Monday, 19 August 2013

21st century art of fugue: book

The Daily Fugue, previously named The Skilbeck Scrolls,  started in April 2011, as an experiment in online writing that continued. Several times it has almost reached a natural point of closure, but there was always something more to write about. Somehow this seemed to be the place to do that.  Perhaps it is past that use by date now, and soon I'll be publishing a volume based on the earlier posts. So read them now, free of charge, if you are interested as soon they will be disappearing from here! Thanks to readers around the world, and in Australia for your comments and ongoing dialogues mainly on Facebook, that's what's kept this blog going.  

Friday, 9 August 2013

Cloudland #12

Ruth Skilbeck, Cloudland #12, 2012

Flying high as an academic, last year, continued. This is another photographic image taken from the window of the plane as I returned to Sydney from an international conference in Toronto, on mothers and history and histories of motherhood, hosted by MIRCI, the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, based at York University. I presented my original research into "Remembering Australia's Forgotten Mothers" and my own family story in the histories of the "stolen generations", when untold numbers of children were taken from their mothers, predominantly Indigenous mothers, but others too, and the history of colonialism in Australia. My essay on this topic is published in the journal of the Motherhood Initiative Vol. 3, No 2 (2012).

Access the essay at this link: 

Cloudland #7

Ruth Skilbeck, Cloudland #7, 2012

 This image is from a series of  photographs that I took on the flight to Canada from Sydney and back again, when I went to a conference last year to present my research on "Remembering Australia's Forgotten Mothers" at the Mothers and History: Histories of Motherhood international conference hosted by groundbreaking international research institute MIRCI (Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement) which is based at York University in Toronto. Kudos to Canadian researchers for leading the  field in international research into motherhood across all academic disciplines. It would be inspiring to see more of such initiatives in Australia, another country which is founded on colonialism and has a complex and interesting history, or herstories, of motherhood.

Cloudland #6

Ruth Skilbeck, Cloudland #6, 2012

Flying high as an academic, last year, I took this photograph from the plane on my way back to Sydney from a conference in Toronto, when I was a Lecturer at the Journalism and Media Research Centre, at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. This series expresses feelings of transcendence and living in the moment, a moment that was short and which I captured through the lens of my camera. 

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

New Publishing House Survey

Dear Readers,

As some of you may know, I am in the process of starting up a new publishing house.  We are conducting a survey to find out what readers like to read and how they like to read. Our new publishing house will be global and local, publishing e-books and physical books. The new publishing house will be based in Newcastle, New South Wales,  in the old post office in Adamstown which has been my residence and home base for the past two years, as I have been writing about in this blog. I would be very appreciative if anyone would like to fill in the survey, which should take only  a few minutes.

Many thanks,


Click here to take the survey: