To coincide with World Poetry Day on 21 March, the University of Sydney has named renowned Australian poet, author and teacher Mark Tredinnick as its School of Education and Social Work 2018 Writer-in-Residence.
Winner of the Montreal International Poetry Prize in 2011 and the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 2012, Mark Tredinnick’s work has been applauded by critics both locally and overseas.
Trendinnick’s appointment as Writer-in-Residence will provide a unique opportunity for current university education students to engage with an actively practising writer as part of their Sydney School of Education and Social Work degree. In turn, it is hoped that the future young teachers will go on to inspire their own students to write creatively.
"It is great to see our education students encountering the creative literary arts through this long-standing writers-in-residence program," said Professor Annamarie Jagose, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Mark Tredinnick is one of our great poets of place - not just of geographic place, but of the spiritual and moral landscapes as well.
"To have a prize-winning poet such as Mark Tredinnick engage with our students in the course of their formal training while continuing to advance his own practice is thrilling," Professor Jagose said.
Drawing on his time within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work and his broader university experiences, Mark Tredinnick will produce a piece inspired by the residency, and take part in events and masterclasses to promote the importance of teaching and learning creatively.
"We are excited that celebrated poet Mark Tredinnick has agreed to be our Writer-in-Residence as part of this program," said Professor Robyn Ewing AM, Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts.
"The Artist-in-Residence program has been an enormously successful feature of our Education and Social Work calendar since 2011. It provides a nurturing space for our creativities and carves out some time to foster our social and emotional well-being."
"Mark excels in creating rich and beautiful poetry that speaks deeply to our place in the world - not just physically but emotionally, even spiritually. His time in the School will benefit University staff, students and alumni, and our community more broadly."
The residency will be officially launched with a Sydney Ideas keynote event on Tuesday 15 May and has been generously supported by the not-for-profit organisation The Copyright Agency.
The Copyright Agency is a not-for-profit rights management organisation that ensures artists, writers and publishers are fairly rewarded for the reproduction of their work. The agency’s Cultural Fund provides grants to creative individuals and organisations for a diverse range of projects which aim to enrich Australian cultural life.
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