Aspiration and strength can be the key to success, but with it comes the fragility and vulnerability involved with putting everything on the line to pursue a dream. This Way Up is about people who have found their own way to the top, about people who have braved new ground and found ways through that are a little bit different, and often against the odds. The explosion of new technology will propel us all down roads less travelled, learning in ways we haven’t even realised are possible and planning for jobs that don’t even exist yet. There’s no right way up; there’s just THIS WAY UP.
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Tim FergusonAs Australia’s foremost academic teacher of narrative comedy who came to notoriety as part of the Doug Anthony Allstars comedy trio, Tim explains why the writing establishment erroneously regards comedy as an inferior craft to drama and tragedy. (Not a single Miles Franklin Awards has gone to a comedy.) Ferguson claims our modern literature and screenwriting is ‘lost in a miasma of misery-porn’. Most Australian writers are ignorant of the fundamental demands of the writing craft, a deficit that renders them unread, unappreciated and broke. Combining Ancient Greece, Western culture and Australia’s recent history he explains the entrenched imbalance between these two and how narrative comedy is the world’s highest and lowest writing form.
Jude ReggettJude Reggett advises in the area of workforce development and is currently practicing as a clinical psychotherapist as well as being accredited in Change Management and Team Management Profiling. She has had 15 years’ experience with Northern Sydney Institute, with eight of those years working in Senior Educational Roles. Jude currently lives in Sydney and has travelled extensively throughout Asia and Europe.
Prof John PeggJohn Pegg is Professor and foundation Director of the SiMERR National Research Centre at the University of New England, Armidale. He is known for his contribution to theory-based cognition research in assessment, and his ongoing work in and commitment to improving the learning outcomes of learners in rural and regional Australia. He has been involved in many recent large-scale projects linked to: state-wide diagnostic testing programs in science, developmental-based assessment and instruction, the validation of the Australian Professional Teaching Standards, the ÆSOP study investigating faculties achieving outstanding student-learning outcomes, and national and international research into teacher career stages and quality teacher assessor training. He has strong links with schools, professional teaching associations, and educational authorities in Australia and overseas, being used as a research consultant in improving teaching practice in schools, professional development of teachers and syllabus development.
Dr Fiona ChatteurDr Fiona Chatteur (nee Kerr) hails from a far away valley called Tidbinbilla. A place known for kangaroos, emus and a deep space tracking station. An unrepentant renaissance woman, she specializes in all things visual: 3D modelling and animation, graphic design, VJing, games design, video editing, visualisation, web production, user interface design and particularly e-learning. She is currently teaching digital media and games artistry. She had a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing, a Masters of Design Science (hons) and has a PhD in Design for Pedagogy Patterns for E-learning. A member of a Logie and Walkley award winning team for TV Journalism (1991), she changed careers and has since won the Royal Television Society Educational Television Awards Lifelong Learning and Multimedia Award (UK 2005) and Grand Prix Japan The Maeda Prize (2004) as well as being the producer of a record breaking website for the BBC (2002). With 8 published video games to her name, 6 years of international e-learning production, 5 years of teaching and 12 years of TV production, in 2012 she added a PhD in the design of e-learning to her international multi-award winning profile.
Philip PorterPhilip Porter is a poet from Willoughby in NSW with a long held passion for learning and sharing knowledge. He has been a writer his whole life but only started studying poetry four years ago and is now completing a MA in creative writing at Sydney University. He has been published in Eucalypt (Australia), Blue Collar Review (USA) and the online Zen magazine, TheZenSite. Recently his poem, Cathusian Silence was put to music by composer Owen Salome and performed as part of Chronology Arts’ Lyrebird project. As a follow up to his stint as ‘poet in residence’ under the aegis of Australian Poetry, Philip organises a community poetry project in a Sydney cafe featuring established and up and coming poets.
Claire HooperAfter spending most of her early twenties longing to be taken seriously, Perth-born Claire finally discovered stand up comedy in 2003 and a career was born. She was team leader from 2008-2011 on Good News Week, as well as appearing on shows such as The Sideshow (ABCTV), The Great Debate (10) and 7 Days (NZ’s TV3). She has also written and performed seven full-length comedy shows and is a regular on stand up stages around Australia. And for your reading pleasure, some of the other credits that rarely make it into her bio: several years spent working as a theatre costumer, qualifications in garden design and a Westpac Maths Prize in 1993. She is also active in supporting a number of charities, including international anti-poverty organization Actionaid and Melbourne’s The Lost Dogs Home. Finally, she is thrilled to announce that she is not on Facebook or Twitter, although can’t guarantee she can hold out forever. (Ed's note: Claire can now be found on Twitter at @HooperFables)
Carrie HardieProject Organiser
Kate RobertsPresenter Curator and Liaison
David BartoloPresenter Curator and Liaison
Karl KingPartner Lead
Claire AllwoodPresenter Curator and Liaison, and Promotions
Tim MadinPublicity and Promotions Lead
Margaret DixAttendee and Volunteer Liaison
Patricia O'DonovanStudent Liaison and Stage Design