UNSW Canberra and ACT Writers Centre welcome Writer-in-Residence

5.09.19

UNSW Canberra and the ACT Writers Centre are excited to welcome Angela Gardner as this year’s Writer-in-Residence.

Ms Gardner, an award-winning poet and visual artist, will spend her time in Canberra working on her new project, The Now Solid Air, as well as delivering a public lecture on her most recent project, the verse novel The Sorry Tale.

The Now Solid Air will explore many ways to render air visible. Ms Gardner's research in Canberra will include exploring the National Library’s manuscript collections of early pioneer aviators – Lores Bonney and Freda Thompson, as well as the Academy Library’s poetry collection at UNSW Canberra.

“The world’s atmosphere has exceeded 400 parts per million of carbon and it is urgent to render this visible,” Ms Gardner said.

Launched in 2017, the ACT Writer-in-Residence program provides writers with access to UNSW Canberra facilities. They are encouraged to engage with students and researchers on campus.

Since the first appointment of a Professor of English to the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1913, literary studies have formed a key part of the scholarly training offered to trainee officers in the Australian Defence Force.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences Professor Nicole Moore says this partnership with the ACT Writers Centre, funded by the Copyright Agency, helps to keep the University’s English and media studies program connected to Australia’s contemporary literary culture, as well as Canberra’s reading and writing audiences.

“Ms Gardner will work with undergraduates in our English and media studies major, talking to them about her own writing practice as well as helping them explore poetry more in-depth,” Professor Moore says.

“We look forward to hearing from Angela about her current projects, drawing on her experience as a highly successful poet, as well as hearing how her work as a visual artist influences her writing.”

Ms Gardner says she is looking forward to the residency and all the planned activities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to explore new work,” she said.

If you see her out and about on her orange bicycle, flying a kite, or looking at the night sky on Mount Stromlo, say hello.  

Ms Gardner will deliver a public lecture on Thursday 26 September at the Academy Library, UNSW Canberra. For more information, or to register to attend click here.

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