John Bartlett

Words from the Surf Coast ArtsTrail 2017

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Words from the Surf Coast ArtsTrail 2017

On August 31st I was invited to be one of the participants in the inaugural ‘Words from the Surf Coast Arts Trail’ where writers were asked to respond to one of the works of art on show over the weekend of August 12 and 13. I chose a work by artist Kylie Prothero of  Black Lab Art, Torquay  entitled In the Steps of Eugenio, a reflection of my time in Mindanao in the Southern Philippines in the 1970s.     In the Steps of Eugen 1.A man walks down a path, a disappearing sort of path, maybe a path going nowhere,...

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Migration, Refugees and Hope

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Migration, Refugees and Hope

On May 13th I facilitated an event at the 2017 Queenscliffe Literary Festival for a session entitled ‘Migration, Refugees and Hope.’ Writers Mariam Issa  and Alec Patric  discussed issues including migration, multiculturalism (and its threats), the power of storytelling and some unexpected insights into the possibilities of a world which we increasingly find extremely threatening and complicated....

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Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival- Geelong

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Word for Word Non-Fiction Festival- Geelong

  Behind the Headlines: The Refugee Experience  Sohila Zanjani (Scattered Pearls), Abdi Aden (Shining: The Story of a Lucky Man) and Adele Dumont (No Man is an Island) will share their unique individual perspectives as seekers of asylum and detention centre workers respectively, and give an insight into both sides of the refugee experience. Facilitated by John Bartlett...

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Author visits home town

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Author visits home town

For me here are the landscapes of my childhood – the Murray, the Coorong, the coastline of Port Elliot and VictorHarbour, the Adelaide Hills and the city itself. Directly and indirectly they are part of my writing. Murray Bridge is a huge part of my family’s story.  http://www.murrayvalleystandard.com.au/story/3833842/author-visits-home-town/— On April 14th I was invited to present an event at the library in Murray Bridge, South Australia, the country town in which I grew up. here is the audio of that event....

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Probus meeting in Portarlington in Victoria

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Probus meeting in Portarlington in Victoria

On February 17th I was invited to speak at a Probus meeting in Portarlington in Victoria and chose as my theme: ‘Where do writers come from?’ I sketched the story of my life and how it had fed into my writing, particularly how my family stories had seeped into the writing of ‘Estuary’...

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Estuary TV Development

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Estuary TV Development

Estuary is set in the breathtakingly beautiful landscape of the Coorong, where the mighty Murray River collides with the great Southern ocean, a truly mystical yet unsettling backdrop for long-buried stories. Estuary is a story of the complex relationships being played out in Australia today. Estuary ‘is a story that confronts, teases and eventually shows us a new way of being together in a landscape bruised and scarred by time. Estuary is a story told with heart and a true sense of tenderness.’(Author Tony Birch) TV Development...

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Love Winter in Aireys

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Love Winter in Aireys

On June 14th I joined a group of local writers to take part in the ‘Love Winter in Aireys’ festival down the Great Ocean Road in Aireys inlet. Poets and prose writers read from their work in a session called ‘Under the Influence of Words.’ —————————————————————————————————————————— PlayStop X...

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Geelong After Dark

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Geelong After Dark

On May 8th I took part in the 2015 Geelong After Dark at the Geelong Gallery, which consisted of readings by writers and poets inspired by works of art from the Geelong Gallery. They were Geraldine Moyle, Steve Singline, David McCooey and Jo Langdon.   Telling tales- Geelong Gallery (21 March 2015 to 10 May 2015 ) While narrative painting reached the height of its popularity in Britain in the Victorian era—with large-scale compositions illustrating stories from the bible, from classical mythology, as well as scenes from daily life—visual...

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James Lee Bourke Rewrites the Bible

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James Lee Bourke Rewrites the Bible

In December 2012 I presented a paper to a Crime Fiction Conference at Wollongong University on the Robicheaux novels of James Lee Burke called ‘James Lee Burke Rewrites the Bible.’ “Towards the end of Creole Belle, James Lee Burke’s most recent Dave Robichaeaux novel, is a passage that epitomises the Cajun detective’s longing for redemption, an innate yearning to be released from the burden of the Fall from grace that haunts Burke’s crime fiction. Robicheaux listens to falling rain and pines for a sort of biblical Noah’s Flood to wash...

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Beyond A Distant Sea – TV Series

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Beyond A Distant Sea – TV Series

The Back Story to the TV series concerns Paul, a young Australian priest who arrives in the Philippines, in 1971, as Martial Law is proclaimed by President Marcos. His idealism exposes him to first-hand experiences of violence and corruption, to injustices, and above all to the heroism of Filipinos during this extraordinary period of Philippine history. And, in his personal life, Paul has to confront the loneliness of the celibate foreign cleric, living alone in the tropical fecundity of Mindanao….The story for the series starts 35...

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