Chekhov and other things

Hi all. If you can get to Chekhov on the 1st of Feb then try to do so… see previous post. There is a free lecture before the show (10.30) followed by interviews with actors…. so contact Barbary Vickery and see if she can secure you a place. I had Teresa and David (year 2…

The Cherry Orchard

Hi all- have just secured a deal for all my students who want to see Chekhov’s the Cherry Orchard at the Wharf Theatre (especially applies to 2nd year students- but Chekhov is a MUST for ALL LIterature students). So here goes: contact Barbara Vickery at either: bvickery@sydneytheatre.com.au OR on 92501778. Tell her that you are…

Hi all- I hope you are finding some time to relax and gather your strength for next semester. Those of you doing Shakespeare with me should know about a book I have just finished reading: “Will in the World” by Stephen Greenblatt. If you can get hold of it it is a great introduction to…

Merry Christmas

Hi all, wishing you a merry Christmas for 2005! Our family has had its traditional Austrian Christmas yesterday (the 24th). We had 20 gathered in our house for lunch and then the sharing of gifts. My son David with his three children, Leeara, Alexandra and Josh came with his wife Renee. I won’t go through…

Poem

Leaves like wet tongues delicately lick the drops of fresh rain falling lightly from summer mist Rainbow Lorrikeets, green and blue and red Wet wings dripping with colour glow Flashing like knives through solid silver downpour High pitched noisy screetch as a flock of five thrash through the neighbourhood Wheeling, whirling in their search for…

Poems

Hannah thunders up the stair Blunders in her nightdress to the fridge “Milk! No Milk! Why is milk never there When Breakfast calls me loudly up the stair!” Dad, dad I’m hungry Can’t we think ahead And get what’s needed before we go to bed! Why is every morning just like this I stagger up…

LiveJournal gets International Publicity

So we can all get a blast from this- especially those who contribute regularly and who sent comments in about how valuable they find LiveJournal- look at this wrap that OUR efforts gets in the International WebCT Journal (for October) posted this morning: Blogging with WebCT at University Blogging has become a popular communication tool…

Poetry Competion 2 2005/2006

On behalf of everyone who took part in the Poetry Competion- all the contributors as well as the winners this is a BIG thanks to the volunteer judges (Carolyn, Olivia, Launce, Rebecca…). Without them this competition could not have happened…. so T H A N K Y O U We look forward to you all…

David N's Prize-Winning Poem

This poem captivated all the judges to varying degrees… but it scored the highest among the five of us. Why? It is such an extraordinary treatment of the most ordinary. A pair of old shoes that contain and tell a whole life-story both that of the wearer and the creator. And after this, after years…

David N's Prize-Winning Poem

This poem captivated all the judges to varying degrees… but it scored the highest among the five of us. Why? It is such an extraordinary treatment of the most ordinary. A pair of old shoes that contain and tell a whole life-story both that of the wearer and the creator. And after this, after years…

David N’s Prize-Winning Poem

This poem captivated all the judges to varying degrees… but it scored the highest among the five of us. Why? It is such an extraordinary treatment of the most ordinary. A pair of old shoes that contain and tell a whole life-story both that of the wearer and the creator. And after this, after years…

End of Week 12

Thank you all (first, second and third year) for you talent, enthusiasm and commitment in putting on a raft of plays in this last week. We had performances of 20thCentury plays by Pinter, Beckett, Edson and Stoppard, Australian plays A Hard God, Coralie Lansdowne Says No, The Cakeman and How Does Your Garden Grow. In…

Chinua Achebe- Last Tutorial of 2005 !

We had an excellent concluding tutorial on Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (in second year). Thank you all for your creative input. Yes, once one has read Things Fall Apart it is possible to be more sympathetic towards Achebe’s thrashing of Conrad (my hero!). While Conrad’s heart is definitely in the right place, it is true…

Things Fall Apart

Turning and Turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…. W.B. Yeats “The Second Coming” These words are the inspiration for the title of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Both Yeats and Achebe are in a certain sense…

I have just been re-reading some of these fantastic nineteenth century Australian poems. Charles Harpur’s “Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest” and “The Creek of the Four Graves” are amonst my favourite. Harpur’s landscape is very like that of John Glover in its powerful, majestic, awe-inspiring mood. And Harpur wields his words like Glover wields…

Help needed!

If anyone can tell me how to bring the text of my last entry in from the right margin (so that it can all be seen on the computer screen without having to scroll across…. ) I would be made very happy 🙂 MG

Report on Cairns Conference

Hope you can all indulge me this one. I had to put in a brief report on my conference paper in Cairns. Some of this may be of interest because it shows the way my thinking is headed. Thank you to all those who submitted comments on your use of LiveJournal- I simply was not…

Hi guys- flat out writing exam papers and getting on top of marking this week. There is a price to pay for galavanting around the top end!!. See you all next week when I will be able to give you clearer insights on what exactly is in your exam. Have a profitable study week! Cheers…

Cairns Etc

Hi all… and thank you for your many well-wishings… I am writing this in an internet cafe in the main street of Cairns. It is around 7pm, dark and very warm outside. I have just spent an hour or so trying to troubleshoot the troops back home… but all does seem to moving relatively well.…

Cairns- Conference and other matters

Hello all! It has been a blast in Cairns! both the heat, the fantastic tropical environment and the conference with speakers from all around the world. Hearing teachers around the world talking about the way the internet is transforming their teaching was a mind stretching experience. University education is going through a huge revolution (the…