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New books by UTS Authors

Highlighting some recent additions to our collection by UTS authors and editors.
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Crime Scenes

Zane Lovitt

Authors - including:
P.M. Newton, Executive Assistant/Librarian, UTS Library, University of Technology Sydney.

Description -Is there really such a thing as an innocent person?

Teachers, cops, mothers, wives, everyone has their breaking point; that moment where it could go either way. From the prostitute with no way out, to the bitter author, and a cop who just wants his leave, the characters in this collection will baffle and bewilder you at every turn.

Features stories from emerging Australian crime writers Amanda O'Callaghan, Eddy Burger, Melanie Napthine and Michael Caleb Tasker alongside award-winning authors Angela Savage, Peter Corris, Leigh Redhead, Andrew Nette, David Whish-Wilson, P.M. Newton, Carmel Bird and Tony Birch.

Once Upon a Time : Australian Writers on Using the Past

Paul Ashton, Casual Academic, University of Technology Sydney
Anna Clark, Australian Research Council Fellow and Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney.
Robert Crawford, was Associate Professor, Public Communication Program, University of Technology Sydney now at RMIT.

Authors - including:
Debra Adelaide, Associate University of Technology Sydney
Paul Ashton, Casual Academic, University of Technology Sydney
Robert Crawford, was Associate Professor, Public Communication Program, University of Technology Sydney now at RMIT.
John Dale, Professor, Creative Writing Program, University of Technology Sydney
Paul Kiem, Associate, School of Communication, University of Technology Sydney
Betty O'Neill, Casual Academic, University of Technology Sydney

Writers cannot escape the past. Whether they are novelists, speechwriters, scriptwriters, biographers or historians, writers, like everyone else, draw constantly on the past in both the practice of everyday life and in doing their creative work. They operate in sensory landscapes which stimulate embodied and situated knowledge. Memories can be evoked by sound, smell, touch, sight and taste through objects, places and rituals. We are all permanently living the past in the present. But the past is not history. History is an ensemble of practices that use the past to make meaning today.

This book brings together sixteen well-known writers from diverse backgrounds: Debra Adelaide, Paul Ashton, Anna Clark, Robert Crawford, John Dale, Ross Gibson, Bridget Griffen-Foley, Lucinda Holdforth, Julia Horne, Paul Kiem, John Maynard, Betty O’Neill, Penny Russell, Janis Wilton, Garry Wotherspoon and Clare Wright. It looks at how history – a discipline which generally strives for critical distance – and the past – a concept which is open-ended and useful in the present – are used in a range of genres from historical and ‘true crime’ novels to family history and memoir.


Christine Mary Evans, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication, University of Technology Sydney

Description -It's a still, hot summer in Perth, only heat shimmying off the city's glass buildings, and not much to do but surrender to the cool of Beatty Park pools. The locals are out in full force: teenagers flirting, even the ragtag kids from the refuge. But something is moving under all the stillness; something dark and untamed. It's moving through lives and connecting them with its sonar trembles: Auntie, in town with Jerome to find his mum, who has run away; Kevin, tired of his lot, dealing with raucous kids and bottlenecks and a city that seems to be growing hostile; Karri and his other-worldly sister Bat Girl; Jackie and her sisters, sharing smokes by the pool.

In this exquisite, lyrical verse novel from acclaimed playwright Christine Evans, we are invited to witness the strange and invisible ways people are drawn together and pulled apart-and to venture to the ultimate catastrophic release that might ultimately return them home.

A Jurisprudence of Movement : Common Law, Walking, Unsettling Place

Olivia Barr, Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Law moves, whether we notice or not. Set amongst a spatial turn in the humanities, and jurisprudence more specifically, this book calls for a greater attention to legal movement, in both its technical and material forms. Despite various ways the spatial turn has been taken up in legal thought, questions of law, movement and its materialities are too often overlooked.

This book addresses this oversight, and it does so through an attention to the materialities of legal movement. Paying attention to how law moves across different colonial and contemporary spaces, this book reveals there is a problem with common law’s place.

Local Government in Australia : History, Theory and Public Policy

Grant Bligh, Senior Lecturer, Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney
Joseph Drew, Lecturer, Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney

Description - This book offers a general introduction to and analysis of the history, theory and public policy of Australian local government systems.

Conceived in an international comparative context and primarily from within the discipline of political studies, it also incorporates elements of economics and public administration. Existing research tends to conceptualise Australian local government as an element of public policy grounded in an 'administrative science' approach.

A feature of this approach is that generally normative considerations form only a latent element of the discussions, which is invariably anchored in debates about institutional design rather than the normative defensibility of local government. The book addresses this point by providing an account of the terrain of theoretical debate alongside salient themes in public policy.

Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays in Hunger

Fiona Wright, 2017 Copyright Agency (CAL) Writer in Residence, University of Technology

Description -  Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the authors affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years.

Fiona Wright is a highly regarded poet and critic, and her account of her illness is informed by a keen sense of its contradictions and deceptions, and by an awareness of the empowering effects of hunger, which is unsparing in its consideration of the authors own actions and motivations.

The essays offer perspectives on the eating disorder at different stages in Wrights life, at university, where she finds herself in a radically different social world to the one she grew up in, in Sri Lanka as a fledgling journalist, in Germany as a young writer, in her hospital treatments back in Sydney.

They combine research, travel writing, memoir, and literary discussions of how writers like Christina Stead, Carmel Bird, Tim Winton, John Berryman and Louise Glück deal with anorexia and addiction; together with accounts of family life, and detailed and humorous views of hunger-induced situations of the kind that are so compelling in Wrights poetry.

UTS Library is dedicated to collecting the books of UTS Authors. If we have missed adding anything published in the last 2 years by UTS staff, students or alumni, please let us know by emailing Merrillie Redden.