Friday 11 April, 6pm – 8.30pm
From Dante Alighieri to Sofia Coppola, translation has been imagined as a site of loss. At Asymptote, however, we see translation as the key to unlocking the literary treasures of the world. Now, to mark our third anniversary, we are embarking on a global tour. After London, New York, Zagreb, Boston, Philadelphia, Shanghai, Berlin, Asymptote makes its eighth stop in Sydney.

In honor of Asymptote’s first-ever appearance in Australia, we have curated an event involving award-winning translators and leading academics. To kick off the evening, we will feature readings by Chris Andrews (academic, poet, and translator), Chris Edwards (poet and translator), and Mridula Nath Chakraborty (lecturer at UWS and convenor of the Australia India Literatures International Forum).

Following this, we will present a panel, moderated by Elizabeth McMahon (associate professor of English at UNSW), consisting of Peter Boyle (poet and translator), Gonzalo Melchor (writer and translator), Laetitia Nanquette (scholar and translator), and Mridula Nath Chakraborty. Together, our esteemed speakers will explore the significance of translation in the Australian literary landscape. Admission is $10 ($7 concession).

Tickets are available at: .

Monash Social Aesthetics Research Network
Friday 13 June 2014
Monash University, Caulfield Campus, T2.26/T2.27

From lullabies to laments, from the Song of Solomon to the music of Lady Gaga, the interactions between literature and music are so ubiquitous they often go unnoticed. Considering the obviously interdisciplinary nature of the question, it is perhaps surprising that few studies have attempted to approach this relationship through an application of interdisciplinary theory. Recent studies in interdisciplinarity have offered the hypothesis that cross-disciplinary research may be understood as a form of “cultural exchange” taking place between academic terrains that are not always accustomed to the codes and rituals of the other. If this principle of cultural exchange is applied to literature and music, it has the potential to facilitate a mutual understanding between the disciplines and point the way towards new research possibilities.

This symposium aims to enact such a cultural exchange by gathering research that blends musical and literary topics in diverse and novel ways. We encourage papers that explicitly address the disciplinary relationship between music and literature, and also those that outline the methodologies of one discipline for the edification of the other. Since there are any number of aesthetic forms that can combine music and words, we invite submissions from any literary studies, creative writing, musicology, ethnomusicology, performance studies, film and television, translation studies, or any number of other disciplines that may touch upon them. Some possible areas of investigation may include:

- The links between music and literature in early civilisations
- The importance of literary text in the contexts of world musics
- The strategies involved in setting poetic texts in “art-song” or as “programme” music
- The social functions of lyrics in popular music genres
- The challenges surrounding the lingual and cultural translation of song lyrics
- The use of music as rhetorical device in performance media, such as film and theatre
- The appropriation of musical imagery in poetry
- The use of musical concepts as structural principles in the composition of poetry
- The blending of literature and music in other aesthetic contexts (theatre, film, religion, etc.)

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers. Please send abstract (no more than 250 words) and a short biography to by 1 May 2014. Please also advise organisers of any A/V requirements and/or dietary preferences (for catering purposes).

Symposium Organisers:
Christian Griffiths, Anthea Skinner, Angela Tiziana Tarantini, Dr Paul Watt.

NB – The organisers are planning to publish a selection of these papers as a special journal issue. However, a separate call for papers will be issued for this purpose.

A PDF flyer is available here.

On behalf of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL), the judging panel announces with pleasure the Short List for the 2013 Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal.

Luke Carman, An Elegant Young Man (Giramondo)
Hannah Kent, Burial Rites (Picador)
Eleanor Limprecht, What Was Left (Sleepers)
Alex Miller, Coal Creek (A & U)
Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda (A & U)
Alexis Wright, The Swan Book (Giramondo)

Our thanks go to the publishers for submitting their titles for judging. More than sixty books were submitted, a group that represents both the quality and diversity of Australian literary publishing.

Books were submitted by A & U, Fourth Estate, Fremantle, Giramondo, HarperCollins, Hybrid, John Leonard, Macmillan, NewSouth, Picador, Scribe , Sleepers, Storyworks, Text , UQP, UWA Publishing, Vintage, Wakefield, William Heinemann.

We also extend our thanks to the writers. The excellence of the work submitted made our task difficult, but it was also exciting to experience the depth of talent present in the current Australian literary scene.

The ALS Gold Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year. The medal was inaugurated in the 1920s by the Australian Literature Society, which was founded in Melbourne in 1899.

The winner will be announced at the ASAL annual conference in July 2014.

Yours sincerely

ALS Gold Medal judging panel

Dr Philip Butterss (Chair)
Kelli Rowe
Dr Mandy Treagus

University of Adelaide

Friday 7 March, 7:30 pm (with light refreshments and music from 6:45 pm)
The Scots College Auditorium (Senior School Campus) VictoriaRoad, Bellevue Hill, Sydney

PDF flyer available here

In 2014 ASAL will host the first of its public lectures designed to foster deeper engagement between readers, teachers and secondary school students, with Australian writers and their work.  On 7 March 2014 acclaimed novelist, poet, essayist and critic David Malouf will deliver the inaugural ASAL Public Lecture, followed by an open Q & A session.  David Malouf will discuss his ideas about literature, creativity, writing and desire.

Tickets are essential for catering and seating purposes.  To purchase your ticket, please go to:

Reading Australia, a project developed by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, is seeking to understand what resources would be useful in the teaching of Australian works at a tertiary level. It would be greatly appreciated if you could spend a few minutes answering their short survey available at

For more information about Reading Australia, please go to

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