Adelaide Adventures – self-guided tours of the Central Markets on Gouger St or the Botanic Gardens on North Terrace – Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 2pm (or any other time you like)
In town the day before the conference and looking for something fun to do? Follow our adventure maps (check back here closer to the conference) to take yourself on a walking tour and explore at your own pace.
Delight your senses with a stroll through the Central Markets, Adelaide’s undercover fresh produce markets. Meet at 2pm on the Gouger Street side, at the Southwest corner table cluster next to Lucia’s, to explore with other conference people. Forage the variety of stalls to sample some of the finest foods from the local region and around the world.
Take your Central Markets loot and soak up some sunshine with a wander through the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Gardens, with free entry through the wrought iron gates on North Terrace. Read a book on a lush lawn or picnic in the shade of a plane tree, get lost in the shadows of the giant bamboo forest, or go looking for the remains of the old Adelaide Asylum.
For other adventures around Adelaide, take yourself on a wander through the history of West Terrace Cemetery, or grab an Adelaide Metro card and take a 20 minute tram ride to the end of the line and the golden sands of Glenelg beach.
Early Arrival Drinks & Dinner – the Hotel Metropolitan, 46 Grote Street – Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 5pm
We can’t wait to welcome you to Adelaide! If you’re in town the night before the conference, come along to the Metro from 5pm and meet the convenors and other conference attendees for a casual get-together at a cute old Adelaide pub just a few hundred metres from the main conference venue. Drinks, snacks, and a delicious seasonal full dinner menu will be available.
Creative Readings Night ‘What’s Lost, What Lingers?’ - The Hearth at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George Street, Thebarton – Wednesday 29 November 2017, 6:30pm
Catch the tram a couple of stops out of the city to Thebarton and then it’s a short stroll to the Wheaty on George Street (adventure map to guide you coming soon), for a creative readings night curated by a Flinders University creative writing collective: The Hearth.
Listen to readings on the theme of ‘What’s Lost, What Lingers?’ from your fellow conference delegates while you sip on a craft beer or whisky, the specialties of this beautiful old no-pokies pub that’s a favourite with the locals, or sample one of South Australia’s many delicious wines. Nibble on a cheese platter or some chips from the bar, get a tasty meal from a food truck out the front of the pub, or order in a wood oven pizza delivery from the menu behind the bar.
If you’ve been accepted for the creative stream of the conference, you are welcome to present at The Hearth instead of the daytime sessions – just let us know. Otherwise, if you would like to read your creative work, head over to the Call For Presenters and submit your proposal.
Conference Dinner – Mrs Q, 1/128 Gouger St – Thursday 30 November 2017, 7pm
Through a doorway and up a flight of stairs you’ll find Mrs Q, a stylish contemporary Thai restaurant, where we’ll meet for a conference dinner on Thursday evening. The dinner will give you time to catch up with new and old conference friends in a relaxing environment while Chef Nu prepares a procession of delicious shared dishes for the table. Be sure to find a moment to sit out on the balcony and take in the sights and sounds of Gouger Street, home to many of Adelaide’s best restaurants, the fresh food delights of the Central Markets, and the city’s vibrant Chinatown district.
Pre-booking and payment of $48 (drinks not included) by 15 November 2017 is required to secure your seat for the conference dinner Feed Me menu, and please tell us about any dietary requirements so that Mrs Q can look after you. Dinner tickets can be purchased here.
AGSA First Fridays – Art Gallery of SA, North Terrace – Friday 1 December 2017, 5pm
Staying on in Adelaide a little longer? First Fridays at the Art Gallery of South Australia is a monthly event all about art, live music, local performance, and relaxing in the lovely art gallery surrounds while sipping on a Friday wind-down drink. The event is free to the public and food and drinks can be purchased from the gallery cafe. Finish the conference right back where it all begins, mooch around with conference friends, and check out the permanent art collections and the exciting current exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, TARNANTHI.