The Design of Writing: 29 Observations

In April, 2014 my essay on multimodal writing  (with co-author Alex Munt) was published in John Pott’s edited collection  for Palgrave Pivot The Future of Writing.   The book, which comes out of a symposium on this topic held at Macquarie University with the support of the Copyright Agency,  features essays by John, Peter Doyle, Catharine Lumby, Richard Nash, Nigel Krauth and others.

Charlot 100 Cineteca di Bologna

In June, I participated in the Charlot 100 conference/festival at Cineteca di Bologna which celebrated one hundred years of Chaplin’s iconic character The Tramp. It was an inspiring event with a wealth of screenings, speakers and talks. The picture above shows the audience entering into the spirit of Chaplinitis at a special open screening of KID AUTO RACES AT VENICE (USA/1914), A NIGHT AT THE SHOW (USA/1915),THE IMMIGRANT (USA/1917) SHOULDER ARMS (USA/1918). The films were accompanied by the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by Timothy Brock. I’m up the front somewhere… Other highlights included a launch of David Robinson’s wonderful new book which tells the story of Chaplin’s novella Footlights, a prequel to the film Limelight.

I screened my film The Boot Cake about another birthday party for Chaplin, held by the Charlie Circle in Adipur, India. And presented some of my research on Chaplin imitators around the globe.