Friday, July 1, 2016

Writing your own story

It's been week 4 in my new job at La Trobe University and I'm really enjoying it - from the beautiful verdant grounds where the friendly ducks roam, to the great people I've met, to the exciting work I'm involved with organising the Bold Thinking Series of public lectures, which will all be held in the second half of this year at the State Library and hosted by SEN radio announcer (and former Triple J presenter) Francis Leach.
Preston Records Rent Party image via The Thornbury Theatre
There's a bit of a Triple J connection in that one of the later lectures this year will also involve Lawrie Zion, who is actually the Professor of Journalism at La Trobe University but also known as the creator of Triple J's Hottest 100.  Speaking of music, today is the start of the annual Leaps and Bounds Music Festival in the City of Yarra while the Preston Records Rent Party is next Sunday at The Thornbury Theatre if you need a reason to go out and have a good time in the depths of winter.
Picasso and his Dog image via Darebin Arts Centre
Given it's school holidays, you might be interested in the Darebin Arts Loud Mouth program specifically designed for children and family.  Tickets are selling fast for puppet show Picasso and his Dog based on the story of artist Pablo Picasso and his sausage dog called Lump.  Daschunds are very cute dogs and I did have a little giggle at the sausage dog race held in Melbourne last year.  We've been minding our god-dog Pepper this week and she's left her muddy footprints everywhere inside as well as a lingering wet dog smell...
Indigenous Story Telling for Kids image via Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
It's actually Naidoc Week as of this Sunday, and locally the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is also holding an Indigenous Story Telling for Kids event with cultural educator and storyteller Ron Murray on the 6th and 7th July.  Tickets are $10 on Eventbrite - be quick!

Disclosure: Miss Rosanna is a Bundoora Homestead Art Centre Board member

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