My blog post ‘Writing a PhD in your second language: 7 reasons you’re doing great and 5 ways to do even better’ (originally published on Research Degree Voodoo), was republished on the LSE Impact blog.
For those PhD students for whom English is not their first language, writing a thesis can be a daunting task and a source of some anxiety too. Katherine Firth has worked with many of these students and as well as offering reasons why they should feel reassured, also provides a short list of simple pointers to help improve their skills. Identify your common errors, practice regularly, and don’t become preoccupied with “sounding academic”!
Read the full blog.
A new anthem was commissioned for the century anniversary of the Horsfall Chapel at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne, ‘Sunlight Touches the Roses (Horsfall)’ with words by Katherine Firth and music by Peter Campbell. The anthem was directed by Chris Watson and sung by the Choir of Trinity College, one of the premiere sacred music ensembles in Australia.
The first performance was on Friday 6 October 2017 at a service for Founders and Benefactors of the College, and a second performance on Saturday 25 November for the anniversary of the consecration of the chapel.
The words and music draw from the present setting of the building, its history as the chapel of Trinity College and Janet Clarke Hall (in 1917 Trinity College and Trinity Women’s Hostel), from the prayers and hymns in the opening services of the new chapel, and ends with a doxology of hope for the future.
Read more about the chapel and the chapel choir.
Peter Campbell and my first every collaboration, ‘In Advent Heat’, will be performed at three concerts in Melbourne and Bendigo. (This makes 6 performances of 3 seperate works in the space of a fortnight!)
Join Melbourne chamber choir Polyphonic Voices and kick off the festive season with Deck the Halls, a distinctly Australian-flavoured concert of Christmas music featuring celebrated local composers alongside more traditional Christmas carols and everything in between. Guests will be treated to suitably themed drinks and nibbles ahead of a performance that will feature unaccompanied choral music from the past 500 years, from countries such as Argentina, Finland, Germany, France, the USA, UK and Sweden. Interwoven throughout will be arrangements or original compositions by young Melbournians Dan Walker, Daniel Riley and Peter Campbell, and a new composition by talented Sydney-based composer Alice Chance. With two performances in Parkville’s beautiful Wyslaskie Auditorium, there’s no better way to entertain the prospect of Christmas and holidays!
This program will be repeated a week later at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Bendigo on Saturday 9th December at 6pm.
Deck the Halls, presented by Polyphonic Voices
Friday 1st December, 8pm
Saturday 2nd December, 8pm
Drinks and nibbles served each evening from 7pm
Standard $40 / Student $20
Wyslaskie Auditorium – Centre for Theology & Ministry
29 College Crescent, Parkville VIC 3052
Tickets from www.polyphonicvoices.com
A new commission for the St John’s Canata Program.
World premiere of a new cantata commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of St Johns Cantata Program
Southern Cantata (Opus 102, 2017)
by Andrew Schultz, libretto by Katherine Firth
for 2 soloists, chorus and period instrument orchestra of strings, trumpet, theorbo, timpani, harpsichord and organ
St Johns Bach Choir and Orchestra
Kate Macfarlane (soprano), Robert Macfarlane (tenor)
dir. Graham Lieschke
Guest Preacher: Tom Peitsch
Pastor of Outer Eastern Lutheran Church & former pastor of St Johns Southgate
Cantata in Context 8:30am in the Chapel
Discussion with the composer and poet about the new cantata
‘Nakata Brophy Prize: Judges’ notes’ by Jennifer Mills, Katherine Firth and Tara June Winch was published in Overland (227 Winter 2017).
The winning story, Evelyn Araluen’s ‘Muyum: a transgression’ is available to read at overland.org.au.
The two runner-up stories, were Amy McGuire’s ‘Tea and dying’ and Allanah Hunt’s ‘Invisibility isn’t only a power superheroes have’.
The Judges’ reports on the Nakata Trophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers was published in Overland (223 Winter 2016).
The winning poem, ‘Expert’, by Ellen van Neerven, and the two runners up ‘Cassandra’, by Ryan Prehn, and ‘Learning Bundjalung on Tharawal’, by Evelyn Araluen, are also available on overland.com.au.
A post from my Research Degree Voodoo blog was republished in the Times Higher Education online.
Read the article here:
Often we think that we learned to read by the time we were about 8. We know that we have to continue to learn to write and that the thesis is a major writing task that we have to learn how to succeed in – and there’s a lot of books, advice and workshops out there on improving doctoral writing.
But a lot of the difficulties that doctoral students have in getting started, in powering through the shitty middle, and in getting to completion, are actually caused by reading. And why? Because, and I hate to tell you this, you’re probably reading wrong.
The five biggest reading mistakes and how to avoid them:
Katherine Firth on why you should approach texts less like a Victorian maiden and more like a pirate hero