Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Welcome to our new blog!

Well, we're in Week 2 of teaching and already exciting things are happening all around the place. Last week saw our first Rotunda in the West event for the year: John Clarke and Bryan Dawe in conversation with Bruno Lettieri. We had our biggest ever crowd for this event with over 300 guests, and everyone seemed to enjoy the conversation and question time.

This week we have a new Rotunda in the West event: something different. We've worked with the State Library and City of Melbourne to run our first ever Summer Reading Relay on Thursday (3 March) from 12 noon to 6 pm, and then Twilight Panel on short story writing at 6 to 7 pm, in Experimedia at the State Library. (For those of you who may already know about this, yes, there has been a change of venue—we've moved inside the State Library because of the unpredictability of the weather.) Guest readers include Catherine Deveny, Kristin Henry, Ann Tonks, Steve Grimwade and Counillor Jennifer Kanis. We think this may be the first time an event like this has ever been run in the world, so come along and have a look. Entry is free.

Novel 2 students are getting ready to shortlist stories for the Ada Cambridge Prize, and we have our poetry bus coming up shortly. So, as you can see a great range of things are happening around our classes—these certainly lend the course a feeling of dynamism, and make coming to work and, we hope, school exciting!

Tracey Rolfe

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