samedi 30 avril 2011

Mardi 03 mai: Conférence de John Ramsland à Nouméa

Conférence de John Ramsland, historien et professeur émérite d'Histoire (University of Newcastle - Australie) - Mardi 3 mai 2011 à 18 heures dans le grand amphithéâtre de l'UNC de Nouville.
La conférence, éponyme du livre du professeur John Ramsland, donne à réfléchir sur le rôle des histoires locales et leur contribution à une meilleure compréhension des difficultés rencontrées par les communautés aborigènes, à travers l'exemple de Purfleet, une station aborigène importante de la vallée de la Manning (Nouvelles-Galles du Sud).

Dans son livre, Gardiens de la terre de la vallée de la Manning (Harmattan, 2010) traduit de l'australien par Valérie Djenidi, le professeur John Ramsland explore l'histoire des relations entre les aborigènes et les Européens. Il évoque le passé de la vallée de la rivière Manning, une région de la côte Est, au nord de Sydney. Malgré la colonisation de leur pays par les Européens, les Aborigènes ont fait preuve d'une résilience extraordinaire qui démontre leur attachement au sol des ancêtres mais aussi l'importance de leur fonction de gardiens de la terre.

Le livre du Professeur John Ramsland paru aux éditions Harmattan dans la collection Lettres du Pacifique, fut lancé en Australie par l'Alliance Française de Newcastle, (NSW) le 3 mars à 19 heures.

Un grand bravo John pour ce nouveau livre!

dimanche 24 avril 2011

Exhibition opening at the Lethbridge Gallery: May 7th

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Buy an original Chong portrait print and support ABR!


Australian Book Review – to celebrate our fiftieth year – is offering a series of portrait prints of distinguished writers and cultural figures by the noted Australian artist-designer W.H. Chong. Throughout 2011, several ABR covers will feature superb original prints – the perfect adornment for a personal library, and a fine gift for an admirer of the individual subjects.

The series began in February, with Paul Kelly (SOLD OUT) continued with Dorothy Hewett and PATRICK WHITE, and this month’s subject is JULIAN ASSANGE (see left).

Each portrait is available exclusively from ABR. The unframed prints – presented in a limited edition – are signed and numbered by Chong.

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Archibald Prize Winner 2011: Ben Quilty

See this year's winning portrait by Ben Quilty of Margaret Olley alongside 40 finalist works, including portraits of Australian identities such as Waleed Aly, Cate Blanchett, Quentin Bryce, Cathy Freeman, Jessica Watson and Hugo Weaving. Finalist artists include Del Kathryn Barton, Adam Cullen, Lucy Culliton, Ken Done, Nicholas Harding, Jenny Sages, Jiawei Shen and Tim Storrier. Visit the exhibition and vote in the People's Choice award.

An interview of the prize-winner is available here :

samedi 16 avril 2011

exhibition/ exposition 19 avril 2011

Invitation à une exposition à Nouméa par Chantal Kwast-Greff, auteure de deux articles pour Correspondances Océaniennes.

Australian Writers Network by Irina Dunn

NETWORK NEWS 16 APRIL 2011 16 April 2011 Soirées Littéraires 3 May — Jacques Brel A conversation between Soirées founder Irina Spinadel and visual artist Benedicte Cruysmans about the famous Belgian singer-songwriter, actor and director Jacques Brel (1929 – 1978). Jacques Brel has touched people across cultures with his songs on universal human themes, as well as sharing with his own compatriots his deep insight into their common origins. Born in Belgium, like Jacques Brel, Benedicte Cruysmans grew up with the music of Jacques Brel, and in this discussion she will reflect on some of his views on aging, belonging, freedom, friendship, and the many other themes explored by Brel in his songs. Time: 6.30pm-10pm, Tuesday 2 May Venue: "La Brasserie", 118-126 Crown Street Darlinghurst, Sydney (Nr William Street) Cost: Supper + Talk $35.00 Regrettably, no complimentary tickets can be issued as prices have been minimised to keep the costs affordable for Soirées guests. RSVP essential, limited spaces Payment: Make cheques to Soirées Littéraires, PO Box 572 Paddington NSW 2021 or deposit $35 in Westpac BSB 032 051 Account 162 874. Phone: (02) 9363 1147 (02) 9363 1147 Email: An Evening with Peter Miller-Robinson "Peter has a superb voice which reveals the influence of Dylan and Cohen but has a resonance and style uniquely its own. If you haven't heard Peter sing, you are in for a wonderful treat that will take you on a musical ride that salutes the great singer-songwriters of our time while presenting interesting original songs." Irina Dunn Peter Miller-Robinson is a songwriter, singer and guitarist whose original music embraces elements of folk, blues and jazz. He also plays mandolin and eight-string ukulele. He is known for rich vocals, dexterous playing and astute, often wry lyrics. Peter has been awarded twice by the Australian Songwriters' Association. Peter is an enthusiastic live performer who plays regularly at festivals, universities, folk clubs and on national and public radio. He has shared the stage with many well-known local and international artists. In 2007 he supported Bo Diddly, Eric Burdon, Rodriguez and Chris Smither at the Basement in Sydney during their Australian tours. In 2009, Peter was invited to tour Ireland by Kingdom Management. A highlight of this trip was playing at the hallowed De Barras Folk Club run by the famous Moore family, Christy, Barry (aka Luka Bloom) and Gavin. The tour was a great success and Peter will be returning to Ireland in June this year. This Pain Quotidian show will be one of his last in Sydney before Peter flies out. Peter is currently completing his second CD, "Amongst Others", before the trip. Peter acknowledges the inspiration of the generation of songwriters he grew up listening to, including Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. There are also the darker influences of Lou Read and John Cale from 60s New York. As well as Peter's own compositions, you can expect to hear fine interpretations of songs like "Dance Me to the End of Love", "Hallelujah", "I Shall Be Released", "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Crazy Love" and even "Perfect Day" . Peter will be accompanied by long-time musical friend, Tim Watts, on double bass. What the critics have said about Peter... "Fine writing" Philip Adams "A compelling story teller" Drum Media "Haunting tales" Sydney Morning Herald Time: 6.30pm-10pm, Monday 16 May Venue: "Le Pain Quotidien" French cafe, 54 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040 Cost: Supper + Performance $30.00 RSVP essential, limited spaces Payment: Make cheques to Australian Writers Network, PO Box 1600 Auburn NSW 1835 OR deposit $30 in Westpac BSB 032 020 Account 254469 OR pay via Paypal at Make sure you include your last name in your payment and send an email to for your receipt/ticket. Phone: (02) 9646 1101 (02) 9646 1101 Email: Citations of travel guides sought... Richard Auletta is looking for citations of specific travel guides, such as Baedeker, in literary works since 1801. This is an ongoing project (based at the University of Southern Maine) to try to match the role played by the travel guide in the literary work with actual locations "on the ground" at the time that the literary work describes. For example, if a character in a novel used a Baedeker to locate a hotel and a restaurant in 1880s Berlin, the places mentioned could be matched with the edition of Baedeker's Berlin which was current at the time the novel was written. Besides Baedekers, there were many other travel guides which were widely consulted in an earlier pre-internet era, such as Gagliani's Paris, Michelin guides of many lands, Murray's guidebooks of European and world destinations, Black's guides to the British Isles and Europe, Ward Lock's "Red" guides to many British cities and counties, and a host of others. In the Western Hemisphere, there were Appleton Guides, Osgood guides, Ryder's guides and others, covering all of the USA; Terry's guides to Mexico, Cuba and Japan; and many others. In the twentieth century, we had Fodor's guides, Fielding's guides, Frommer's guides and more, leading up to the present-day Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Moon and Rough guides , again, among many others. The only "requirement" is that the travel guide be known by name, and that it played at least an incidental role in the development of the novel (or other literary work). This is an ongoing project that is likely to last a couple of years or more. Please contact Richard Auletta if you know of any such citations, or of any that you may encounter in the future in your literary (and other) wanderings. Caption: Irina Dunn with Les Murray

Gloucester Writers Festival Don't forget that the Gloucester Writers Festival is to be held on the weekend of 30 April-1 May in the Hunter and Mid North Coast region of NSW. Guests include Australia's best-known poet Les Murray, prolific fiction writer Michael Wilding, Phillip Adams' biographer Philip Luker, political commentator Ross Fitzgerald, poet Anthony Lawrence, young adult writer James Roy and crime writer Barry Maitland, among many others. There will be panel session on crime and romance writing, biography and memoir, writing for young adults and graphic novels, there will be a poetry sprint, and writers with completed manuscripts in hand will have the opportunity of making a pitch to a major publisher during the festival. Australian Writers Network Director Irina Dunn will engage poet Les Murray in a discussion about his life and work. See for details of program and how to book. IN OTHER NEWS A word of advice... Does your manuscript need an edit or a professional assessment? When you have completed your manuscript, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, you will, if you are serious about your work, be seeking professional help to take it to the next stage. Forget about the “FF” factor, that is, the friends and family who will inevitably love it and be amazed by your creative brilliance. Instead, you need the dispassionate eye of an experienced reader to advise you on how to improve your manuscript, and you may be wondering whether you should ask for an edit (copy edit, line edit, structural edit) or a manuscript assessment report. My advice is that you initially request a manuscript assessment report which includes feedback on the structure of your manuscript. This is an important consideration in the crucial early stages of revision to ensure that the overall shape of your manuscript is the best possible for your subject and genre. Such an assessment should suggest what you should leave out as well as what to include or change to increase the dramatic tension or draw out the subtleties of your material or give the best coverage of your subject or theme. Only when the structure is set in place should you ask for a thorough, detailed edit. Get the structure wrong and you could be wasting a lot of money on editing material whose structural flaws are obvious to a publisher, and as we know, publishers spend very little or nothing these days on editing manuscripts, especially if they require a lot of work. This is why you should present a word perfect, beautifully structured and well-edited manuscript to publishers. You only get one chance with them and if you present a poorly edited, badly flawed manuscript they may immediately reject all future manuscripts by you without even a glance at the synopsis or first page. Irina Dunn CONTACT THE AUSTRALIAN WRITERS NETWORK IRINA DUNN PO BOX 1600 Auburn NSW 1835 Email: Mobile: +61 2 (0) 403 486 363 More about Irina Dunn :

samedi 9 avril 2011

Photo gallery/ Galerie de photos: The Great Australian Novel book launch

A big big thank you to my mate James for taking these stunning pictures !

What a great night!

Thank you very much indeed to all of you, for your friendship, support, and interest in Australian fiction.

Feel free to give me feedback from your readings.

With best wishes, Jean-François Vernay

Bilingual feedback from the book launch: 06.04.2011

Caption: Artist Charles Billich, author of The Great Australian Novel -- A Panorama, Sydney-based writer Sue Woolfe and translator Marie Ramsland. English version: I wish to thank again Christa Billich for organizing this fabulous launch in The Billich Gallery, The Rocks, and Charles Billich for creating the original bookcover of The Great Australian Novel (Melbourne: Brolga), now available from the best bookshops in Australia. Many thanks to Sue Woolfe for delivering her witty speech with a great sense of humour and for sharing her enthusiasm for the book. I was also happy to meet again translator Marie Ramsland on this occasion. I wish to acknowledge the support of the French Government and La Maison du Livre, which in their ways, enhanced the pleasure of this wonderful experience. Last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude to all of my friends who turned up and supported my writing by purchasing the Australian edition of Panorama du roman australien (Paris: Hermann, 2009). NB: A photo gallery of this night will soon be available on my blog Version française : Je souhaiterais remercier à nouveau Christa Billich pour l'organisation de ce fabuleux lancement dans la galerie Billich au coeur du vieux quartier The Rocks, ainsi que Charles Billich pour avoir conçu la couverture originale du livre The Great Australian Novel (Melbourne: Brolga), disponible dans les meilleures librairies australiennes. Un grand merci à Sue Woolfe pour son discours pétillant d'esprit, mâtiné d'un bon trait d'humour, et le partage de son enthousiasme pour le livre. J'étais par ailleurs heureux de recontrer à nouveau ma traductrice Marie Ramsland à cette occasion. J'aimerais rendre hommage au soutien de la Mission aux Affaires culturelles, sous la direction d'Emmanuelle Charrier, et de La Maison du Livre, sous la présidence de Frédéric Ohlen et la gestion administrative de Jean-Brice Peirano, qui ont, à leur manière, contribué à accroître le plaisir de cette expérience merveilleuse. Enfin, je souhaiterais exprimer ma gratitutude à tous mes amis qui sont venus soutenir mes écrits en achetant la version australienne de Panorama du roman australien (Paris: Hermann, 2009). Disponible ici: Pour ceux qui souhaitent écouter l'entretien réalisé avec Jean-Noël Ducasse pour SBS, le 05 avril 2011, suivre ce lien:

NB: Une galerie de photos sera bientôt disponible sur ce blog.

vendredi 1 avril 2011

INVITATION to my book launch: Wed 6 April 2011

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Feel free to get in touch with the author by dialing 0420549033