OZ LIT Families

Hi all- so I have created a dummy OZ Lit Family Group for you to have a look at. If each Group Leader creates one of these (calling it OZ Lit Family 1, OZ Lit Family 2, OZ Lit Family 3…. etc) and then INVITES each member of their family into the group then this…

Entry Suggestions for Writing

William Blake and AssociatesCritical and/or Creative Describe an experience that you have had that picks up some of the miraculous quality that Ginsberg describes in his essay on Blake.orImagine an experience that a character (in your next novel) might have that mirrors something of the quality that Malouf is able to present in his depictions…

Home is where the heART is

What an amazing, extraordinary event that was last night at the Belvoir Street Theatre with the Sydney Street Choir performing their version of the Orpheus and Eurydice story. I took some of my William Blake students with the intention of connecting them with immediate Blakean issues. These are still deeply part of our own society,…

Home is Where the heArt is

What an amazing, extraordinary event that was last night at the Belvoir Street Theatre with the Sydney Street Choir performing their version of the Orpheus and Eurydice story. I took some of my William Blake students with the intention of connecting them with immediate Blakean issues. These are still deeply part of our own society,…

Spring 2009

Spring is in the air and I have been out doing some serious bush-walking in and around where I live. A few days ago I plunged down to the base of Lyre-Bird Gully behind my place and caught the morning mist rising off the confluence of fresh water and sea down near Berowra waters. This…

Hello All

This is the beginning of the next stage of our venture into using a Blogging tool to extend our experience of literature together. I feel optimistic that WordPress is going to provide all that LiveJournal did and more. Please explore all its functions and let me know if you have any problems. It is a…

e-Portfolio

Hi all- I am the proud completer of my very first e-Portfolio. Having set so many of you the task of producing the same I thought it high time that I should follow suit- especially since we are all migrating to Word-Press next semester and I thought I should get my hands dirty. The experience…

Second Year Trawl Completed

Check out some of these extraordinary contributions to LJ Autumn 2009 (PS that’s me 3rd from the right before I had my beard shaved recently!) : http://8-tigerlily-8.livejournal.com/24334.htmlhttp://manubis-alfonzo.livejournal.com/11906.htmlhttp://bomsaii.livejournal.com/17349.html http://beckyluvsty.livejournal.com/  http://bubb26.livejournal.com/ http://melissacalleja.livejournal.com/  http://ndelmas.livejournal.com/  http://emilygray33.livejournal.com  http://mathsnerd.livejournal.com/  http://lucy2311.livejournal.com/  http://kellyscutts.livejournal.com/  http://hallatia.livejournal.com/  http://nickwhittard.livejournal.com/ http://naffs.livejournal.com/    Enjoy MG… and thank you all for your creative efforts!  

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,…