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River Water and Observation

Cate Kennedy has a new collection of poems. I heard Cate talk with Ramona Koval about The Taste of River Water. She read two of her poems during the interview on The Book Show. Both seemed to me to be wonderful guides for those who observe and analyse performance. The first was Thinking the room empty and the second was 8 x 10 colour enlargements S16.50. I read Cate's poems after finishing Stanley Fish's How to Write A Sentence And How To Read One and delighted in Cate's craft. I liked too the introductory quote she used from Kristin Henry: Here, there is no edge for...

Thinking About Words

Last Wednesday staff from Sport Studies at the University of Canberra met the poet Harry Laing at the Old Cheese Factory at Reidsdale to develop our writing skills as part of the Faculty of Health‘s 2010 Writing Week. I have been thinking about the workshop a good deal since then. On one of my journeys into the University of Canberra I caught a Book Show discussion of Paul Celan.The program note included the quote "There is nothing in the world for which a poet will give up writing, not even when he is a Jew and the language of...

Writing Week at the University of Canberra 2010

Today is the start of Writing Week in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. We had a preliminary event last week with Robert Brown. His writing workshop provided an excellent stimulus for disciplined writing for publication. This is the Faculty's second writing week. There are some blog posts about the 2009 Writing Week in this blog. This year the Faculty has scheduled no meetings for the week in order to create time for writing. On Wednesday staff from Sport Studies are meeting the poet Harry Laing at the Old Cheese Factory at Reidsdale to develop our writing skills....

Writing Week: Day 5 First Edition

It has been a wonderful week of conversations, connections and scholarship in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. Despite lots of distractions and end of semester obligations, staff in the Faculty have gone about writing with elan. Overnight one colleague shared with me an interest in ‘writing as a method of enquiry’ stimulated by the work of Laurel Richardson and Elizabeth St Pierre. This has prompted me to look carefully at their work and to consider how I might work with my colleague in the Faculty. Yet another delightful discovery for me in writing week. Another colleague has...