UQ Book Club

Discover the exciting world of Australian literature through UQ Book Club! 

The monthly UQ Book Club champions works of Australian literature through world class discussions, meaningful connections and engaging literary content – all designed to inspire your inner book worm. Hosted by Associate Professor Stephen Carleton and a monthly special guest from the Australian literary scene – alumni, students and members of the public can now join together and share their love of books in an interactive online community. Partnered with UQ Press (UQP) members will have also have access to an exclusive discount on selected works.

 

About our host


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Associate Professor Stephen Carleton, School of Communication and Arts
Director, Centre for Critical and Creative Writing


Stephen is a Brisbane-based playwright and academic. His plays have been produced across Australia and won awards including the Griffin Theatre Award (2015) for The Turquoise Elephant, the Matilda Award for Best New Australian Play (2017) for Bastard Territory, and the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award (2005) and New Dramatists’ Award (2006) for Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset. Those plays and others including musical Joh for PM (2017, with Paul Hodge), and The Narcissist (2007), have been shortlisted for a range of awards including the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award, Queensland Literary Awards (Drama), and two AWGIEs.

His main areas of theatre research at present are in the intersections between Gothic drama and Eco-criticism, where he has written the first of a proposed trilogy of 'cli fi' plays. He has published on the Australian Gothic, and extended this area of interest into Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. He has a background in Postcolonial drama, Australian Drama (from c19th melodramas to c21st playwriting), Spatial Inquiry (focussing on the Australian North), and Cultural Geography. He is also co-creator of the Cultural Atlas of Australia with his colleagues Professor Jane Stadler and Associate Professor Peta Mitchell.

 

 

 

 


Featured Book for August

Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch

In 2006, Tara June Winch’s startling debut Swallow the Air was published to acclaim. Its poetic yet visceral style announced the arrival of a fresh and exciting new talent. When May’s mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn’t seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets off to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong. Swallow the Air is the story of living in a torn world and finding the thread to help sew it back together.

About Tara June Winch

Image of Tara June WinchIn 2006, Tara June Winch’s startling debut Swallow the Air was published to acclaim. Its poetic yet visceral style announced the arrival of a fresh and exciting new talent. When May’s mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn’t seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets off to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong. Swallow the Air is the story of living in a torn world and finding the thread to help sew it back together.



UQP Discount

Swallow the Airtis available for purchase through UQ Press. Use the code UQBOOKCLUB at checkout to receive 20 per cent off.

Purchase Swallow the Air


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UQ Book Club: August

27 August 2020 7:30pm
Join our host Associate Professor Stephen Carleton as he discusses our featured book, Swallow the Air with Indigenous author, Tara June Winch.
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UQ Book Club: July

30 July 2020 7:30pm
Join our host Associate Professor Stephen Carleton as he discusses our featured book, Mammoth with Author, Chris Flynn.
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UQ Book Club: June

25 June 2020 7:30pm8:30pm

UQ Book Club: May

28 May 2020 7:30pm8:30pm