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Anna and Alice            Stories of ‘Alice’ (Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Artist-in-Residence Alice Pung)
                                              and ‘Anna’ (Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholar Dr Anna Goldsworthy)
                                              come readily to the lips of students and staff at Janet Clarke Hall.  Both made a
                                              significant contribution to the life of the College in 2015 as their national and
                                              international reputations continued to grow.

                                              For Alice, 2015 was by her own admission a ‘bit of a blur’ as she became mother
                                              to Leo, but she still found time to speak at our 2015 Literature Dinner on the stories
                                              behind her first fictional novel, Laurinda. The novel, which is set in a fictional private
                                              girls school dominated by a privileged student clique (and soon to be published
                                              in the US) has been longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize and shortlisted for the Inky
                                              Awards. Alice also found time to write a series of children’s books on Marly, an
                                              adventurous girl whose adventures are delighting young readers.
                                              As the Principal noted at our Literature Dinner ‘Alice never writes merely for the
                                              sake of style, but rather from her conviction and desire to help those who may
                                              not feel custodianship of a strong voice – new immigrants, outsiders, international
                                              students, young adults.  Those who, in her words, may feel “invisible”; those who
                                              suffer from “isolation, loneliness, need for acceptance and respect”’.  Her regular
                                              national talks at schools were slightly reduced as Leo found his place in the world
                                              (and in our College life), but Alice joined Anne Summers and Maxine Beneba Clarke
                                              to speak on ‘feminism and class’ at the Wheeler Centre. Alice’s standing in literary
                      Alice Pung
                                              circles was reflected in her award as the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Young Author
                                              of the Year.
                                              Anna’s contributions to the musical life of the College began with the launch of the
                                              Port Fairy Spring Music Festival in her last year as its Director, and culminated in
                                              her wonderful ‘Springtime Offering’, a retrospective drawn from her decade-long
                                              association with JCH. 2015 was a typically busy year in writing and performing in
                                              which Anna toured with the Seraphim Trio and performed the complete Beethoven
                                              Trios, recording three of these for ABC Classics. Anna also found time to act, touring
                                              with the stage adaptation of ‘Piano Lessons’, including a season at the Melbourne
                                              Recital Centre and at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.  As a composer, she wrote a
                                              new cabaret show ‘Cole’, about the life and work of Cole Porter, commissioned by
                                              Barry Humphries and performed at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

                                              As a writer, her Monthly essay on the state of classical music, ‘The Lost Art of
                                              Listening,’ drew significant international attention by raising the question of a
                                              declining audience for classical music. Anna was asked to represent Australia
                                              through the new medium that might threaten the art of listening – the internet – in a
                                              worldwide collaboration of pianists. A full house for her JCH concert suggests that
                      Anna Goldsworthy
                                              the privilege of attending a live performance by a gifted speaker, writer and pianist
                                              is still very much in demand.

            The world unites in music.
            Anna (bottom right) plays in unison
            with Idan Raichel (top left, in Tel-Aviv),
            Can Çankaya ( top right, in Istanbul),
            and Kseniia Rychkova (bottom left, in
            Moscow) in the video ‘United Pianos’,
            the world’s first 22 hand piano piece,
            a celebration of unity through music.
            The video was an initiative of the
            Permanent Mission of Israel to the
            United Nations, featuring eleven
            renowned pianists from across the globe
            collaborating to play the world’s first 22
            hands piano piece. It can be viewed at:

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