Authors to inspire at USC Research Week

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USC’s Creative Writing academics, from left, Dr Paul Williams, Associate Professor Gary Crew and Dr Ross Watkins

1 July 2014

A trio of internationally published and awarded authors will ensure USC is an open book during its 2014 Research Week from 14-18 July.

Associate Professor Gary Crew, Dr Paul Williams and Dr Ross Watkins, who lecture in Creative Writing at USC, will present a free public seminar on Wednesday 16 July from 5-6pm.

The trio will also answer questions from the audience about publishing across a range of youth and adult genres, from fantasy novels to illustrated books.

Dr Crew, who has won multiple awards and published 80 books globally since 1985, said the ‘Writers Speak’ event aimed to encourage emergent writers and keen readers from across the Sunshine Coast community.

Dr Williams won Book of the Year in South Africa in 2008 for Soldier Blue and has taught in universities in Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and the United States.

Dr Watkins was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Emerging Author in 2011 and published The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree in 2012. He lectures in writing and designing books for e-publication.

During the seminar, PhD student Ginna Brock will ask the three academics about how they produce creative works as research.

‘Writers Speak’ will be one of three public seminars at USC’s Innovation Centre Auditorium during Research Week, which showcases the diverse projects underway.

Health will be in the spotlight on Tuesday 15 July from 5.30pm when USC Senior Research Fellow Dr David McMillan discusses progress on a new vaccine to prevent infection and Senior Lecturer in Molecular Engineering Dr Joanne Macdonald discusses DNA computing and technologies of the future.

On Thursday 17 July, leading Australian writer, scientist, conservationist and climate change commentator Professor Tim Flannery, currently of Sydney’s Macquarie University, will give a free public presentation from 6pm to 7.30pm.

USC Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Roland De Marco said the activities, exhibits and competitions between Monday 14 July and Friday 18 July allowed staff and students to celebrate and share their research achievements on campus at Sippy Downs.

Further details on USC Research Week are available and people can also register for public events on USC's website.

– Julie Schomberg

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