Sunday, October 02, 2005


readings by the freshest faces to hit Calgary’s lit scene:

Shady Cosgrove
Robyn Read
Caleb Zimmerman

hosted by Mark Hopkins

Sunday, October 16, 2005, starting at 7:30 pm
@ The Oolong Tea House, 110 10 St NW (Kensington)

Join us in welcoming some of the newest writers to appear on Calgary’s literary landscape! Shady Cosgrove, a creative writing professor from the University of Wollongong in Australia, is in Calgary on an exchange with the U of C, and she leaves town in mid-October, so this is your last chance to catch her! Robyn Read and Caleb Zimmerman have recently come to the University of Calgary as grad students in the department of creative writing, and this is their first public reading since arriving in town.

SHADY COSGROVE, a professor in the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong in Australia, is currently teaching at the University of Calgary as part of an exchange between the two institutions. She just completed her first novel, The Golden Courtesan, which responds to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre by exploring the life of Edward Rochester’s mistress, Celine Varens. Excerpts of the novel have been published in Southerly, Hecate and Antipodes.

She graduated from Vassar College, New York, with departmental and general honours in Women’s Studies and English before completing her doctorate at the Australian National University. She has previously worked in journalism, covering the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games as a sports journalist as well as specialising in feature writing and sub-editing.


Blogger Jill said...

"New Arrivals" was a great reading. I met up with Shady Cosgrove before the reading to talk about the University of Wollongong, where she teaches. Shady's great! Wollongong sounds like it has a strong creative Writing program.

Caleb read first, and I loved his story about a magic jellyfish with a Scottish accent! Robyn read a short story about two women who float around their apartment on a futon raft. Shady read last, and read from a work in progress about a pilgramage she and her partner Scott took to Graceland. All three readings together were surreal and very funny.

Too bad Shady's leaving so soon! Lots of her Calgary writing students came out to hear her read, so she's obviously much loved. It would be awesome if the U of C Dept. of English had a student exchange with Wollongong as well as a Professor exchange.

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