Westerly Centre

Creative Writing and its Contexts

Further Information




Media Release

The Westerly Centre and the Association for the Study of Australian Literature will host a symposium, Creative Writing and its Contexts, at the University from 17 to 18 February 2011, in honour of Professor Dennis Haskell.

Conference details


17-18 February 2011



The Westerly Centre, UWA and The Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)


Kings Park Motel or St. Georges College, UWA.

Conference overview

Thursday 17 February

The symposium will be opened at 5pm by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson, on Thursday 17 February at The University Club Banquet Hall and Foyer, The University of Western Australia.

Keynote address

Professor Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, from the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will give a keynote address. ‘Sound and Sensibility: English Aesthetics and Minority American Identities’, explores issues to do with the ways American writers from other than Anglophone heritages deal with the physical, linguistic and emotional challenges of conflicted identities.

Shirley Lim is the author of numerous scholarly works as well as a novel, books of short fiction and poetry. Her memoir, Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian American Memoir of Homelands (1996) is perhaps her best known book in Australia.  A new collection of poetry is about to be published.


Readings by visiting and local poets will follow, including by:

  • Irish poet Tony Curtis, a winner of the Irish National Poetry Prize and author of seven poetry collections, the latest of which is The Well in the Rain
  • Andrew Taylor, author of seventeen books of poetry, the latest of which is The Unhaunting
  • John Kinsella, poet, novelist, critic and journal editor, author of more than thirty books. 

Celebratory function 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Please note that Thursday evening (including talk, readings and function) is open to all, however we need to be contacted (via the Registration Form) to have names registered for catering purposes.

Friday 18 February

A full day of papers and readings will reflect broadly the areas in which Dennis Haskell has worked. They are:

  • Australian literary studies
  • poetry and poetics
  • creative writing
  • theory and practice in Australia and Asia.
Opening address

Professor Bruce Bennett, Emeritus Professor in the School of Humanities at Australian Defence Force Academy, formerly of UWA, will speak on the ‘Civilising Value of the Humanities’.


Registration Form - available for download here

Please send (Fax No. 08 6488-1030) a completed registration form to the The Westerly Centreeven if you are only attending the Thursday evening event, as we require this for catering purposes.


A Printable Final Program is available here.




We look forward to seeing you at this event.