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Heavier Than Air - A play excerpt reading and discussion with Anne Harris

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Moonah ARTS Centre

23-27 Albert Road

Moonah, TAS 7009

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Drawing on interviews with 14 LGBTQ teachers, the play Heavier Than Air (2015) was crafted around and charts the experiences of gay, lesbian, and transgender teachers, many of whom discussed the fact that they were 'hyper-visible' and yet they felt that they had to hide aspects of themselves from their colleagues and in their classrooms. This reading is of an excerpt from the play and will be followed by a panel discussion.

Anne Harris is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) exploring creativity in Australasia, and a Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). She is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as a playwright, teacher, dramaturg and journalist in the USA and Australia. She researches in the areas of creativity and the arts, performance, digital media and social change. Anne is the editor and creator of the book series Creativity, Education and the Arts (Palgrave Macmillan), the ABER co-editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, on the editorial board of several journals, and the following book series: Teaching Writing (Sense), Gender and Education (Palgrave Macmillan), and Studies in Arts-Based Educational Research Book Series (Springer). She has published over 60 articles and 10 books on the arts and creativity, gender/sexuality and cultural diversity; her latest is Creativity, Religion and Youth Cultures (2016, Routledge). She is also a professional playwright, musician and spoken word performer, and enjoys performing research of all kinds.

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