Gifts from China

njoseEric Rolls Memorial Lecture, National Library of Australia

Professor Nicholas Jose

2pm-3pm, Sunday 20 March 2016
Theatre, Lower Ground 1, National Library of Australia, Canberra

Professor Nicholas Jose reflects on Eric Rolls’ research of China’s centuries-old relationship with Australia and his own experiences as a researcher, writer and former cultural attache in Beijing.

Nicholas Jose is a novelist, essayist and playwright, whose thirteen books include the novels Paper Nautilus, Avenue of Eternal Peace (shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award), The Custodians (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize) and Original Face; two short story collections; a volume of essays, Chinese Whispers; and the memoir Black Sheep. After gaining his doctorate at Oxford University, he taught in the Department of English at the ANU 1978-1985. His monograph Ideas of the Restoration in English Literature was published in 1984.

Professor Jose taught in China 1986-87, and served as Cultural Counsellor in the Australian Embassy Beijing 1987-1990. A full-time writer from 1991, he resumed his academic career as Chair of Creative Writing at Adelaide University in 2005. A past president of International PEN Sydney, he is general editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (also published as The Literature of Australia). He was Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University 2009-2010 and taught there again in 2011.

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This event is part of Writing China, held in association with the exhibition Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911: