Sunday, 27 November 2011

A New Chapter- Mamapalooza coming to Sydney.

Dear Readers,

It has been a few days (ahem) since last I tapped a missive into this virtual space, and I must admit the thought did cross my mind to end it with my last post, as the Scrolls seemed to have reached a point of natural conclusion. The end of the first six months of the Blog coincided with my new appointment (and the end of the teaching semester). Next year a new vista stretches out ahead. Many things have happened since last I wrote. One is another role I am taking up in the organisation of Mamapalooza- Sydney, an international festival of mother's creativity and art that began in New York and is coming down under in May. And a book project collating a decade of my contemporary art essays, interviews, and articles on Australian and International contemporary art and art journalism, that were published in art and popular culture periodicals, newspapers, radio, online media, and peer reviewed journals, when I was  owner/director of media writing and research business Arts Features International (that I started up in 2003) is in progress. I am still running my one-woman media writing business. With so much to write about, leaving the Blogosphere now would seems premature.

A new chapter begins.

Until next time.

Ruth Skilbeck

Thursday, 3 November 2011

A new position.

Next year, starting at the beginning of January, I will be taking up a one year contract as  MA Lecturer at the Journalism and Media Research Centre, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of New South Wales. I'll be coordinating two subjects, Feature Writing and Writing for Media, and basing my research at the JMRC. 
I began teaching at the JMRC in Semester 2 this year and have been teaching the course Online and Mobile Media, for which students write a semester-long Blog. With my newfound passion for blogging, I have much enjoyed teaching this course and reading my creative students fascinating and very varied Blogs.
Looking forward to a productive 2012.
The phoenix depicted in the Aberdeen Bestiary (ca. 12thC).

Rising like a firebird from volcanic ashes...