Fantabulous, Fibrulating, Flotsganian, Frantifying 20th Century Literature Drama Presentations

Thank you all for the effort and creativity that went into these productions. I felt that so much was learnt about 20thCentury drama through DOING IT! High points for me personally (althought ALL had some spark of true creativity!) will become clear as I meander through the performances. I loved the “Mums & Girls” rendition…

Bushwalk and Granddaughter's party

Between watching and marking Drama performances I did find time to renew my contact with the local bush AND to attend my granddaughter’s Eighth Birthday party (yikes!)… With my son David and friend Graeme we walked all the way from Galston Gorge to Dural and back starting at 5.30am on Sunday morning. A fantastic day…

Bushwalk and Granddaughter's party

Between watching and marking Drama performances I did find time to renew my contact with the local bush AND to attend my granddaughter’s Eighth Birthday party (yikes!)… With my son David and friend Graeme we walked all the way from Galston Gorge to Dural and back starting at 5.30am on Sunday morning. A fantastic day…

Bushwalk and Granddaughter’s party

Between watching and marking Drama performances I did find time to renew my contact with the local bush AND to attend my granddaughter’s Eighth Birthday party (yikes!)… With my son David and friend Graeme we walked all the way from Galston Gorge to Dural and back starting at 5.30am on Sunday morning. A fantastic day…

LiveJournal ACU Spring Prizes…..

Live Journal Spring Prizes 2006 Please pick up your prizes if you have not yet done so!- there are a number to chose from. Let it here be said that the overall quality of LiveJournal is getting better and better by the hour! Please visit all these sites for inspiration!!! First Year Outright Winners for…

Sydney-HongKong

A number of switched-on ACU Literature students have volunteered to be part of a pilot programme in which students from Hong-Kong & Sydney interact using LiveJournal as a Creative Venue. The details of what you do are being worked out as I am writing this…. but if anyone wishes to be added to the list…

William Blake- After Party

We had a great get together at the Wentworth Hotel in Flemington after our William Blake extravaganza. Thank you all for finding this venue- which was timed so well with the SRC end of semester uni “drink-in”…. William Blake would no doubt have endorsed the free spirit flowing in our veins on this evening…… MG

VV Week 5- The Sacred in The Australian Landscape

Before our visit to Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” we had a wonderful session dealing with the aspects of the sacred in the landscape descriptions of A.D. Hope’s poem “Australia” and Mitchell’s journals of exploration through Victoria in the Early 19th Century. We put these images next to John Glover’s paintings of the Tasmanian bush in the…

Mangoes

We had such a wonderful slurpy Australian Literature Tutorial on the poem Mangoes this week. Quite a fabulous way to finish our engagement with Australian poetry for the semester…. oh did we find so many wonderful suggestive connotations in this amazing piece of literary magic…. Oh the blessed subversion of sucking mangoes… of letting the…

Noticeboard?

Hi all… am just coming round the last couple of bends in marking all your amazing livejournals. What I feel is really needed is some place where after you have written your blog you advertise it on some kind of noticeboard so that we could then simply go to the noticeboard to see what items…

Conference with Mark Bernstein

Mark Bernstein publisher of Hypertext works such as Margaret Heyward’s “Of Day, Of Night” was the keynote speaker at a conference I went to today. His topic: “False intentions and the fallacy of finding” explored the ways in which information architecture (that is internet and web design) fail to really match the way we read…

VV -Wk 2 Sacred Australia

Here is the Sacred Australia -Class of 06- and welcome the new member: Rosemary! What a fabulous afternoon we all had in our intensive discussions of the way that poetic language can “restore” something in us all. We looked at David Malouf’s wonderful way of expressing how it is the ordinary events of daily life…

Sacred Australia at Vincentian Village

A wonderful start to a new twelve week program of teaching for homeless and marginalized people at Vincentian Village. We have embarked on a literature course called “Sacred Australia”. This is bona fide university Literature Course that runs at our local campus. It is a literature course with a focus on Australia and especially on…

David Malouf Visit

I forgot my phone camera today so I don’t have any “live” pictures of this extraordinary visit by David Malouf… but the whole lecture was video recorded so there will be some stills from that and there may even be an on-line video lecture if we can get it into WebCT… I was so gratified…

Heading into Week8

This semester is rocketing along… this week in Australian Literature we move into David Malouf’s Conversations at Curlow Creek- in preparation for David’s visit to us next week. In Twentieth Century Lit we are looking at an extraordinary new book “The Other Side of You” by the English novelist Salley Vickers. This book, like David…

Honour Bound

Here is the darkened stage at the start of this “event”… everything stark and feeling like a factory rather than a place occupied by humans. The roar of helicopters and the savage barking of distant dogs…. This was an amazing performance that utilized a whole range of media to get its powerful message across. Here…

David Hicks and Honour Bound

THEATRE VISIT Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre- Tonight! 6.30 Meet me in the foyer of the Drama Theatre at the Opera House at 6pm. The Drama Theatre is at Ground Level; its doors look across to the Harbour Bridge. If you are late I will leave your ticket at the box office. You should read…

Teaching has been hectic in the last two weeks with Discussions and Assignments coming in on top of regular teaching. But two batches of Discussions have now been marked: Australian Literature and Twentieth Century Literature. Both Discussions explored the possibilities of role-playing and of converting literary texts into film. Overall the experiment was succesful; it…

Teaching Week Four

“Visions of the Daughters of Albion” by William Blake was on the Agenda for third years this week: what an amazing poem in its challenge to conventional views of women and sexuality. Blake is here daring to declare that women have the right to determine their own sexuality -despite the tyranny of males. This poem…

Spring is in the air!

The end of week 3 and the start of week 4 and this weekend Rose (my wife) and I planted some Waratahs in our bush garden… a great weekend for planting given the off and on deluges! Then today we caught the first boronias in flower in the bush behind our place. This is the…

End of Week 2

Hi all. The semester is now well under way: guest lecturers arriving, all LiveJournalers sailing on the high seas complete with their URLs…. hope you can all use this LiveJournal space to generate a really passionate relationship with your writing life. We all want to hear what you are reading what you are thinking and…

First Week of Teaching

A great start to teaching this week in all classes. In Australian Literature we launched into “The Mountain’s Own Meaning”…. what on earth is that? some asked!…. we explored the way Judith Wright and others see the exploitative attitude towards Australia -brought by the first European and British settlers- was an attitude that did not…

Presentation

Showcase Presentation on LiveJournal over…. and a great success… there was much interest in the way university students are using LJ so creatively. It was wonderful to have so many fantastic journal entries at hand to show the level of creativity and interactivity that is going on back home. Thanks a million to all of…

Chicago

Hi all.. Chicago is a Buzz… have just walked down to amazing Millenium Park… world famous for its outdoor theatre and its extraordinary animated faces 100 feet high that move, express a whole range of emotions and feel like God speaking down to us mere mortals… will upload some photos tonight and see if I…

Arrival in the USA

Hi all my friends… I have just arrived in Los Angeles in the first let of my visit to the USA. The main aim of this visit is to attend the WebCT Conference in Chicago where I am giving a ShowCase Presentation (that is the grand title!) on the use I have made of LiveJournal…

MA Drama Performances

Hi all… our work with the disadvantaged students at MA had a wonderful conclusion yesterday with a performance of scenes from Midsummer Night’s Dream and How Does Your Garden Grow. The Sydney Morning Herald published a piece on the show in today’s (Tuesday’s Herald). Here is the link in case you haven’t seen it: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/shakespeare-fits-the-bill-on-the-journey-to-hell-and-back/2006/06/07/1149359820571.html.…

MA Drama Week 12

Drama Rehearsals in full swing now for the “big” presentation next Wednesday the 7th June at the MA Centre, 19 Denham Street, Surry Hills. Performance at 11 am sharp. We have had a ball rehearsing both the extract from the Bard’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and from Jim McNeill’s “How Does Your Garden Grow”. The scene…

Hypertext presentations

Thank you so much first years in ENGL104: your collaborative effort in bringing together and demonstrating your research into the new creative medium of HYPERTEXT was really fabulous. I thought that as a whole the class learnt a great deal collectively about something we knew nothing about only 3 weeks ago… now we are on…

Moliere's: The Flying Doctor

Thank you all first year’s – that is the whole class!- who made yesterday’s work on Comedy so enjoyable and entertaining. We really did learn something about the nature of comedy in the way it challenges fixed attitudes to all those who are so self-important in our society: doctors, lawyers…. fathers…. and how comedy literally…

Moliere's: The Flying Doctor

Thank you all first year’s – that is the whole class!- who made yesterday’s work on Comedy so enjoyable and entertaining. We really did learn something about the nature of comedy in the way it challenges fixed attitudes to all those who are so self-important in our society: doctors, lawyers…. fathers…. and how comedy literally…

Moliere’s: The Flying Doctor

Thank you all first year’s – that is the whole class!- who made yesterday’s work on Comedy so enjoyable and entertaining. We really did learn something about the nature of comedy in the way it challenges fixed attitudes to all those who are so self-important in our society: doctors, lawyers…. fathers…. and how comedy literally…

MA Drama Week 9

Did we have fun yesterday with the bard’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”- we managed to introduce and discuss questions about how the language of drama is different from fiction and poetry- how it draws on the expressive power of all the other art forms: painting, music, dance, sculpture…. Drama is an art form that is…

Family Gathering Newcastle

This weekend we had a large family gathering in Newcastle…. a 21st birthday party… couldn’t resist snapping the sun as it set over Newcastle Harbour and here is my son David with 2 of his children. He is just back from having walked the Kokoda trail in 6 days! Next time I will have to…