Thursday Keynote

I am a part of all that I have met (Tennyson)
John Marsden

Consciously and unconsciously we are forever absorbing, processing, reacting, as a result of encounters in our lives. As we do,  we re-shape ourselves and our perspectives on other living creatures, situations, landscapes, events. Our opinions, thoughts, feelings and beliefs evolve, as, simultaneously, do our personalities.
This should amount to what we could call a healthy life, but sometimes toxic influences divert us into cul-de-sacs or worse.
There are powerful ways in which we can suggest to people of all ages, including our students and ourselves, understandings and practices which make for greater insight, sharper clarification. The title of Henry Handel Richardson's 1910 novel, The Getting of Wisdom, carries an epigraph from the Bible: 'Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.'
In his presentation, John will be suggesting to the audience ways in which people can be helped to gain understanding, which in turn should help in 'the getting of wisdom'. John will be talking about the power of language, the value of experiences (which then become stories), and the ways in which status and power affect us. All of these topics have immediate application to schools – affecting both teachers and students.
About John
John Marsden has written more than 40 books, mostly for teenagers and children, including Tomorrow When the War Began, So Much to Tell You, and Letters from the Inside.  He has sold over five million books worldwide,  and has won every major award in Australia for young people's fiction.
South of Darkness, written for adults, won the Christina Stead Award for Best Novel of 2015. In August 2019, John’s newest book, The Art of Growing Up, a non-fiction work about education and parenting, was published.
 John's passionate interest in education led him to start two schools, Candlebark, on a vast forested estate near Romsey Victoria, and Alice Miller, at Macedon, a Year 7-12 school with a particular emphasis on the creative arts. The two schools enrol 390 students in 2020.