Alexis Wright speaks at the 2015 China Australia Literary Forum on Aboriginal art and sovereignty of the mind.

Upcoming Events

Another World in This One: Gerald Murnane’s Fiction 7 December 2017

A one day workshop, Another World in This One: Gerald Murnane’s Fiction, will take place in the small Victorian town of Goroke as part of the ‘Dialogues’ theme of the project.

Recent Events

Antipodean China Workshop 23-24 November 2017

An occasion for writers, translators and scholars from China, Australia and elsewhere to reflect together on questions that are central to the Other Worlds research project, namely what presence does China, or Chinese literature, have in the work or imagination of writers in Australia, including Indigenous writers?

The 4th China Australia Literary Forum 7-11 May 2017

The fourth China Australia Literary Forum (CALF) took place  in Guangzhou China. It continued a process of literary exchange between Chinese and Australian writers.

Historical Poetics Symposium 13-15 December 2016

A symposium that examines how the individual poem presents challenges both for a historical understanding of poetic form and for a formalist understanding of poetry's history.

Coetzee's Other Worlds 7 December 2016

A workshop on the aspects of J. M. Coetzee's texts that evade, transcend or openly resist the imposition of national frameworks.

Featured Event

The Writing and Society Research Centre hosted a Sydney Writers' Festival event featuring Oulipo writer Jacques Roubaud. In this video he introduces the Oulipo with a reading from a piece by Harry Matthews-

Listen to Jacques Roubaud's full presentation on the Oulipo.


The Writing and Society Research Centre runs a series of seminars that occur regularly throughout the year. Seminars are presented by Centre members, visiting scholars and our postgraduate students. Seminars are open to participants from other universities, and interested writers critics and researchers.

Events and symposia

The Writing and Society Research Centre is committed to fostering public discussion around literature and writing more generally. We do this through our public events and symposia. Where possible we seek to extend the life of these events through audio and video documentation that can be accessed on our past events page [insert link] and on the Sydney Consortium website

Under the banner of the Sydney Consortium the Centre has organized events with our consortium partners the Sydney Writers' Festival, State Library of NSW, Australian Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Centre has also presented literary events with the Sydney Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Grammar School, Poet's Union, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney Arab Film Festival and the Blacktown Arts Centre.

Through the Sydney Seminar for the Arts and Philosophy, the Centre presents lectures, discussions and performances related to the philosophical and cognitive understandings of what art can do. We also organise launches and readings to mark new Giramondo releases.

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Our Next Seminar

Friday 10 November, Integrity and the Woman Writer, a panel discussion hosted by Lorraine Sim »Read More