Writer, journalist, critic and editor, Kerryn Goldsworthy grew up in rural South Australia and has a BA and PhD from the University of Adelaide. She taught at Melbourne University from 1981-1997 as tutor, lecturer and then as Senior Lecturer 1989-1997 before returning to live in Adelaide to work as a freelance writer and independent scholar. Former editor of the Australian Book Review (May 1986 to Dec 1987) she has edited several anthologies of Australian writing and has published a collection of short stories and a book on Helen Garner. She has been involved with South Australia's Writers' Week and the Commonwealth Foundation's writers' awards, and is a regular monthly columnist for The Adelaide Review. She is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.
Adelaide2011single work prose 'A painting, a frog cake, a landmark, a statue, a haunting newspaper
photograph, a bucket of peaches, pink shorts in parliament, concert
tickets, tourist maps ...
Kerryn Goldsworthy's Adelaide is a museum of sorts, a personal guide to the city through a collection of iconic objects. Adelaide
navigates her southern home, discovering its identifying curios and
passing them to the reader to touch, inspect and marvel at. These
objects explore the beautiful, commonplace, dark and contradictory
history of Adelaide: the heat, the wine, the weirdness, the progressive
politics and the rigid colonial formality, the sinister horrors and the
homey friendliness. They all paint a lively portrait of her home city -
as remembered, lived in, thought about, missed, loved, hated, laughed
at, travelled to and from, seen from afar and close up by assorted
writers, citizens and visitors - but mainly as it exists in her memory
and imagination.' (Publisher's blurb)
'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.
'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.
'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.
'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.
'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)
Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.