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Book launches make positive national and international contributions

Thursday, 04 August 2011

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Three new books were launched at the Mount Lawley Campus on Wednesday, 3 August.

The books are entitled:The World Swimmers, by prize-winning author Patrick West; A Show of Colours: Poems of the Yilgarn by internationally known poet and Mount Lawley resident Glen Phillips; and Footsteps Along the Mekong,a memoir and travel work by Adjunct Professor and Charles Darwin expert Patrick Armstrong.

Additionally, Glen Phillips launched facsimile copies of Intersections, his first poetry collection, a hand-made lithographic collaboration with five artists back in 1973.

Emeritus Professor Andrew Taylor, himself one of Australia’s best-known poets, returned from Europe to launch The World Swimmers, the collection of short stories by Dr Patrick West, who spent several years at ECU as a Post Doctoral Fellow.

Professor Armstrong conceived the idea for his book Footsteps Along the Mekong,a memoir and travel work, from an account left by his late father who had made a journey along the Mekong river before World War Two, when he was a resident of Hong Kong. The Professor retraced his father’s footsteps recently and combined the new and old accounts of this travel story into this latest publication of the International Centre for Landscape and Language (ICLL) at the Mount Lawley Campus. This book was launched by author and geographer Dr Hugo Bekle.

A Show of Colours is Glen Phillips’ eleventh book of poetry and has a special significance because it deals with the landscapes of the Yilgarn, it also celebrates his birthplace of Southern Cross. Dr West launched A Show of Colours. Some years back, ECU was commissioned by the Shire of Yilgarn to write its district history under the title of Yilgarn: Good Country for Hardy People. Some of Glen’s Southern Cross poems were included in that book.

The Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications (CREATEC) within the Faculty of Education and Arts at ECU has encouraged a series of such books which have been published over the last four years by the ICLL.

Professor Clive Barstow, Head of the Faculty’s School of Communication and Arts, said he is pleased to see that creative research efforts of university staff in the humanities areas are making a positive contribution at national and international levels.

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