local and international authors, as well as performing narrative illustration at corporate events and as illustrator-at-large at the Brisbane Writers Festival. She is currently developing an illustrated Australian Gothic novella as part of her MPhil studies at the University of Queensland.
About the work
Jill is writing a biography of Margot Fonteyn, Sylvie Guillem and Misty Copeland, three ballerinas who were pioneers of their art in vastly different ways. In the careers of these unusual women she explores how dance aesthetics change over time but how balletic values endure across generations of dancers. She is also writing an exegesis on how biographers connect multiple subjects to create unified meaning and a satisfying whole.
Paul is currently studying for a Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland. His thesis, Over Land: An Examination of the Authorship, Publishing and Mediation, Reception and Use of Contemporary Nature Writing, comprises of two parts; a creative non-fiction work detailing his journey of walking Tasmania’s Overland track in winter, and an exegesis that will investigate the production and circulation of nature writing within the last twenty years. It will study how the social, economic, political and ecological drivers have changed the subgenre, and also examine how that will influence the positioning of the creative work.
Kathleen is researching how writers create a sense of the beautiful sublime in Australian Gothic literature, with particular emphasis on the visual techniques. To explore this question she is writing Flyaway, an illustrated Australian Gothic novella set in Western Queensland. This will be supported by critical research on techniques used by authors of classic Australian Gothic books to create that sense of the beautiful sublime.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This event is for participants aged 18 years and above.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Queensland Writers Centre is located on Level 2 of the State Library of Queensland.
There are several parking and transportation options:
- Parking underneath State Library or Queensland Museum costs $16 per entry.
- There is limited street parking available on Merivale Street, Montague Road and Hope Street at an hourly rate.
- A drop-off point is located on the ring road outside SLQ, next to the bus stops.
- The Cultural Precinct BusWay and South Brisbane Train Station are a short walk from State Library.
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