Brian Castro Patrons Lecture:
Detours and Divagations: Consciousness, Otherness and Hospitality
Thursday 14 March, 6.30pm
Io Myers Studio, UNSW Sydney
Winner of the Prime Minster's Literary Prize, Brian Castro, will deliver the 2019 ASAL Patrons Lecture: Detours and Divagations: Consciousness, Otherness and Hospitality.
Brian Castro was educated at the University of Sydney and has worked in Australian, French and Hong Kong universities as a teacher and writer. He is the author of eleven novels and a volume of essays on writing and culture. His novels have won a number of state and national prizes including the Australian/Vogel literary award, the Age Fiction Prize, the National Book Council Prize for Fiction, four Victorian Premier's awards, two NSW Premier's awards and the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction, and he is the recipient of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for poetry. He has delivered keynote addresses at major conferences in Shanghai, Vienna, Paris, Toulouse, Hong Kong and Kyoto, as well as in Wagga Wagga (for the 2013 ASAL annual conference). He has been a Literature Board member on the Australia Council. For many years he was the literary reviewer for Asiaweek magazine. In 2005 he held the position of Macgeorge Fellow, and in 2007-8 he was the Professorial Research Fellow in Creative Writing, both at the University of Melbourne. He is currently Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide and is a member of the management committee of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, a centre for cross-disciplinary linkages and research into creativity.