INNOVATION IN TEACHING NOMINEES FOR 2019 TEACHX AWARDS AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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The 2019 TEACHX Awards are to be held on the 23rd of October and will recognise some of the most outstanding teachers working in the profession across Queensland. The event is run by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) who have received over 200 nominations across six categories.

In the lead up to the event, the media arm of QCT is publishing pieces on all the nominees and I have been most fortunate to be placed on secondment in their area to write some of these.

I previously posted about the first category of nominees to be published on the QCT website – the 15 nominees for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award.

The next category published was the Innovation in Teaching Award of which there are 23 nominees, 12 of which I wrote the pieces for. They are as follows: Adam Juang, Amanda Kelk (waiting on), Catherine Wilson, Elizabeth Wilson, Helen Spanos, Jacinda Kontoleon, Kiri Pearce, Nicole ChristianPenelope Couch, Rebecca Goodes, Theo Skordilis and Wendy Goldston.

The event is a huge undertaking requiring strong project management to prepare for the event and have it run smoothly on the night. Like all things done by this team, it is done to recognise some of the great work that teachers are doing and to help elevate the profession. Being called upon to write full time, pieces that support these aims is a dream come true for me.

The people I’m working with are experienced, talented and extremely hard working and I’m doing my best to learn as much as possible from them. Case in point is the design work you see above which was done by one of my colleagues for the event.

Feel free to check them out and comment on what you liked. All 23 have made an extraordinary contribution to bettering the education of students.

-Lloyd Marken

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INTERVIEW WITH COMEDIAN SAM SIMMONS AVAILABLE ON SCENESTR

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The first time I came across Sam Simmons was late at night on the ABC where he had a running segment on a panel show called Dirty Laundry Live. The show covered entertainment news and satirically took on gossip media. Simmons was their LA correspondent in search of meeting actor Richard Dreyfuss amongst other things. It didn’t really matter because you never really knew what to expect from Simmons and that was part of his charm.

I enjoy his surreal comedy Sam Simmons and he is about to do his latest show 26 Things You’ve Been Doing Wrong with San Simmons at the Brisbane Festival which is already running in my fair city.

I was lucky enough to speak to Sam twice working for the great Scenestr magazine and as always the finished piece doesn’t reflect all we discussed but hopefully gets across a little bit about what makes him and his comedy so great. I have also tried to grow a little bit as a writer with this piece building on my recent secondment writing full time at the Queensland College of Teachers.

Let me know what you think, you can read the interview here http://scenestr.com.au/comedy/comedian-sam-simmons-is-doing-something-right-with-his-new-show-20190903

Produced by Eyeball Media Enterprises Scenestr. is an online national magazine with local offices around Australia. Having started in 1993 they’ve excelled at moving into the digital realm but they remain at heart from the streets.

They still publish magazines in print for Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland every month.

-Lloyd Marken

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TEACHING NOMINEES FOR 2019 TEACHX AWARDS AVAILABLE AT QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF TEACHERS

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You may have noticed I have been a little quiet in the blogosphere recently.

I was lucky enough to be offered a secondment at my day job working in the media arm of the organisation. They are preparing for the TEACHX Awards to be held on the 23rd of October where awards are handed out by the Queensland College of Teachers to teachers across the state.

There has been a restructure to the awards this year and a larger number of nominees across six categories. Building upon my work for them interviewing and writing about four teachers previously I was seconded to take nomination forms and write profile pieces.

I am not doing this alone, others from across the organisation are involved in writing and editing but the expectation is for me to make a substantial impact in pumping out a large number of pieces and I hope I am successful.

The event is a huge undertaking requiring strong project management to prepare for and have the event on the night run smoothly. Like all things done by this team, it is done to recognise some of the great work that teachers are doing in Queensland and to elevate the profession. Being called upon to write full time, pieces that support these aims is a dream come true for me.

The people I’m working with are experienced, talented and extremely hard working and I’m doing my best to learn as much as possible from them. Case in point is the design work you see above which was done by one of my colleagues for the event.

The nominees for the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching category are now available on the QCT website. This first category features 15 nominees and I wrote 10 of the published pieces on Cajetan Goves, Catherine Heiner, Jan Voges, Jean Childs, Kirsti Ellerton, Leann Hansen, Lena Saunders, Neal Thomas, Dr Ragnar Purje and Tracey Noe.

Feel free to check them out and comment on what you liked. All 15 have made an extraordinary contribution to the profession over the years. It is a category I have a bit of soft spot for as it recognises often lifelong commitments to bettering the education of children and I think a person’s working life should have weight and be recognised.

-Lloyd Marken

‘FAST AND FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW’ REVIEW AVAILABLE ON SCENESTR

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As they say in the classics, that’s quite a mouthful of a title and Hobbs & Shaw is quite a lot of movie to chew on. Last week I was fortunate enough to be on assignment with Scenestr magazine to attend a preview screening of the spin-off in the Brisbane CBD at the top of the Myer Centre.

I couldn’t help but note that the first film I was assigned to review for Scenestr was Fate of the Furious after I submitted to them Hidden Figures and Logan which were both published. That was 2017 and here we are now, two short years later doing it all over again, a fact for which I am very grateful.

Hobbs & Shaw delighted with some high paced comedic exchanges and cameos I won’t spoil here. While the runtime could’ve been trimmed and some of the action became too over the top I still really enjoyed the film and look forward to potential further entries. You can read more of my thoughts here http://scenestr.com.au/movies-and-tv/fast-furious-presents-hobbs-shaw-review-20190801

Produced by Eyeball Media Enterprises Scenestr is an online national magazine with local offices around Australia. Having started in 1993 they’ve excelled at moving into the digital realm but they remain at heart from the streets. They still publish magazines in print for Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland every month.

-Lloyd Marken

REVIEW OF GHOSTS BY HENRIK IBSEN REVIEW AVAILABLE ON WEEKEND NOTES

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The shows put on by independent theatre company The Curators won’t be for everyone but I think they may have made their most interesting production yet. I was on assignment last Saturday for Weekend Notes to review Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Michael Beh at the St Barnabas Parish in Red Hill. I certainly feel very fortunate to have seen the latest show from The Curators after covering their first production Uncle Vanya in 2017 and The Third Beauty in 2018 for Scenestr magazine. I also got to interview co-founder, director and designer Michael Beh ahead of the Uncle Vanya run.

You can read my review here https://www.weekendnotes.com/ghosts-henrik-ibsen-the-curators/

Weekend Notes are a growing online magazine with a wealth of contributors based out of several cities across the United Kingdom, Australia and New York. Articles are leisure related and can include a wide variety of subjects from rainforest hikes to cultural festivals, from what hot new play is on at your underground theatre to a ultra trendy eatery. Writers are paid for their work based partly on how many views their articles get so please feel free to stop by and show some love.

-Lloyd Marken

REVIEW OF HIGH FIDELITY AVAILABLE ON WEEKEND NOTES

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Long term readers may recall one of my first gigs for Scenestr magazine was reviewing a performance of the classic Australian play Cosi by the Beenleigh Theatre Group in 2017. This was followed by reviewing Anything Goes and Lord of the Flies and interviewing the latter’s director Bradley Chapman. Sadly I haven’t been to back to Beenleigh for a while, but over the weekend a last chance opportunity came up to attend High Fidelity on assignment with Weekend Notes.

We saw a Sunday afternoon performance which was in contrast to earlier Friday night attendance but I was pleased to see the cast give it their all and the audience really enjoy themselves. I do have some criticisms about the musical which had a brief run on Broadway but has found a second life in community theatre groups of the world.

I have not read the beloved book by Nick Hornby which spoke to a whole generation and still remains a classic. My best mate Mike recommended the film adaptation from 2000 as one of the year’s best starring John Cusack. I was pretty excited about this since his recommendation for the previous year was the excellent American History X. I am sad to report I was not as impressed but it may be time for a re-look. For me in a lot of ways the musical made certain improvements over the film and I was very charmed by the cast and the spirit of the piece.

You can read my review here https://www.weekendnotes.com/high-fidelity-beenleigh-theatre-group/

Weekend Notes are a growing online magazine with a wealth of contributors based out of several cities across the United Kingdom, Australia and New York. Articles are leisure related and can include a wide variety of subjects from rainforest hikes to cultural festivals, from what hot new play is on at your underground theatre to a ultra trendy eatery. Writers are paid for their work based partly on how many views their articles get so please feel free to stop by and show some love.

-Lloyd Marken

GIANTESS REVIEW AVAILABLE ON SCENESTR

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I was back at MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture last week to see Giantess on Thursday night at the Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse on assignment for Scenestr. Written and performed by transgender stand-up Cassie Workman, it has won numerous awards since its debut. Following Trade by Impromafia, a show I deeply enjoyed and felt privileged to attend, this was a quieter performance that proved touching with its message and the demure but steely presence of Cassie herself. What a wonderful thing it is live in a city where such a festival provides an outlet for artists and attraction for audiences.

You can read my review here http://scenestr.com.au/comedy/cassie-workman-giantess-brisbane-review-melt-festival-20190709

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We took in our surroundings a bit more with the ice-block float hanging from the ceiling as part of the MELT festivities at the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse. We also grabbed the beloved bar snack menu pizzas – pepperoni for me and tomato and basil (margherita according to others) for Karen. While enjoying our pizzas outside on the balcony our possum came by to see if we’d let some scraps come our way. Unfortunately nobody told him/her how seriously Karen and I take our pizza eating.

Produced by Eyeball Media Enterprises Scenestr is an online national magazine with local offices around Australia. Having started in 1993 they’ve excelled at moving into the digital realm but they remain at heart from the streets. They still publish magazines in print for Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland every month.

-Lloyd Marken