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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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And Watch The Whale Explode: UTS Writer's Anthology 2017 

Various Authors, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - Foreword by celebrated Australian essayist, poet and critic, Fiona Wright who is the 2017 Copyright Agency (CAL) New Writer in Residence at UTS. And Watch the Whale Explode is the 31st edition of the UTS Writers' Anthology. 

Photographer and UTS student Christopher Quyen, and resin artist Sarah Lee designed the intriguing cover image. 

When a whale washes up on the shore of a beach there is only one surety: it must explode. Sometimes a bystander, anticipating the inevitable, pokes the gaseous figure; the skin rips, and it is done. Our world can feel like the brimming belly of a beached whale, the pressure building, an indeterminate force compelling us to take an explosive action, even when it makes little to no sense.

A girl takes a pair of shears to a black-dashed line on her skin; a woman tries to stem the flow of snake venom in the blood of a man who is already dead; an epileptic wears a crash helmet  'round the clock; a man with only one good arm cuts it off with a chainsaw, and how?

After every explosion, a throng of people approach the beach cautiously, collecting the debris together.

Watch Over Me

Claire Corbett, Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Master of Arts in Writing, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - It is the present day. The foggy northern city of Port Angelsund is under occupation by the soldiers of Garrison. Sylvie is a young woman just trying to survive. When she is singled out for punishment at a Garrison checkpoint, a young lieutenant rescues her from torture. Though she knows the terrible risks of collaboration, she cannot stop herself from falling in love. Watched by Garrison's vast machinery of surveillance, Sylvie discovers she is also under the protective and suspicious gaze of her lover.

When her older brother returns on a terrorist mission that will throw the city into chaos, Sylvie's loyalties are tested beyond breaking point. Her deep bond with her brother and her illicit passion for her Garrison officer are loves that cannot coexist. Whatever she does is betrayal.

In the spirit of Hiroshima Mon Amour and Suite Francaise, this sensual and heart-breaking novel brings the classic conflicts of war and occupation, devotion and treachery, up to the present minute. While the unimaginable power of modern warfare advances, Watch Over Me reminds us that the things at stake-survival, refuge and love-remain the things worth fighting for.

Behind The Text

Sue Joseph, Senior Lecturer, Journalism & Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - 'Behind the text' is a celebration of the often forgotten genre of creative nonfiction, through research about and interviews conducted with eleven prolific award-winning Australian creative nonfiction authors, including Paul McGeough, Doris Pilkington Garimara (the last interview before her death in 2014), David Leser, Kate Holden, Greg Bearup and Anna Goldsworthy.

Joseph has written an account of each author/journalist, including their writing processes, as well as any ethical dimensions in their work.

They are located in Australian settings around the country. The Australian creative nonfiction literary landscape is rich and vital, read with relish by Australians, and deals with important and burning national issues. Yet creative nonfiction in Australia is rarely discussed as a cohesive genre.

This is the first definitive Australian text which brings together a disparate group of Australian creative nonfiction writers, recognising them and their writing in a way they would be recognised in the USA and Europe.

The Changing Face of Corruption in the Asia-Pacific

Marie dela Rama, Lecturer, Management Discipline Group, University of Technology Sydney.
Chris Rowley, Positions include Adjunct Professor, Asia Institute and Asian Studies Department, Griffith University, Australia

Description - The Changing Face of Corruption in the Asia Pacific: Current Perspectives and Future Challenges is a contemporary analysis of corruption in the Asia-Pacific region.

Bringing academicians and practitioners together, contributors to this book discuss the current perspectives of corruption’s challenges in both theory and practice, and what the future challenges will be in addressing corruption’s proliferation in the region.

  • Includes viewpoints from both practitioners and academic contributors on corruption in the Asia Pacific region
  • Offers a strong theoretical background together with the practical experience of contributors
  • Explores what the future challenges will be in addressing corruption’s proliferation in the region
  • Aimed at both the academic and professional audience

Live Through This

Anwen Crawford, 2017 Writer in Residence, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - Courtney Love has never been less than notorious. Her intelligence, ambition and appetite for confrontation have made her a target in a music industry still dominated by men. As Kurt Cobain's wife she was derided as an opportunistic groupie; as his widow she is pitied, and scorned, as the madwoman in rock's attic. Yet Hole's second album, Live Through This, awoke a feminist consciousness in a generation of young listeners.

Live Through This arrived in 1994, at a tumultuous point in the history of American music. Three years earlier Nirvana's Nevermind had broken open the punk underground, and the first issue of a zine called Riot Grrrl had been published. Hole were of this context and yet outside of it: too famous for the strict punk ethics of riotgrrrl, too explicitly feminist to be the world's biggest rock band.

Live Through This is an album about girlhood and motherhood; desire and disgust; self-destruction and survival. There have been few rock albums before or since so intimately concerned with female experience. It is an album that changed lives – so why is Courtney Love's achievement as a songwriter and musician still not taken seriously, two decades on?

Making a Splash: Mermaids (and Mermen) in 20th and 21st Century Audiovisual Media

Philip Hayward, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - Mermaids have been a feature of western cinema since its inception and the number of films, television series, and videos representing them has expanded exponentially since the 1980s. 

Making a Splash analyses texts produced within a variety of audiovisual genres. Following an overview of mermaids in western culture that draws on a range of disciplines including media studies, psychoanalysis, and post- structuralism, individual chapters provide case studies of particular engagements with the folkloric figure.

From Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Little Mermaid" to the creation of Ursula, Ariel’s tentacled antagonist in Disney’s 1989 film, to aspects of mermaid vocality, physicality, agency, and sexuality in films and even representations of mermen, this work provides a definitive overview of the significance of these ancient mythical figures in 110 years of western audio-visual media.

Multiple books for babies and small children

Chris Ferrie, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Quantum Software and Innovation, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - Dr Chris Ferrie moonlights writing picture books about scientific concepts for babies and children. What originally started as a “nerdy baby book joke”, has since turned into a series of eight (and counting) children’s books on similar scientific concepts.

Back at UTS, Dr Ferrie is working on the development of a quantam computer.

For babies series:

ABCs Series

  • ABCs of Mathematics (October 2017 - Coming soon!)

Goodnight Lab

Chris Ferrie is a physicist, mathematician, and father of four budding young scientists. He believes it is never too early to introduce small children to big ideas. ~Baby University

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.