Perspectives in Parryville

Mark Parry

Unexpected and profound insights from smart people you’d like to meet. Mark Parry has a perspective, but as a conduit, he wants you to hear the perspectives of others. Mark’s longstanding commitment to learning, teaching and communication gets more engaging than ever as he chats with a broad and diverse range of intelligent, friendly and interesting people—artists, researchers, scientists, psychologists, film makers—who are thinking up new ideas and then getting on with making a big or small impact on the world. Mark takes time to listen to their perspectives, and so can you. If you ever wanted to know what the shattered ideology of the American dream looks like as a self-aware oil painting on instagram or how reflection and creative thought helps a scientific researcher in pursuit of a cancer cure or what melodramatic sex on 70s Australian television tells us about the politics of our society, then look no further. The goal: to get big, complex, challenging, important and contemporary ideas out to listeners that never knew they were interested. This is Perspectives in Parryville. Music by Oly Marlan www.olymarlan.com/

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Today my guest is Kat Montagu, a Screenwriter and Instructor. In this episode we find out more about the precise, nuanced territory of screenplays, or more specifically, screenplay formatting that is designed to ensure that a screenplay not only tells an engaging story but also communicates the more technical details used in film and television productions. Kat provides insights into some of the industry-informed processes of creative writing, including the specialist tasks of a script analyst and a story editor. Kat talks us through “The Dreaded Curse: Screenplay Formatting for Film & Television” an educational book that began life as a humble, yet purposeful class handout. With a creative and playful approach pitched specifically at a film-student audience, the book follows a “show, not tell” approach as its self-referencing ghosts and witches tackle their silly mistakes and find ways to improve their own emerging screenplay. In our conversation, we find out how to follow some of the fundamental rules of formatting a screenplay, for example, using particular grammar, punctuation, and fonts. Just for laughs, we reverse-engineer a typical sitcom script, discover the value of script structure and cliffhangers, and explore a few different ways to format dialog in a scripted phone conversation. Kat offers a range of useful insights, tips, advice and practical writing activities to guide and support emerging screen writers on the art of telling a delightful story. Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kat-montagu/ https://www.threeoceanpress.com/all-titles/the-dreaded-curse https://vfs.edu/programs/writing https://twitter.com/kmontagu

Oct 23

44 min 3 sec

Today my guest is Steven Kolber, Teacher, Writer & Researcher from Melbourne, Australia. Steven is one of 50 finalists in the Global Teacher Prize, 2021. In this episode we explore Steven’s role as an English and Humanities teacher at a public, Government high school. We also find out how, driven by a fundamental enjoyment of learning, Steven works globally with technology, instructional video and assistive technology to promote education. In our conversation, we explore the education reading group #edureading where teachers read an academic research paper, then respond and discuss - via short Flipgrid videos and Twitter - its practical classroom application. Steven clarifies the distinction between academics and teachers, and the often complicated and nuanced dynamics and protocols of the educational research space. Steven offers insights into the fundamental aims of the edureading group: that is, to encourage teachers to use online spaces for their professional learning, and develop their confidence, skills and knowledge in educational research. This might then relate to other issues such as politics and context, power dynamics and respect, communication and flexibility of ideas, and teachers “talking back” to research. Steven hopes that once teachers have a greater interest, engagement and agency with educational research, their activities might extend into related areas such as education policy making and planning their own research projects, including writing up and sharing their findings with other educators. Links Steven’s website  https://www.stevenkolber.com #edureading – Academic reading group  https://sites.google.com/view/educational-reading-group/home    Mr Kolber’s Teaching  https://www.youtube.com/channel/mrkolbersteaching    Melbourne Teach Meet  https://sites.google.com/view/teachmeetmelbourne/home Transcript: https://pastebin.com/i2tGmKDF

Oct 7

54 min 13 sec

Today my guest is Alister Lockhart, an Illustrator and Digital Artist. Since Alister’s work is highly visual, you might like to explore some of his artwork as we listen. You can find images and videos on his website: alisterlockhart.net (there’s link in the show notes. In this episode, we explore demons, goblins, and superheroes and capturing their form in illustrations and digital art. In our conversation, Alister shares thoughts on his generally open and responsive approach to employment within electronic games and associated fields, including roles as artist (for comics, trading cards and short films) and as art director (for electronic games), through to short film director, and teacher. Alister offers insights into some of his illustration techniques, which usually start with a rough sketch. Rather than focusing on simple physical attributes, Alister asks the fundamental questions of story telling, that is, the who, what, where, when, why and how? to explore a character’s background and story, vital to how they’ll come to life and become visually expressed for an audience. In our conversation, we also explore some straight-forward thoughts around job satisfaction and some of the more profound ideas related to one’s career, following your own path and living a creative life that fires your imagination. Links: https://www.alisterlockhart.net/galleries https://www.instagram.com/caveatscoti/ https://www.facebook.com/AlisterLockhartart https://www.eccomics.com/ Short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfK79Xblpus&t=9s&ab_channel=Omeleto

Sep 20

51 min 23 sec

Today my guest is Liron Gilmore, a Multi-disciplinary Artist. Since Liron’s work is highly visual, you might like to explore some of her art works as we listen. You can find images on her website: lirongilmore.com or instagram (there’s links to these in the show notes). In this episode we explore the use of fibre and textiles in art marking, including the techniques of machine-sewing, the value of practical tests and the use of mockups, and the importance of a finely crafted finish. In her art practice, Liron seeks to explore the connections that humans have with nature, and with each other, and the possibilities of transformation. Liron shares insights into her practical techniques and creative approaches in her art practice, including metaphor and symbolism and work with found objects such as fallen branches and leaves. We explore some of her sources of inspiration in the form of shapes, colours and patterns in moth and butterflies wings as well as more conceptual ideas around natural phenomena such as tropism - that is, the turning of plants in the direction of light. Liron shares her thoughts on challenges and obstacles to creativity and expression - the overthinking mind and the inner critic - and ways to address these by spending time in nature and using techniques such as mindfulness and meditation. Finally, we explore profound concepts related to perfection and control, and how these contrast with a more comfortable, free-flowing and natural celebration of the organic, irregular and unexpected. Links: http://www.lirongilmore.com/ https://www.instagram.com/lirongilmore/ https://www.wangarattaartgallery.com.au/Exhibitions/Current-exhibitions/Wangaratta-Contemporary-Textile-Award-2021-ONLINE-exhibition https://indd.adobe.com/view/a81d7623-87a2-4e9d-90fc-d3ca43fc479a https://www.britannica.com/science/tropism

Aug 18

55 min 42 sec

Today my guest is Keith Heggart, a Civics & Citizenship Educator & Researcher. In our conversation, we explore civics and citizenship education in schools, that is, the way that students learn to take part in society. Keith offers insights into a range of teaching and learning approaches including the design of an interdisciplinary and integrated curriculum. Keith outlines how students that grow their own agency might become more active and informed members of their community and take action on things they see as important. We explore a range of issues and potential challenges in this territory: teachers’ lack of knowledge and comfort with civics and citizenship curricula, through to students’ disassociation, lack of connection points and inability to link their learning back to their everyday lives. We find out more about a range of citizens: the personally-responsible citizen, the participatory citizen, and the justice-oriented citizen, that is someone, such as a young person, who is capable of recognising the causes of inequality and injustices in the world, and then takes action against those root causes. With students often being equal partners in their learning, Keith offers insights into popular curriculum themes and approaches including experiential and student-led learning, action-oriented learning with impact on the wider community, development of critical literacy and student advocacy for making the world a better place. Links: https://twitter.com/keithheggart https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789813346932 https://profiles.uts.edu.au/Keith.Heggart/publications https://www.acara.edu.au/reporting/national-report-on-schooling-in-australia/national-report-on-schooling-in-australia-2013/national-policy-context/educational-goals

Aug 12

46 min 57 sec

Today my guest is Joyce Matthews, a Facilitator, Trainer and Writer from Scotland. Joyce works with leaders across the world, developing their skills, confidence and competence in andragogy - that is, teaching and leading adults. In our conversation we explore how Joyce supports participants to “find their own why” as they create their own route through their educational programs, correlating with their own mindset, values and beliefs. Along with discussion on pedagogy and androgogy, Joyce offers insights into the mysteries of heutagogy, that is, self-directed learning when the learner becomes their own teacher. We also chat about “sage on the stage” and “guide from the side” teaching approaches and shallow, deep and quadruple-loop learning. Joyce shares a range of other facilitation strategies, including the use of social media, such as Twitter, and achieving sustainable change when training is pitched at the more profound level of learner identity. Links https://www.joycematthewsportfolio.com/ https://twitter.com/JoyceMatthews_

Jul 31

44 min 48 sec

Today my guest is Sandy Nicoll - Dr Sandy - a Teacher Educator & Researcher. In her PhD thesis, Sandy asked the question: How do pre-service teachers engage students in learning during professional experience? in a process of narrative inquiry. The simple, yet profound ideas and practicalities around student engagement continue to inform Sandy’s enthusiastic, ongoing research and professional interests. In our conversation, we explore some of the struggles of teaching, and the value of reflection before, during and after classroom experiences. Sandy shares insights and opinions on pedagogy – that is, the art and science of teaching – and the importance of relationships, skills and strengths-based, learner-centred approaches to learning and teaching. We also explore how research and theory might inform, and be informed, by practical, real-world experiences and applications. Sandy outlines the soon-to-launch “The New Brew Podcast” project, featuring conversations by primary preservice teachers for preservice, and other school teachers. Links: https://nicolleducationtoconnect.com.au/ How do pre-service teachers engage students in learning during professional experience? (PhD Thesis) http://minerva.mq.edu.au:8080/vital/access/manager/Repository/mq:70990 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicoll_education_to_connect/ Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sandynicoll Twitter: https://twitter.com/ed2connect https://twitter.com/DrsandyTnb https://twitter.com/sandnicoll https://twitter.com/thenewbrewpc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-sandy-42b49460/

Jul 10

49 min 48 sec

Today my guest is Jane Messer, a writer, former Associate Professor in Creative Writing, and mentor for fiction and nonfiction authors. In this episode, we explore Jane’s early fascination with storytelling, leading to further study in literature, sociology and philosophy. Jane has published novels and anthologies of world literature, radio dramas, short stories and most recently, a narrative video game. Jane also shares insights into her current project Raven Mother, a memoir-biography that explores her German Jewish grandmother and fathers' lives in 1930s Berlin, Tel Aviv and Melbourne. This nonfiction work is based on personal experiences within major historical events, and explores notions of intergenerational presence and absence, love, motherhood, relationship and identity. Jane outlines the essential contract of trust and honesty of intention between the author and the reader, as well as some the practicalities for the writer, related to evidence, research, and note taking. Links: https://janemesser.com/

May 20

48 min 31 sec

Today my guest is Sarah White, a Conversation Analyst and Lecturer. In her research, Sarah studies the often-unspoken rules of language and how people, in conversations, use words, phrases, tone of voice and even pauses. Much of the focus of Sarah’s research is conversation analysis in healthcare, for example, interactions between surgeons and patients in a clinic. In our conversation, Sarah outlines how language used in interactions can be more (or less) effective and can be used – most importantly - to create meaning between participants. We explore the significance of a clinician swapping a single word – such as “some” or “any” - when asking a question of a patient, and the impact this has on the patient’s response. We also discuss the importance of conceiving conversation and communication as a core skill across a range of clinical and other settings. Links: https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/persons/sarah-white https://twitter.com/DrSarahJWhite

Feb 27

46 min 59 sec

Today my guest is Professor Ronika Power, a Bioarchaeologist and teacher. Ronika’s research revolves around human skeletal and mummified remains from diverse populations across the world. Ronika's team made the cover of Nature for research that was named as one of the Top Ten Discoveries of 2016 by Archaeology Magazine. In this episode, we chat about Ronika’s very early interest and fascination with ancient Egyptian and other cultural artifacts associated with death. Ronika has a broad and quite amazing research portfolio however, the focus of this episode is Ronika’s multi-disciplinary learning and teaching methods and her creative, innovative and inspired approaches to student assessment. Ronika uses a negotiated, student-centred process that involves different ways of telling stories, communicating with audiences and sharing knowledge. That is, creative approaches to communication, learning, teaching, research and problem solving. Students use digital and other technologies - including video, podcasting, infographics, hypermedia and eportfolios - to create narratives, communicate their research findings and to get into the spirit of solving the wicked problems of the world. Ronika offers insights into the hidden and unexpected value of procrastination, failure and of assessments with zero grade weighting. We also explore the profound value of imagination, joining the dots and making connections between people, disciplines, cultures, ideas, and methodologies when looking for and creating opportunities. Links: https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/persons/ronika-power https://twitter.com/RKP_Industries Our urgent need to do death differently | Ronika Power | TEDxMelbourne https://youtu.be/lA_ntn-icwc https://www.archaeology.org/issues/240-1701/features/5117-kenya-nataruk-early-battle https://www.nature.com/articles/nature16477 http://sirkenrobinson.com/ https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_changing_education_paradigms

Dec 2020

54 min 42 sec

Today my guest is Heather MacDonald, an Education Specialist and Primary School Teacher. Heather has been designing, developing and implementing education programs and strategies for non-profit and other organisations for over 20 years. In this episode we explore a range of global sporting events, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games and how they provide a meaningful, engaging and practical context for learning and community connection. Heather outlines the value of “twenty-first century skills” including problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. She also explains some of the practical adjustments made to her programs in response to the global pandemic and the increasing significance of student-voice in tackling a range of problems: big and small, local and global. Links: https://educationpartnerships.com.au/ https://www.olympics.com.au/resources/community-and-schools/ https://www.paralympic.org.au/

Nov 2020

46 min 30 sec

Today my guest is Astrid Pickup, a Yoga Teacher and President of the International Yoga Teachers Association. In this episode we explore the ancient practice of yoga and its place within contemporary western culture. Astrid reflects on her early enthusiasm for physical activities and outdoor sports such as hockey, cross-country skiing, canyoning and rock climbing, which lead to the physical techniques and practice of yoga. From this perspective, Astrid brings a practical and down-to-earth approach to yoga’s mental, emotional and energetic aspects. We explore Astrid’s experiences in training to be a yoga teacher, including knowledge and practice of the five integrated energy bodies: physical, energetic (or breath), mental, intuitive, and the ultimate, often elusive goal of bliss (that is, realisation: to become one with everything around us). During our conversation, Astrid briefly guides us through a simple technique: Humming Bee breathing, beneficial in calming the nervous system and cutting out mental chatter. Links: http://gaiayoga.com.au/ https://iyta.com.au/

Oct 2020

50 min 3 sec

Today my guest is Associate Professor Kelly Matthews, a teacher and Academic Researcher at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Teaching & Learning Innovation. Kelly asks: Why can’t students be more involved in curriculum and assessment decisions? In this episode we look at Students as Partners, currently a growing practice in higher education that challenges assumptions about the role of students in learning, teaching, and university decision-making. We explore the value of curiosity and asking lots of questions, as well as ideas around student-voice, collaboration, empathy, and reciprocity. Kelly also reflects on the profound impact of Hurricane Katrina on her personal and professional approach. Links: https://twitter.com/kellymatthewsuq https://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/1754 Five Propositions for Genuine Students as Partners Practice https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap/article/view/3315 Conceptions of Students as Partners https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s10734-018-0257-y?author_access_token=UMDvjV7tf9siteUxkJM4Jve4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY4AHWzN5--_WrW385UfVLsqF2gSHeqAJFU_pRuOT75ipVKZsFx_NxrhnM-3-a2AUf82tXMpmOJViHIVXn4pPEG2er35MjoVQLpvMHKHqO06jg%3D%3D Connecting Learning, Teaching, and Research Through Student–Staff Partnerships: Toward Universities as Egalitarian Learning Communities https://books.google.com.au/books?id=E_1QDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=Connecting+learning,+teaching,+and+research+through+student%E2%80%93staff+partnerships:+Toward+universities+as+egalitarian+learning+communities&source=bl&ots=P60lwhkYcG&sig=-qIPu-rux8YU_3ACxhoZhYFQssE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjm8sOdk-jaAhWImpQKHZBbBVcQ6AEIWDAF#v=onepage&q&f=false Writing about Learning and Teaching in Higher Education https://www.centerforengagedlearning.org/books/writing-about-learning/

Oct 2020

50 min 58 sec

Today my guest is Associate Professor Marina Harvey, an Academic Researcher and Director of Academic Development Services at the University of New South Wales. Over the past decade, Marina and her team have researched student reflection and how it is used to support learning and teaching. In this episode we look at the value of higher-order thinking skills, such as reflection, in a rapidly changing world and how reflection might be viewed as being (not only) a cognitive process but also a somatic, or whole of body experience. We explore traditional, cognitive, technical and analytical approaches to reflection, such as writing, and compare some alternatives including those tapping into students’ imagination, creativity and emotion where students are guided to express the inexpressible. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marina_Harvey Reflection for learning: a scholarly practice guide for educators. https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/reflection-learning-scholarly-practice-guide-educators This guide features the intriguing reflection activities Imagine a teacup and Body parts debrief, among many others that are designed specifically for use in the classroom and take 5 minutes or less.

Sep 2020

45 min 41 sec

Today my guest is Dara Sampson, a Social Worker, Teacher and Researcher. Dara uses fiction, and other literature, in her social work teaching. Her creative and innovative “book club” approach, which she used as her form of action research for her PhD encourages and supports a safe and comfortable context for students to develop empathy, critical thinking and interpersonal skills. Dara’s approach, which she has used in her teaching over a six year period also facilitates students’ exploration of potentially complex and challenging social work theories, ideas and issues including ethics, values, grief and loss, social disadvantage, equity, social justice, race and other discrimination, child protection and issues related to gender. With social work theories spontaneously emerging and safely interwoven into collegial conversations, students are then able to place these conceptual and theoretical ideas into a story, into their own experiences of that story and into their application to real life. Links: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/dara-sampson Written on the Body (Jeanette Winterson) http://www.jeanettewinterson.com/book/written-on-the-body/ Levels of Life (Julian Barnes) http://www.julianbarnes.com/books/levels.html Eating Fire (Margaret Atwood) https://www.hachette.com.au/margaret-atwood/eating-fire-selected-poetry-1965-1995 Morning in the Burned House (Margaret Atwood) https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/6110/morning-in-the-burned-house-by-margaret-atwood/9780771008337 One Hundred Years of Dirt (Rick Morton) https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/232429785 Blue Nights (Joan Didion) https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/40773/blue-nights-by-joan-didion/9780307387387/readers-guide/ H is for Hawke (Helen McDonald) https://www.penguin.com.au/books/h-is-for-hawk-9780099575450 Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Max Porter) https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/literary-fiction/Grief-is-the-Thing-with-Feathers-Max-Porter-9780571327232 Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/6125/the-handmaids-tale-by-margaret-atwood/ Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780812550702 A Darker Shade of Magic (V. E. Schwab) https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765376466 Dyschronia (Jennifer Mills) http://www.jenjen.com.au/blog/books-dyschronia Jasper Jones (Craig Silvey) https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/Jasper-Jones-Craig-Silvey-9781760295929

Aug 2020

48 min 13 sec

Today my guest is Paul McKercher, a music Recordist, Producer and Mixer. Paul has worked with many Australian and international artists and has been awarded ARIAs for Producer, and Engineer, of the year. In this episode, Paul shares formative memories of playing guitar and cello, lessons learned whilst working at ABC and radio Triple J and insights into the creative and professional dynamics at play when collaborating with artists in the studio. Paul also reflects on the art and science of recorded music and its capacity to emotionally affect, and resonate with, audiences. Links: https://www.paulmckercher.com/

Jun 2020

50 min 52 sec

Today my guest is Vicki Cornish, a Fibre Artist and teacher from Newcastle, New South Wales. Vicki creates contemporary textiles with ancient tools and techniques. Her craft practice focuses on hand spinning, weaving and stitching using natural fibres and low impact methods of processing and dyeing. Vicki also has a particular interest in historical tools and techniques, including those used by Vikings over a thousand years ago. In this episode we explore Vicki's studies in Visual Arts, Applied Fashion Design and Technology. We also find out more about a range of fibre craft practices and techniques used by Vicki, in her art own art practice, as well as participants in hands-on workshops. Vicki also shares her enthusiasm for the simple, yet profound human benefits of gentle focus and patience associated with the slow craft movement. Links: https://bonsaiwoman.com.au/ https://www.instagram.com/bonsai_woman/ https://www.facebook.com/BonsaiWoman/ Rigid heddle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heddle Using a spindle: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2589539797992000 Nålebinding: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C3%A5lebinding

Apr 2020

44 min 47 sec

Today my guest is Matt Cosgrove, an Australian author and illustrator of children’s books. Some of Matt’s recent work includes the “Macca the Alpaca” series of books, along with other favourites like “Attack of the Giant Robot Zombie Mermaid”, which is part of the “Epic Fail Tales” series. In this episode we explore Matt’s love of art and design and his earliest memories of drawing and illustration. We trace Matt’s pathway through school, study and work as he reflects on a range of creative roles with Australian magazines, including illustrator and designer for K-Zone and Girlfriend leading to his role as Creative Director for fashion magazine Marie Claire. Matt shares his thoughts and opinions on the popularity of children’s books in a digital age, the profound value of reading and his eventual return to his first love: illustration. Links: https://www.mattcosgrovebooks.com/ https://www.instagram.com/matt.cosgrove/ https://www.facebook.com/MattCosgroveBooks https://twitter.com/mrmattcosgrove

Feb 2020

50 min 3 sec

Today my guest is Adam Dunn an Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Informatics at Macquarie University. Adam his team use informatics and social media data in their clinical research related to public health. Informatics - the structure, behaviour and interactions of natural and engineered computational systems - is very much related to the idea of a single butterfly flapping its wings to potentially create a hurricane on the other side of the earth. In this episode we explore complex systems and the sweet spot between chaos and perfect harmony. We look at information avalanches, cryptography and algorithms and what all this means on a practical level: for example, factors that influence how a bushfire travels over the Australian landscape or how human diseases spread throughout a population. Adam discusses modelling patient safety in hospitals and how he and his team aim to improve health behaviours and health literacy. They use large-scale data from news and social media to track anti vaccine sentiment and the correlations with vaccine coverage in a particular geographic region. Adam and I explore how the public takes up both evidence and misinformation and also how marginalised communities might be better represented in public health research with the use of large-scale data. Links: https://adamgdunn.net/

Jan 2020

52 min 11 sec

Today my guest is Amanda Howard, who is an Associate Professor at The University of Sydney’s School of Education and Social Work. Amanda’s teaching and research relates to social work: that is, the social connections and dynamics found when groups of people – communities - come together and do things. We chat about the importance of social work in understanding how human systems and structures work as well as the ideas around inclusion, exclusion and how power with a group is distributed. Amanda outlines a key aspect of her research: assets-based community development, specifically in response to floods, bush fires and other Australian natural disasters. These ideas find a deeper significance when used to make tangible changes in the world, for example in the revision and development of policies and procedures that impact communities. Links: http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/about/staff/profiles/amanda.howard.php https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/152144614?q&sort=holdings+desc&_=1578002177806&versionId=165840960 https://www.routledge.com/Rural-Regional-and-Remote-Social-Work-Practice-Research-from-Australia/Howard-Katrak-Blakemore-Pallas/p/book/9781472454416 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participatory_action_research

Jan 2020

44 min 40 sec

Today my guest is Renee Brack, a screen & media creative and communicator with a passion for eclectic and engaging stories across print, television, film, radio and digital. Renee’s YouTube channel has racked up over 1.3 million views driven by her unique approach to interviews. Renee is a Writer, Producer, Director, Interviewer and Researcher. She’s also a Lecturer and Seminar Moderator working across higher education and corporate. In this episode we explore a wide range of topics, reflecting Renee’s professional experiences and interests: Screenwriting and killer koalas, interviewing technique and the value of a pregnant pause, true crime podcasts and the darker side of the human heart. Renee reflects on her life and career, including her work as a television journalist which resulted in her playing herself in the year 2000 feature film Chopper. We also explore Renee’s resilient, upbeat 'can do' attitude and approach within an ever-changing media landscape. Links: https://www.reneebrack.com/ https://www.youtube.com/user/reneebrack https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0102771/ https://www.sbs.com.au/news/comment-a-reflection-on-the-criminally-inclined https://thenewdaily.com.au/author/renee-brack/

Dec 2019

38 min 50 sec

Today my guest is Jo Anne Rey, a teacher-librarian, author and researcher. Jo is also a Dharug community member; Dharug Country covers the majority of Sydney, Australia. In this episode we explore Jo’s Australian Indigenous identity, her research approach and methodologies and her family storying as woven into Sydney’s Dharug and colonial heritages. Jo’s storying is the basis of her recent doctoral thesis Country Tracking Voices: Dharug women’s perspectives on presences, places and practices, that explores the voices and perspectives of seven Dharug ‘sistas’. This research led to the development of a Macquarie University Indigenous Studies unit which sheds light on the places and practices that characterise the local area and its original inhabitants. In our conversation we explore the profound significance of Goanna Walking across Country, a motif representing the third-cultural way, an approach and process required when walking between Aboriginal and academic presences, places and practices. Jo also shares her thoughts on the importance of sustainable practices in caring for Country, ancestors and the Dharug community. In our time on Country, Jo and I are met by various other-than-human presences in the form of numerous and enthusiastic birds. Jo crystalizes and highlights Dharug custodians’ resilience, renewal and continuity when Country is the colonized, cosmopolitan city of Sydney. Links: Country tracking voices: Dharug women’s perspectives on presences, places and practices: https://www.researchonline.mq.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/mq:70950 Article: Learning and teaching on Dharug country https://www.mq.edu.au/thisweek/2019/07/08/learning-and-teaching-on-dharug-country/#.XUeb66mubjA The Sarsaparilla souvenir https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/25770007?q&versionId=31053593

Sep 2019

53 min 37 sec

Today my guest is Peter Holz, an ARIA-award winning audio mixer, producer and songwriter. Peter has mixed, recorded and written songs for a range of Australian and international artists and performers including The Veronicas, Jessica Mauboy and Delta Goodrem as well as Gang Of Youths, Peking Duk, Vance Joy and many others. In this episode, Peter recounts his strong fascination with music and sounds, early experiments with multi-track recording and his pursuit of the mysterious sparkle of vocal harmonies. Peter outlines his approach to studio work and the dynamics of collaborating with artists in the recording, producing and mixing process. Peter also shares his thoughts on the technology and processes used in previous as well as contemporary music production, the importance of learned skills in creative industries and the simple yet profound value of taking the time to read the software user manual. Links: http://www.peterholz.com/ https://www.facebook.com/peterholzmusic/

Aug 2019

47 min 52 sec

Today my guest is Jeni Thornley, a documentary filmmaker, writer and film valuer. Jeni’s poetic essay documentaries “Island Home Country”, “To the Other Shore”, “Maidens” and collaborative feature “For Love or Money” are landmark films in Australian independent and feminist cinema. Jeni is an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Communication, FASS, University of Technology, Sydney, where she lectured in documentary and completed her doctorate. In this episode we talk about Jeni’s ongoing relationship to film, beginning with her father's cinema exhibition business in 1950's/1960s Tasmania and Victoria, through to her current archival project, “memory=film” based on her super 8 collection, recently acquired and digitized by the National Film and Sound Archive. Jeni also shares her very personal approach to developing this film and the influence of the Japanese death poetry tradition on her process. http://www.jenithornley.com/ http://jenithornleydoco.blogspot.com/ twitter: @jenithornley Facebook: Issues in Documentary https://www.facebook.com/documentaryethics/

Jul 2019

53 min 43 sec

Today my guest is Les Kirkup. Les is an Adjunct Professor in Science at the University of Technology, Sydney and an Honorary Professor in the School of Physics at Sydney University. In this episode, Les and I speak about his active contributions to learning, teaching and research in higher education and his long-term commitment and enthusiasm for a student-centred approach to science and engineering. Les is a recipient of the Australian Institute of Physics medal for his work in undergraduate science education and has been awarded two national fellowships for his work in university teaching and learning. Les is also the author of Experimental Methods, a textbook – now in its second edition - devoted to assisting students in the physical sciences and engineering with matters relating to laboratory work including measurement uncertainties, use of spread sheets and communicating findings to a broader audience. Here’s my conversation with Les Kirkup. https://www.uts.edu.au/staff/les.kirkup http://www.iolinscience.com.au/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Experimental-Methods-Introduction-Analysis-Presentation/dp/0471335797

Apr 2019

46 min 19 sec

Unexpected and profound insights from smart people you’d like to meet. Today my guest is Grace Kingston a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist. Thematically Grace looks at notions of connectedness, intimacy, identity and how they manifest themselves in our every day lives and the spaces and environments we occupy. These works often manifest themselves as installation, sculpture, textile and photography work, or some combination of those mediums. Grace has exhibited New York, Finland and Germany. In Australia, Grace has had works in various exhibitions including the Blake Prize for Religious Art. In some of her art making, Grace explores the experience of the natural environment and how this might be transported and reimagined within more artificial and constructed environments such as those mediated by technology and social media. Due to the visual nature of Grace’s artworks, you might like to check out some images whilst listening to this episode. Grace’s website is http://gracekingston.com/ where you can find images of many of the artworks that are discussed, as well as a link to her instagram account. Here’s my conversation with Grace Kingston. Links: Here you are: http://gracekingston.com/portfolio/here-you-are-archive-space/ Finnish Mossy works: http://gracekingston.com/portfolio/deep-solitude-archive-space/ Clovelly Mossy works: http://gracekingston.com/portfolio/20-09-17-home-735-gallery/ Casula Powerhouse Fashion Co-lab: http://gracekingston.com/portfolio/ae-x-gk-orange-moss-casula-powerhouse-arts-centre/

Mar 2019

53 min 57 sec

Unexpected and profound insights from smart people you’d like to meet. Today my guest is Michelle Arrow, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University in Sydney’s north. Michelle is also co-editor of the Australian Historical Association’s journal History Australia. In this episode, Michelle and I speak about her early enthusiasm for modern Australian history and research interests related to popular culture. We also talk about her research and her new book The Seventies: the personal, the political and the making of modern Australia, which explores the enormous social changes that shaped modern Australia’s identity. We talk about the Royal Commission into Human Relationships and it’s significant role as primary evidence for Australian’s shifting attitudes towards a whole range of hot topics: equality and women’s voices, family, sexuality, abortion and interpersonal relations. Our conversation turns to the 1970s television show Number 96 and it’s significant role in reflecting Australia’s sexual revolution. Links to some of Michelle’s research papers and articles are provided in the show notes. Here’s my conversation with Associate Professor Michelle Arrow. Links: https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/persons/michelle-arrow https://www.theaha.org.au/ https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/8926430 https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/seventies/ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068114/ https://twitter.com/michellearrow1

Feb 2019

54 min 10 sec

Unexpected and profound insights from smart people you’d like to meet. Today my guest is Jennifer Byrne, who is Professor of Molecular Oncology at the University of Sydney and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, in Sydney’s west. In this episode, Jennifer and I speak about her role at the Children’s Cancer Research unit, her current research interests and her scientific career. In her research, Jennifer analyses childhood and adult cancers at a molecular level, which involves working collaboratively with other researchers. In 2017 Professor Byrne was named in the international journal Nature’s top 10 "people who mattered" for her work in identifying research papers that could mislead researchers working on cancer treatments. Links to some of Professor Byrne’s research papers and articles are provided in the show notes. Here’s my conversation with Professor Jennifer Byrne. Links: http://www.kidsresearch.org.au/research/children%E2%80%99s-cancer-research-unit/molecular-oncology https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11192-016-2209-6 https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/sydney-cancer-scientist-jennifer-byrne-named-as-one-of-10-people-who-matter-in-science-by-nature-20171219-h075ma.html http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/jennifer.byrne.php https://elifesciences.org/articles/31083 Twitter https://twitter.com/jabyrnesci?lang=en

Feb 2019

49 min 57 sec

Unexpected and profound insights from smart people you’d like to meet. Today my guest is Amber Boardman, an artist from Bushwick South, a studio space in Sydney’s northern beaches. In this episode, Amber and I speak about her creative obsessions, art making practices and some recent exhibitions, including The Art Gallery of NSW’s Archibald Prize. In her art making, Amber invents alter ego characters, explores the ideology of the American Dream and the endless desire to transform and improve the body as promoted by Internet and social media culture. Due to the visual nature of Amber’s artworks, you might like to check out some images whilst listening to this episode. Amber’s website is https://www.amberboardman.com/ where you can find images of many of the paintings that are discussed, as well as a link to her instagram account. Here’s my conversation with Amber Boardman.

Feb 2019

51 min 15 sec

Unexpected and profound insights from smart people you’d like to meet. Mark Parry has a perspective, but as a conduit, he wants you to hear the perspectives of others. Mark’s longstanding commitment to learning, teaching and communication gets more engaging than ever as he chats with a broad and diverse range of intelligent, friendly and interesting people—artists, researchers, scientists, psychologists, film makers—who are thinking up new ideas and then getting on with making a big or small impact on the world. Mark takes time to listen to their perspectives, and so can you. If you ever wanted to know what the shattered ideology of the American dream looks like as a self-aware oil painting on instagram or how reflection and creative thought helps a scientific researcher in pursuit of a cancer cure or what melodramatic sex on 70s Australian television tells us about the politics of our society, then look no further. The goal: to get big, complex, challenging, important and contemporary ideas out to listeners that never knew they were interested. This is Perspectives in Parryville. Music by Oly Marlan www.olymarlan.com/ I’m Mark Parry and you’re listening to Perspectives in Parryville, a podcast mostly about people and ideas, especially in this rapidly changing world. Along the way we’ll explore design, creativity, media, research, art, culture, science, psychology, technology, learning and teaching. Of course, there may be others: these will emerge. Perspectives in Parryville is all about simple conversations, with practical - and hopefully - intriguing, unexpected and profound insights. At the heart of this podcast are perspectives and stories, people and ideas, as told by one particular person. So, welcome. Please join me as we listen.

Feb 2019

1 min