The Mt Lawley campus of Edith Cowan University, in Perth, is currently holding an exhibition called ‘Celebration of the Book’, which showcases the published creative work of graduates of the university’s higher degree program in writing (PhD, Masters and Honours), as well as some of the academic staff involved in the program.
Candidates graduating from these programs undertake a major creative work plus an accompanying exegesis; my PhD thesis, for example, consisted of a novel (submitted under the title ‘Ellipsis’ and subsequently published as The Sinkings) and an exegesis comprising two substantial essays, one on the subject of ambiguous genre and the other on ambiguous gender.
Many of the graduates of ECU’s higher degree writing program have gone on to achieve publication; outstanding novels that spring to mind—products of that program—include The Alphabet of Light and Dark (Danielle Wood), A New Map of the Universe (Annabel Smith), The Nature of Ice (Robyn Mundy), Finding Jasper (Lynne Leonhardt) and The Albanian (Donna Mazza). Even that abbreviated list includes one Vogel Award winner and one T.A.G. Hungerford Award winner, as well as four short- or long-listings for other major awards. To quote from the exhibition catalogue:
From 1999 to the start of 2013, twenty-one writing students have graduated with a Higher Degree from Edith Cowan University. More than half of their projects have resulted in significant publications. Many of our alumni have carved careers as professional authors and academics, mentoring a new generation of writing students. From a small base comes an impressive collection of printed works. As part of our 2013 Celebration of the Book Exhibition, Edith Cowan University is proud to showcase a selection of creative writing publications, with supporting comments from the authors.
I feel proud to be included among the writers featured in the catalogue (you can download a copy via the link here)—writers whose work I admire, many of them friends, and/or colleagues in various capacities.
So congratulations to ECU, to exhibition curator Robyn Mundy, to all the writers exhibited (full list below), and to one supervisor, in particular, who has been thanked so often that there is talk of a fan club (he would hate that!)—Dr Richard Rossiter.
And what fine company it is!
Dr Suzanne Covich
Dr Fran Cusworth
Dr Maureen Helen
Dr Simone Lazaroo
Dr Julia Lawrinson
Dr Lynne Leonhardt
Dr Donna Mazza
Dr Vahri McKenzie
Dr Anne Morgan
Dr Robyn Mundy
Dr Ffion Murphy
Professor Glen Phillips
Dr Marcella Polain
Associate Professor Richard Rossiter
Dr John Charles Ryan
Dr Annabel Smith
Professor Andrew Taylor
Dr Terry Whitebeach
Dr Danielle Wood
10 responses to “In fine company…”
This is wonderful, Amanda. I especially love the advice for emerging writers. Feeling inspired.
It’s lovely to hear that the catalogue is a good resource, as well as a celebration! Thanks, Kristen 🙂
Wow! It is a fine cast on that list!
Isn’t it just, Louise! You can see why I feel fortunate to be on it 🙂
I am a PhD candidate in the writing programme at ECU and nearly finished. To say that the work of these writers and their achievements is tremendously inspiring is an understatement and to be a part of that Higher Degree Programme at ECU a privilege. Fan clubs? Where do I sign…
Hi Kim, and congratulations—you’re nearly there! The sense of privilege you speak of was something I felt deeply, and still do. Thanks for stopping by, and please keep in touch (if you want to, of course); I’ll always be interested to hear about how graduates of the program are doing 🙂
Oh thank you Amanda so very much for your welcome and encouragement.
It’s so much appreciated.
Hi Kim (and Amanda of course)
Kim, Good to see you in your digital persona…isn’t this lovely? There is a world of generous, lovely writers with amazing ideas just waiting 🙂
Ah, I should have known you two would be friends! I’m looking forward to seeing additions to that list of names. 🙂
Thanks Amanda 🙂