Lunch Hour Talks
Speaker: Dr Janet Ramsay PSO
Topic: Anne Jolliffe – First Australian Woman Animator
Anne Jolliffe made her career in hand drawn animation. She was part of the pioneering animation industry in Australia and was the first Australian woman to break the gender barrier that insisted that only men could draw well enough to be animators. After training at Swinburne Technical College (now Swinburne University of Technology) in Melbourne, she found her way into Fanfare Films, Australia’s first animation studio, within GTV. Later she worked in London in the glory days of hand-drawn animation in the 1960s and 70s, and then set up her own studio in Crows Nest, Sydney. In London, amongst other achievements, Anne worked on the Yellow Submarine movie showcasing the Beatles and on Great, an animated movie about the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, that won the Academy Award for animation in 1975. Anne is Janet’s recently deceased partner so Janet is able to tell us more about Anne’s battles, adventures and achievements and hopes to give a sense of a brave, determined, funny and remarkable woman.
Speaker: Cathy Perkins
Topic: A Writer’s Shelf Life
Australian writer Zora Cross was considered a minor figure in literary history until biographer Cathy Perkins unearthed her story. From Cross’s 1917 poetry sensation Songs of Love and Life, to her novels, letters and profiles of other female authors, she was a lifelong writer whose personal struggle still resonates today. Cathy’s book The Shelf Life of Zora Cross was the result of a 10-year fascination with Zora Cross. Reviewers have called it an ‘imaginatively conceived biography’ (Sydney Morning Herald), ‘a beguiling narrative … splendidly told’ (Australian Book Review) and ‘an utter delight to read’ (Good Reading), and it was shortlisted for the Australian History Prize of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
Cathy will talk about her process in writing the biography. Why do we forget some writers from the past and remember others? And what does it take to bring someone back from obscurity and extend their shelf life?
Cathy Perkins is a writer and editor who lives in Sydney. She edits the Openbook magazine and other publications at the State Library of NSW, and has worked as a book editor, in a bookshop, and for the Australian Society of Authors. Her essays on Zora Cross have been published in the literary journal Meanjin and The Shelf Life of Zora Cross is her first book.
Where The meeting room at the Customs House Library, at Circular Quay.
When The talk will begin at 12.15, The room is open from 11.30 for tea/coffee/sandwiches which again will be available.
Entry $16 JSNWL members $22 non-members
PLEASE BOOK BY NOON Monday 14TH JUNE – we are only allowed 30 people in the space so you can see a Zoom presentation.
Here is the link to the meeting https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/94940379829