Luke Stegemann wins 2018 Malaspina Award
November 13, 2018
MEDIA RELEASE: The Association of Spanish Researchers in Asia-Pacific (SRAP), with the support of the Spanish Embassy in Australia, is proud to announce writer, cultural historian and Hispanist, Luke Stegemann as the winner of the 1st edition of the Malaspina Award (2018), which is bestowed upon individuals who have made an important contribution to the advancement of the scientific and/ or cultural relationships between Spain and Australia.
Luke Stegemann has worked in media, publishing and higher education, and as a Spanish-English translator, in both Australia and Spain. He was formerly the managing editor of The Adelaide Review and the founding editor of The Melbourne Review. He has written widely on Spanish art, history, culture and politics. In 2017, Stegemann contributed to the deepening of this relationship with the publication of The Beautiful Obscure, the first book that examines in close detail the interweaving cultural and political histories of Australia and Spain. He has made significant contribution to the cultural links between Australia and Spain and demonstrated a commitment in highlighting these ties which unite both countries and their heritage.
Read the Media release in full here.
Luke Stegemann in Spain
November 29, 2017
Transmission Press author Luke Stegemann promotes debut in Spain, researches new book, and reports on the Catalonian crisis (December 2017-January 2018).
• Livelihoods on the line as divided Catalonia goes to polls
(Sydney Morning Herald, 20 December 2017)
"Nuance is something which Gabi Martinez, a freelance journalist and one of Spain's most highly regarded young novelists, is searching for: 'Culture has to be able to reach those difficult and nuanced spaces where politics cannot,' he says, referring to the unyielding positions taken by all sides in this conflict." Read more here.
• Election Caps Turbulent 2017 for Catalonia
(Australian Institute of International Affairs, 20 December 2017)
"This week, after an acrimonious campaign including allegations of foreign interference, Catalonians are voting in crucial regional elections. While parties seek to echo the anti-Francoist freedom fighters of old, is it that simple?" Read more here.
Podcast: Books & Arts, Radio National
November 24, 2017
Featuring Rene Prieto, Maria Takolander and Luke Stegemann
Latin American Book Club: Men of Maize by Miguel Angel Asturias is dreamy, elliptical, poetic, fragmented and full of references to Mayan folklore. It's also hugely significant in the history and development of Magic Realism... Click here to listen to this fascinating discussion about Asturias's book.
Top Shelf, Radio National
September 25, 2017
Luke Stegemann's Top Shelf picks
From books to boxing... Luke Stegemann is a writer, editor, Hispanist and a boxing referee so it's no surprise that his Top Shelf is an eclectic collection of old time favourites. Click here to listen. Enjoy.
Banana Lounge Broadcasting, RRR
August 8, 2017
Luke Stegemann chats with Dave Graney
Luke Stegemann and Dave Graney feature in this lively Banana Lounge Broadcasting conversation about Spain, Australia and The Beautiful Obscure, aired on Melbourne's RRR on August 8. Click here to listen to the interview (their chat starts at 1:30:16). Enjoy.
Podcast: Books & Arts Latin American Book Club
July 28, 2017
Jeff Browitt, Luke Stegemann, Lilit Thwaites and Rusty Youngdiscuss The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
"Planes, bombs, civil society and relationships: many things fall in this complex Colombian novel." In this fascinating conversation, Sarah Kanowski is joined by readers whose lives have 'intersected with the country and the language of Vásquez's novel in various ways.' Click here to listen to the podcast.
Discovering Spain from Australia (Sydney talk)
July 6, 2017
A conversation with Luke Stegemann
It was standing room only at Instituto Cervantes when author, Luke Stegemann and Cultural Manager, Marc Barrio took to the stage on a cool, Sydney evening to discuss The Beautiful Obscure. It was a lively conversation that included personal anecdote, and insightful commentary on Spanish history, art, politics, and more. It was a terrific evening! Special thanks to the folk at Instituto Cervantes, especially Victor Ugarte and Marc Barrio.
Spain's ties to Australia on Late Night Live (audio)
June 27, 2017
With Phillip Adams and Luke Stegemann on RN
To listen to this fascinating discussion about the long neglected history of Spain's influence on Australia, click here.
Melbourne book launch update
June 26, 2017
University of Melbourne, 01 August 2017
Presented by the School of Languages & Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, this not-to-be-missed event on August 1 will feature author, Luke Stegemann, and special guests in a lively discussion about The Beautiful Obscure. For more details, click here. Please note: admission is free, but seating is limited so book your place today. See you there!
Extract: The Beautiful Obscure
June 21, 2017
Colonel Light's Spanish Connection
In the early nineteenth century, joining the local forces fighting Napoleon in Spain was a group of British soldiers and engineers who would later be central to the early exploration, development and governance of Australia... Click here to read this exclusive extract of The Beautiful Obscure by Luke Stegemann, published by The Adelaide Review.
Blog: The Madness of Don Pablo
May 25, 2017
"My father was a quiet man, and the hushed simplicity of... monuments, along the main streets of slow towns, with their carved lists of names, spoke to him – as did the churches, regardless of denomination – of both a common faith and a common struggle. A struggle that had little to do with class or political consciousness, but that turned on the daily efforts of ordinary men and women to bear the grief and hardship of life... To keep reading this exclusive extract from The Beautiful Obscure by Luke Stegemann, please click here.