Writing & Society Research Centre seminar

Event Name
Writing & Society Research Centre seminar
5 July 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Parramatta South Campus

Address (Room): Female Orphan School, conference room 1, EZ.G.23


NOTE this is a change of date. Seminar is now 5 July. Please cancel 28 June event. ‘The Dangerous Ambiguity of Using One’s Feet: a novelist’s reflections on negotiating the relationship between place and story, and pedestrian and car, in an urban setting’ This paper will attempt to situate the writing of my recent novel, The Restorer, and its relationship to place within a practice-led vantage-point that draws on concepts of writing about the city, ranging from the figure of the flâneur to the field of psychogeography. In part, I am interested in how the act of moving through a city on foot helped me to approach and define the city in which my novel is set and—through this—offered specific opportunities and imaginative possibilities for the narrative rendering and utilisation of place. MICHAEL SALA was born in the Netherlands in 1975 to a Greek father and a Dutch mother, and first came to Australia in the 1980s. He lives in Newcastle. His critically acclaimed debut, The Last Thread, won the 2013 NSW Premier’s Award for New Writing and was the regional winner (Pacific) of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize. His latest novel, The Restorer, was short-listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award.

Speakers: Michael Sala, visiting scholar at WSRC

Web page: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/writing_and_society/events/writing_and_society_seminars

Name: Suzanne Gapps


Phone: 02 9685 9377

School / Department: Writing & Society Research Centre