Event Details

Friday, 31 August 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Level 4, Fryer Library
UQ Location:
Duhig Building (St Lucia)
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Event Contact

Ms Erin Pearl
Org. Unit:
Library Corporate Services (University of Queensland Library)

Event Description

Full Description:
Great publishers make history through the books they produce. UQP is no exception. Its list over 70 years not only represents a huge contribution to Australian literature, it also allows us to chart the literary history of the period. Looking back we can see the contours of that history change in response to developments in Australian culture and society.

When considering his formation as a reader, writer and thinker, Nicholas Jose recalls UQP titles that marked the way, from Ian Fairweather's The Drunken Buddha (1965) to Alexis Wright's Plains of Promise (1997), the Paperback Poets of the 1970s to Julie Koh's Portable Curiosities (2016). The UQP archive, held in Fryer Library, enhances that history, including through what it documents of Jose's first book, The Possession of Amber. His story 'Beetroot' appears in UQP's 70th anniversary anthology Reading the Landscape: a celebration of Australian Writing (2018).

5.30pm - 6.15pm

Refreshments and viewing of the UQP archive display in the F.W. Robinson Reading Room, Fryer Library, Level 4, Duhig Tower

6.30 - 7.30pm

Annual Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature presented by Nicholas Jose in the Auditorium, Level 2, Sir Llew Edwards Building

About Nicholas Jose

Nicholas Jose is best known for his fiction and cultural essays. His first short story collection, The Possession of Amber, was published by UQP in 1980. He has since written two further collections of short fiction, seven novels, including Paper Nautilus (Penguin, 1987), The Red Thread (Hardie Grant, 2000) and Original Face (Giramondo, 2005), and his acclaimed memoir, Black Sheep: Journey to Borroloola (Allen & Unwin, 2002). He was general editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2009) and has written widely on contemporary Australian and Asian art and literature. He was Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, 2009-10 and is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide.

Directions to UQ

Google Map:
To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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