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CREATEC book launch

Friday, 05 October 2012


CREATEC, Fremantle Press, the International Centre for Landscape and Language, and the ECU Shop at Mount Lawley invite you to a ‘mega-launch’ of four environmentally focused books by ECU staff members. The book launch will take place at 6.30pm, Thursday 8 November 2012 at the ECU Shop.

The launch will begin with Two with Nature: Ellen Hickman & John Ryan (Fremantle Press, 2012). Fusing art and science, words and images, Two with Nature stimulates new ways of knowing the green world. Ellen Hickman is an illustrator and botanical scientist who captures the natural world in layers of fine detail and colour. John Ryan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Communications and Arts at ECU and a writer whose botanical poetry explores what he calls the inherently mysterious nature of the plant world. Two with Nature will be launched by botanical artist Phillipa Nikulinsky and Emeritus Professor Andrew Taylor.

Six Seasons (ICLL Press, 2012) by Professor Glen Phillips to be launched by Professor Dennis Haskell. The book’s title refers to the traditional six seasons in Nyungar culture and the 28 poems are arranged according to these seasons by its editor and translator (into Mandarin), Han Zhulin. This bilingual edition was completed with the help of Han’s translation class at Mudanjiang Normal University in North China and the book is a cooperative venture between that university and Edith Cowan University. The pen and ink sketches of Glen’s were selected by editor Han. Glen’s new and selected poems here include many from his PhD in Creative Writing: Land Whisperings and a Poetics of Birthplace and Newplace (2006). He has published some 15 collections of poetry and is well known in Australia and overseas.

The Woman River (ICLL Press, 2012) by Professor Glen Phillips to be launched by Professor Dennis Haskell. As the subtitle of this book explains, it is a chapbook, being traditionally an interim publication, often prelude to a larger work. The Woman River is this kind of ‘work in progress’ for a more extensive bilingual book translated into Mandarin by Ms Du Hongbo. Du and Glen began work on this yet-to-be-completed book in 2011 but decided to publish the Chapbook for delegates to the 13th Chinese Conference on Australian Studies at Xihua University in Chengdu last July. Du Hongbo also designed the book to incorporate her photographs. She teaches at Sichuan University.

Green Sense (TrueHeart Academic, 2012) by John Ryan is an interdisciplinary study of human sensory relationships to wild plants. The book develops the notion of ‘botanical aesthetics’ through a study of the South-West of Western Australia—a biodiversity 'hotspot' of international standing. Green Sense describes the interplay between visual aesthetics, sensory entanglements and scientific knowledges towards greater cultural appreciation of South-West plants. The book will be launched by Professor Glenn Albrecht.

Please RSVP by Thursday, 5 November 2012 to createc.conferences@ecu.edu.au

Launch details

Date: Thursday, 8 November 2012
Time: 6.30pm
Location: The ECU Shop
Mount Lawley Campus Library
2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley WA 6050

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