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Nobel Prize in Literature anniversaries to be commemorated at the University of Adelaide

A special lineup of authors – including J.M. Coetzee, Helen Garner and Christos Tsiolkas – will take part in a celebration hosted by the University of Adelaide commemorating the Nobel Prize in Literature anniversaries of J.M. Coetzee and Patrick White. 

Professor Anne Pender, Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide, has organised the event to mark the anniversaries of the award of the Nobel Prize in Literature to J.M. Coetzee in 2003 and Patrick White in 1973. 

“Our program features writers visiting us from interstate, and highlights local writers, too,” she said. “It’s rare to have a celebration that combines creative practice in various forms, and we’re excited to deliver a program like this that combines film, music and writing together.”  

“It’s always intriguing to learn how different artists engage with books and written work, and how they find inspiration to adapt existing works into something new,” said Professor Pender. 

The event will take place over two days, and will feature four separate events consisting of readings, film talks, musical performances and two film screenings of adaptations of J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Patrick White’s The Eye of the Storm. Readers include J.M. Coetzee, Christos Tsiolkas, Helen Garner, Brian Castro, Patrick Flanery, Nicholas Jose and Kim Scott. There will also be film talks by Anna-Maria Monticelli, Paul Grabowsky and Fred Schepisi, followed by screenings of Disgrace (2008) and The Eye of the Storm (2011). 

The event location will be split across the historic Reading Room at the University’s Barr Smith Library and the Palace Nova Eastend Cinema

A program of music by Anna Goldsworthy and Paul Grabowsky will also be performed at the historic Barr Smith Library’s Reading Room at the University of Adelaide. 

“A grand piano is being brought into the Reading Room especially for the event,” said Professor Pender. 

“It needs to be dismantled and brought in separate pieces to fit inside the lift, and then will be put back together once inside. It’s a process but will be worth it, as the Reading Room is such an inspiring space. It’s the perfect location for this special occasion.” 

To learn more about the program, read the event flyer here.  

Patrick White and J.M. Coetzee (Patrick White image © 1963 Alex Poignant. If you are the rightsholder, please contact [email protected])


When: 9-10 November 2023, 1:30pm and 5:30pm each day 

Where: Reading Room, Barr Smith Library, The University of Adelaide / Palace Nova Eastend Cinema 

Tickets: Click here to reserve free in-person tickets. 

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