Language and Literature Festival

We celebrated our first Language and Literature Festival this semester, which aimed to expand on Woodleigh’s historically rich English Weeks and broaden our scope of celebration to be more inclusive.

Rani Jones’s winning entry for the Library Redesign Competition, which is ‘heavily inspired by students’ desire to sleep and features a sleeping room and a kitchen, as every library should’.

As the English Department has evolved into the Language and Literature Learning Area, so to has this week-long enjoyment of languages – plural – and film, poetry, reading, writing and signing.

Staff book club discussing Trent Dalton’s Love Storiesover morning tea

Reading flash-mobs met food stalls. Homesteads came together to communicate with British -Jamaican Deaf poet Raymond Antrobus, live from London. Students redesigned the library using Minecraft.

Members of the Year 11 English team and Raymond Antrobus, live from London (2:00am local time!)

Our Language Acquisition Indonesian students skewered and barbequed hundreds of satay sticks to raise $1,000 for COVID-affected Indonesian communities. French classes made crepes. International movies were on show.

Indonesian Food Stall in the Agora, raising money for Indonesian communities and coinciding with a staff reading-flash-mob.

As Franz Kafka wrote, ‘A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.’ In late autumn and after 2 years of lockdowns, the 2022 Lang and Lit Festival was a playful disco ball to illuminate the joy around us.

ZACHARY SHINKFIELD Learning Area Leader – English