Digital Introduction_Kirk Marshall

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Digital Introduction: Kirk Marshall:

Digital Introduction: Kirk Marshall “ But what is memory if not the language of feeling, a dictionary of faces and days and smells which repeat themselves like the verbs and adjectives in a speech, sneaking in behind the thing itself, into the pure present, making us sad or teaching us vicariously… ” — Julio Cortázar ( Hopscotch )

My name is Kirk.:

My name is Kirk. noun — 1. a Scot word for church . — 2. a Scottish church — [C12: from Old Norse kirkja, — from Old English cirice church.] — 3. Of or pertaining to Captain James T. Kirk , which is to say the defining performance of William Shatner’s career; practically the only performance of Chris Pine’s career; and a role they haven’t thought to offer me yet. Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit. ???

For the first twenty-two years of my life, I lived in Brisbane, Queensland. :

For the first twenty-two years of my life, I lived in Brisbane, Queensland. …I probably spent most of that time reading (small town syndrome, you understand). When I wasn’t reading, I was restless. So when I graduated from university, I occupied myself by developing a passion for the environment , for sustainability , for nature hikes , and for channelling my most refined David Attenborough impression.


I was recently diagnosed with keratoconus , an astigmatic eye condition, which means I’m reactive towards bright lights …

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… I probably invested too much of my youth squinting to read paperback fiction in pitch dark when I was supposed to be sleeping.

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Interestingly, the first word I ever said was “ Li ght”!

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Interestingly, the first word I ever said was “ Li ght ”!

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I’m a bright-eyed advocate for ethical employment and community development. I was previously involved with the local environmental movement through work as a Co-ordinator in the fundraising department for The Wilderness Society (Australia) for two years. Since moving to Melbourne, I’ve worked for the same period in the Marketing & Communications department of Oxfam (Australia).

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While working for T.W.S. , the most career-enhancing opportunity I seized was to compose a political transcript on behalf of Queensland’s Wild Rivers legislation lobby. This was performed aloud by The Honourable Anna Bligh, the Premier of Queensland.

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However, the most fun opportunity that my position afforded me was getting to dress up as a Moreton Bay dugong and pursue passersby on the street for campaign donations!

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I currently hold a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Industries (Creative Writing) with Distinction from QUT, and a first-class Honours degree in Professional Writing from Deakin University… …I’m now qualified to compose a shopping list without fear of retribution!

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After graduating from my Bachelor’s degree, I travelled to Japan in 2006. I’m yet to encounter a people so generous, inclusive, and insatiable in their curiosity for new experience as the Japanese . I loved the country so much, I returned in 2007 to live in Tokyo as a Visa-Sponsored English-language Instructor.

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When I relocated abroad to Tokyo in 2007, a friend living in Japan and I originated the concept of establishing an English-language / Japanese bi-lingual literary journal. The journal we edit is entitled Red Leaves / 紅葉 , and showcases new and original work by Western (English-speaking) writers and those native to Japan . I now get headaches in two languages…

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Tokyo ’s not necessarily the best place for someone with photosensitive vision , but it’s hard to shake an addiction to that city’s neon once you’ve witnessed it firsthand!

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Unfortunately my time abroad was cut drastically short, as my employer was caught up in an international scandal of big-business bankruptcy. Before having the opportunity to fulfil our year-long teaching contract, NOVA Corporation – the English-language conversation school ( eikaiwa ) whom had employed my partner and I – disbanded publicly with a reported loss of 5.4 billion dollars!

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Even though I revelled in my first role as a teacher, the experience ended somewhat traumatically. We weren’t paid for the entire time we worked overseas, and our remaining funds barely covered the purchase for two return tickets home.

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Nevertheless, experiencing the results as my students improved, while they grappled with a comprehension and application of the English language, was worth the whole trip. There just aren’t enough favourable circumstances in which the marvels of syntax get to be exhibited on a daily basis!

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I come from a family of five. This nuclear unit comprises of: my Mum, my Dad, my older brother George and my younger sister Paige. That means I came of age, having been ascribed the role of middle child — or “ pr odigal son” — which I used to justify fleeing the family household as soon as I had finalised my studies.

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I wouldn’t claim to have ever considered moving overseas when I was enrolled in my Bachelor’s degree. Literature, reading and writing became my life. I developed an on-campus reputation for composing hyper-embellished prose which terrified most of my teaching staff.

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There are places I know personally, such as Chiba Prefecture (above), which have been virtually purged from the map altogether (below). The situation with the 2011 Sendai earthquake and the accompanying tsunami terrifies me .

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My other teaching specialisation is Media (that’s Film & T.V. Studies, and not I.T.).

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While at university, I began developing an independent film, entitled About 8 , from a screenplay I’d co-authored with my cinematographer (a friend originally from high school). The film was a feature-length mockumentary concerning the exploits of a teenage Australian boy band as they rehearsed for a live benefit concert.

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I met my partner, Liberty , through that same high-school friend. We’ve now been together for five years.

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My Desert Island All-Time Top 5 favourite films are (subject to vary according to the limits of my personal collection): The Shawshank Redemption (1994) The Usual Suspects (1995) The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) Shichinin no samurai (1954) Dr. Strangelove (1964)

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My Desert Island All-Time Top 5 favourite books are (subject to vary on whatever week this question is posed): Gulliver’s Travels — Jonathan Swift On the Road — Jack Kerouac Catch-22 — Joseph Heller The Great Gatsby — F. Scott Fitzgerald The Catcher in the Rye — J.D. Salinger

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I believe that the concept of “i d entity” is inextricably bound to memory, experience, social determinism and narrative. To understand the experiences of another we’re obliged to construct narratives that purport to being a linear chronology of that person’s life. The author Julio Cortázar, in his novel Hopscotch , argues that when a life is represented through a randomised structure, we read these experiences in more dynamic and participatory ways.

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Rather than hard-wiring a reader to interact with a narrative because it culminates in a final-act resolution, a nonlinear narrative compels the recipient to intuit meaning from the story’s disorder… As with the Cortázar novel, t he hope is that a story such as mine might encourage you to engage actively with the constructed nature of the text — and motivate you to make your own meaning.

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What’s that Mark Van Doren quote about teaching being “ the art of assisting discovery ”? Whatever it is, it’s a resonant note to end on.

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