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…

Study Break

Hope you are all catching up on some sleep, some work and some leisure! I have been doing some of all of these myself. I caught a dawn rainbow down in LyreBird Gulley just behind our place yesterday morning: I have actually seen many lyrebirds down here over the last few years. They are amazing…

DRAMA AT ACU- WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ONE OF OUR OWN STUDENTS- DON'T MISS IT

ACU Drama presents: “The Silver Cord”- written and directed by Georgina Dickinson and “Grass Is Always Greener”- devised from Jeffery Archer and directed by Elly Clifton. Together for one night only, Friday 17/10/08 at 7:30pm, Murray Hall Strathfield. Also separate matinees on Wednesday 15/10/08 at 12pm (Silver Cord), and Friday 17/10/08 at 3pm (Grass is…

DRAMA AT ACU- WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ONE OF OUR OWN STUDENTS- DON'T MISS IT

ACU Drama presents: “The Silver Cord”- written and directed by Georgina Dickinson and “Grass Is Always Greener”- devised from Jeffery Archer and directed by Elly Clifton. Together for one night only, Friday 17/10/08 at 7:30pm, Murray Hall Strathfield. Also separate matinees on Wednesday 15/10/08 at 12pm (Silver Cord), and Friday 17/10/08 at 3pm (Grass is…

DRAMA AT ACU- WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ONE OF OUR OWN STUDENTS- DON’T MISS IT

ACU Drama presents: “The Silver Cord”- written and directed by Georgina Dickinson and “Grass Is Always Greener”- devised from Jeffery Archer and directed by Elly Clifton. Together for one night only, Friday 17/10/08 at 7:30pm, Murray Hall Strathfield. Also separate matinees on Wednesday 15/10/08 at 12pm (Silver Cord), and Friday 17/10/08 at 3pm (Grass is…

Reminder

Academic Assistants: Please free to contact any of these assistants for help and guidance in troubleshooting issues you might have with LiveJournal or in expanding your ways of using LiveJournal to express yourself. All these volunteers are experienced and highly creative users of the medium and are keen to expand their own knowledge through helping…

Week 7 LiveJournal Suggestions

Hi all- thank you for all the hard work that you have all put into your LiveJournals during weeks 1-6. I am plowing my way through these as we speak and there are some extraordinary creative talents emerging- both in words and images. I encourage you all to continue making contact with the LiveJournal Academic…

Week6- LiveJournal Suggestions

Hi all – this is the week when the first half of your LiveJournals for this semester have to be prepared for presentation. In particular you need to finish off your entry for week six and then post a new separate entry with the SUBJECT “My Best Entry from Weeks 1-6”. When you have done…

Week Five

Well it has been a momentous week in more ways than one. As well as having the joy of working with a group of Aboriginal students on Introduction to Literature (see previous post) I have had to cope with the near extinction of my vocal chords… some may be very grateful for this lull in…

First Years at the Art Gallery

Thank you first years for being such an eager bunch, keen to understand the ways in which art can illuminate what is going on in literature. What a fabulous icon that was in the main entrance hall to the gallery “THE TRUE ARTIST HELPS THE WORLD BY REVEALING MYSTIC TRUTHS”. That is a message which…

Amazing Weekend

Spring is definately in the air in the bush around where I live. Flowers waist high in some areas. I and my brother went walking along the track that the artist Margaret Preston used to walk on when she lived in Berowra some 60 years ago. Here I am egocentrically perched next to my favorite…

Suggestions for Entries Week 3

Hi all… what a great week it has been! Alex Miller’s Journey to the Stone Country- an extraordinary read which I can recommend to all years. First years are doing this in Australian Literature. It is a wonderfully hopeful novel about the way towards reconciliation in this country. In second year we were exploring the…

Suggestions for Entries – Week 2

As promised here are a few suggestions for those having difficulty getting started in their entries this week. First year: Write a letter in the voice of Henry Lawson telling Mary Fortune (“Waif Wanderer”) what you think about her description of the Australian Bush. Second year: Write a letter in the voice of Siegfried Sassoon…

Weeks One and Two

Hi all- Units are up and running: Australian Literature, Twentieth Century Literature and William Blake- The Visionary Imagination…. and it is great to have Nikki on board to help out with many of our tutorials. We now also have a team of willing LiveJournal Assistants (drawn from Years 2 and 3) who are keen to…

LiveJournal Garnering: Years 2 and 3

So I have now finished my saunter through the fields of creativity in Second and Third year LiveJournalers…. it has been a feast, but I have had to much swimming and bush walking to keep my appetite alive…. over 200 journals in all!….. So again while many many journals had interest, merit and originality, I…

Ekphrastic Poems

Hi all. Here are the images I used to stimulate your Ekphrastic imaginations the other day (what the hell is that say some- but they are the un-initiated ones!) Let them find out here. So if you are keen, willing and able why don’t you post/ copy your ekphrastic poem into THIS Blog [as a…

First Year Live Journals

Hi all- I have just finished marking this HUGE BATCH of LJs…. Here are my comments and thoughts. Marks will be visible in My Grades soon. I have enjoyed immensely the journey through first year LiveJournals… so many of you have cottoned on so quickly to the rich possibilities within this medium and it is…

Amazing Weekend

Welcome back after Easter to the mid-point of Semester one. First years- we are now about to enter the world of poetry. This is my favourite section of the unit and I look forward to sharing with you some of the poetic delights of our anthology as well as encouraging you to turn your experiences…

Turner- Monet Exhibition

This was an awesome day in Canberra. The exhibition just gives such a powerful sense of how important landscape was in and is to human beings. The whole exhibition is of course anchored in the ideals of Romanticism since it begins with that core Romantic Turner. For Turner and his followers, the miracle, mystery and…

Easter Break

The week of on-line work seems to have been enjoyed by most- including myself! I have managed to take many of you to the art gallery and to the Shakespeare Collection in the State Library and get a swathe of marking completed! Comments on your LiveJournals are also coming thick and fast – so watch…

Bush Walk Jerusalem Bay

With a friend, Graeme, I went for an awesome walk down to Jerusalem Bay- just north of where I live on the edge of Kuring-gai Chase- I have never seen so many glistening spider webs, catching the rays of the rising sun. And the birds at dawn in this secluded valley are just amazing: lyrebirds…

LiveJournal Helpers

Hello All- the LJ URLS are coming in thick and fast and I will soon be able to publish a complete list. However, as you know (especially first years- but all years are welcome)- we have a team of competent, accomplished LJ Users who are happy/keen/excited/willing to share their skills and enthusiasms with you. I…

Welcome to Literature 2008

Hello all -many of you again! We are in for a fabulous semester of Literature whether you are in first, second or third year. What a feast we have in store: Literature an Introduction; the amazing 19th Century and the awe-inspiring Age of Shakespeare. I hope you all like the new, more free and easy…

End of Semester 07

Thank you all for a fabulous semester in Australian Literature, Twentieth Century Literature and William Blake: The Visionary Imagination. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you all and wish you well for the remainder of the year. Good luck with your exams and I look forward to seeing all returning students next year. Those of you…

Bush Bash thanks to George W. Bush

I, my friend Graeme and my son David had a fabulous bush walk into new territory on the APEC (oops OPEC) holiday just gone. We wandered into the Marramarra National Park between Wisemans Ferry and Arcadia. An amazingly undisturbed tract of bush full of rare wild flowers- some that I have never seen before. The…

George Orwell in the News Today

George Orwell- one of the greatest figures in modern literature- has a message that is still deeply threatening to those in power who try to control people’s opinions about anything. Orwell has strategies to make us think, to make us see, to see the difference between truth and lies. So I was fascinated to see…

Spring Day in The Bush

What a wonderful spring day last Sunday. Father’s day and my son took me and his three kids (my grandkids) to the Muogamarra Nature Reserve. The word “M..” is Aboriginal for “preserve for the future”. The reserve is only open for 6 weekends a year at the start of spring and the wild-flowers there are…