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Writers on Writers: Rilke
Friday, May 22 2015
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Richard Wherrett Studio, Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was one of the greatest European poets and writers of the 20th century and has become one of the most widely appreciated poets internationally. Distinguished scholars and poets Lesley Chamberlain, Luke Fischer and Robert Gray discuss Rilke’s life, literary works and ongoing legacy, as well as his connections to the fields of visual arts and philosophy. The panel, hosted by Peter Morgan, will also touch on issues of translation.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut Australia
Lesley Chamberlain (International)
Lesley Chamberlain is a wide-ranging British author who consistently writes and thinks “outside the box”. Her fiction and non-fiction draw on a rich experience of the old Communist world, extensive knowledge of the history of ideas, and European travel. Her subjects have included Nietzsche and Freud, and in her latest non-fiction title, A Shoe Story, van Gogh and Heidegger. Exile is a major theme in her much admired novel Anyone’s Game.
Luke Fischer is an award-winning poet and scholar. His publications include The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems (2015), the poetry collection Paths of Flight (2013) and the children’s book The Blue Forest (2015). His articles and poetry have appeared in leading journals and anthologies. He won the 2012 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize and was commended in the 2013 FAW Anne Elder Award. He is an honorary associate in the philosophy department at the University of Sydney.
Robert Gray is one of Australia’s most acclaimed poets. Among his many prizes are the Patrick White Award, the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal, and the Australia Council’s Writer’s Emeritus Award for lifetime achievement. His Selected Poems has been published in the United States, China, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. He is the author of a prize-winning prose memoir The Land I Came Through Last.
Peter Morgan (Australian)
Professor Peter Morgan is Director of the European Studies program at the University of Sydney. His research spans such areas as European literatures, cultures and national identities. He has conducted recent projects into dictatorship and literature, particularly in relation to the work of Albanian author and poet, Ismail Kadare. His work also explores German literature and national identity, and the emergence of male homosexual identity in the European modernist novel. He is author of Ismail Kadare: The Writer and the Dictatorship 1957-1990.