I’m having a big week!
For several months now I have been a member of a group called Creative Practice Circle, which is a creative practice research group hosted by Charles Sturt University in Wagga, New South Wales. A year or so back they held a virtual symposium, which I was able to contribute an installation to – from my Voices (In The Trash) picture poetry collection. Membership of the group allows me to claim a formal affiliation and describe myself as a ‘Research Associate’ of the Creative Practice Circle.
Recently there was a call for submissions/expressions of interest, to respond to a ‘provocation’, which included:
- We are interested in interdisciplinary inquiry and collaborations that reach out to explore crevice communities with scientists, artists, academics and members of alternative and/or marginalised communities. We ask:
- What can be found in the “cracks and hollows” that might help us to create a world worth living in?
- In particular, how might creative practice as research make a significant contribution to current discussions about the environment, resilience, and health, including mental health?
I titled my proposal: Searching For The Jazz Baby, with a view to discussing my discovery and delight in finding so much story to flesh out the life and times of Ida Pender in the newspapers of the 1920s. You’ll probably remember my flirtation with Ida, a little while ago – the teenage sweetheart of a notorious gangster, life on the lam from the law, and so on.
I proposed that (in a 20 minute presentation I might be able to resurrect a lost feminine hero, of sorts, and a great female protagonist from the 1920s.
Whether I can actually do that, or not, remains to be seen, but what a hoot!
This symposium runs back to back with the Poetry Conference that I’ll present to in Canberra, though this one is in the regional city of Wagga Wagga. Fortunately on the same broad travel route. A little juggling will be required.
The war in Ukraine, followed immediately by my hunt for the Jazz Baby.
I’ll leave you with a Wanted poster/notice the police put out for Ida when she went into hiding with Squizzy Taylor for a year (I think). Please note, if you can read it, the mention of her shapely legs!