First Year Trawl Completed

 Here are the top 6 first year LJs for the first half of 2009:  http://agoodventure.livejournal.com/ http://clopez-87.livejournal.com/  http://summi91.livejournal.com  http://chrisoneill.livejournal.com/  http://moniquea289.livejournal.com/ http://nspells.livejournal.com/  http://ashlee-stevens.livejournal.com   I would just like to share with you also this reflection from one of you (who I will leave as anonymous –unless he or she wants to be publicized- ). I thought this…

Great Entries from Autumn 2009

I am doing my grand T R A W L through LJ Autumn/Winter 2009. Here is a growing stock pile of some fabulous, thought-provoking entries. I am so pleased that "Blogging" has paid off so handsomely for most of the the literature students engaged in this activity. Next semester (for good or ill) we are all…

Past student visits her home Uni with her (LiveJournal Proficient)students from St Agnes Catholic

justine 1985, former literature student at our uni has just visited her campus with her students from St Agnes Catholic. She was so excited to tell me that she has been using LiveJournal with immense success in her literature classes at school where she -as a direct result of her LiveJournal experience- has become a…

Bell Shakespeare News- up and coming

This message just arrived in my inbox. I am sure our Shakespeareans will be interested. Pericles looks especially good (click thrice to see text): This play is another instance of Renaissance “artists” being passionately interested in stories from ancient Greece and Rome. But the play was also inspired by Shakespeare’s interest in legends that had…

First Year Drama Performances!!!!! Loads of Energy…

Here are some collages of fabulous first years in action, working with contemporary play texts by Woody Allen “Death Knocks”, Eugene O’Neill, “The Hairy Ape”, Joyce Carol Oates “Tone Clusters”, Susan Glaspell “Trifles” and Milcha Sanchez-Scott “The Cuban Swimmer”. This is the end of the semester’s work using Schwiebert’s “Reading and Writing from Literature”. Drama…

The Fruits of our Shakespearean Labours

Such a fabulous set of performances of Shakespeare by Year 3 09. Congratulations to all – you managed so beautifully to implement the examples and advice given by our Bell Shakespeare coach, Matt. So good to have Shakespeare mediated into our bodies by someone with such experience. Enjoy the feast of impressions (and remember- click…

Week 9: A Great Week for Drama

Third year are starting to rehearse scenes from “The Tempest”, from “Henry IV Part1” and from “Midsummer Night’s Dream”; First years are starting to rehearse scenes from around 8 short contemporary plays; Second years are deep into Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” and shortly Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. What a feast of drama happening…

Where Have I Been This Week?

I have been at an international conference in Surfer’s Paradise!- Great location- Great Conference. The conference was called “Creative Communities: Sustainable Solutions to Social Inclusion”. I had to present a paper with the title: “Using web-based technologies to empower creativity in literature classes for the homeless and disadvantaged”. Here is the title slide for my…

Shakespeare 09 Excursion

Shakespeare 09 specialists went to the Shakespeare Room at the State Library today. This amazing room dedicated to the Bard on the 300th anniversary of his death pays tribute to his presence in Colonial Australia. The stained glass window in the room images the famous “All the World’s a Stage” speech, which is arguably the…

Second Year Art Gallery Visit

We all enjoyed our visit to the halls of the Nineteenth Century (Romanticism and Victorianism) at the NSW Art Gallery visit yesterday. The highlight was Ford Madox Brown’s monumental painting of Chaucer (Geoffrey Chaucer- father of English Literature) reading at the court of Edward III: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Chaucer, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_III_of_England. Madox Brown, one of the great pre-Raphaelite brotherhood,…

End of Week Two

 The semester is already in full flight! In Shakespeare we are moving into A Midsummer Night’s Dream; in Nineteenth Century we are moving into Wordsworth, Coleridge, Wollstonecraft and Barbauld; in first year the feast is getting better by the hour! Some wonderful poems by Bukowski, Willams, Young, stories by Maupassant, Joyce, Naylor and others… challenging…

Knock-out performance! Don’t Miss It. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” shakespeareonthegreen.com.au

Grand-daughter Leeara and I arrived at 7pm half an hour before the start of the show in time to set up camp and our picnic dinner. It was a fabulous performance getting into a stride just as the sun was setting over the harbour in Balmain. Here “the mechanicals” (dresssed as Parks&Gardens workers) began their…

A quick word to first years

I know many of you have already posted your first entries into LiveJournal (most of you should have- because it is now the end of week 1- so don’t let yourself get a week behind!). You don’t have to post very much… to get started put in a very short post and a very short…

Great End to First Week Back!

Third years began their unit on Shakespeare this week with an introduction to Shakespeare’s first published poem, “Venus and Adonis” which is an Elizabethan version of the ancient mythic tale of Venus, the goddess of love, attempting to persuade the beautiful young man Adonis to make love to her. His refusal and then his untimely…

Christmas 2008

Hi all- now that marking is over (more or less) and Christmas has just about been and gone, I can begin my many catch-up tasks- one of which is attending to LJ. I hope that you have all had a wonderful few weeks in the lead up to this holiday period and that you continue…

Showcase: LiveJournals from the Clemente Introduction to Literature Program

Students in the C Program studying “Introduction to Literature” have been producing some fabulous creative and critical work and have been earning the respect of full time on-campus uni students who have been actively engaging with this group. C Students who were part of previous Introduction to Literature units and who are now undergraduate students…

Best Live Journals for first half of spring Semester

Be inspired… have a look at some of the best LiveJournals produced in the first half of spring term in first, second and third year at ACU. All the following LiveJournals received over 90% for their work: Year 1 Nicole Delmas http://ndelmas.livejournal.com/ Emma Dirks http://emmadircks.livejournal.com/ Nafsika Divis http://naffs.livejournal.com/ Jake Dowers http://jakedowers.livejournal.com/ Regina El-Hage http://rel-hage.livejournal.com/ Ian…