PLC Sydney students' book launch

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Five year 12 students, with Mrs Pamela Nutt as their mentor editor, launched the book that they had been working on for the last eighteen months. Ethel Turner’s That Young Rebel was happily presented on Thursday 3 September at PLC Sydney’s Macindoe Library.

The book has been produced for the Juvenilia Press, an academic press hosted by the University of New South Wales and is a part of a growing study of the juvenile writings of authors who go on to become significant writers as they mature. Students are required to edit, research, annotate, illustrate and assist in the writing of a scholarly introduction. The volume is a result of work undertaken at a standard associated with postgraduate university study.

Despina Bouletos, Gabriella Lubrano, Elizabeth Polley and Selina Williamson have worked on the volume, developing skills in academic editing. Jacqueline Meng has illustrated the volume in a style fitting for a story first written as a serial in 1891.

Ethel Turner’s original serial was written for the journal Parthenon that she began publishing as a teenager with her sister, Lilian after leaving Sydney Girls’ High School in 1888. It is the story of Taffie Farndon, the young rebel whose scrapes in and around Sydney and at his boarding school in the Blue Mountains endear him to young readers. For the first time, Turner’s serial has been edited and produced as a single volume and in a way that makes it accessible for contemporary readers.

The launch was attended by family and friends, PLC Sydney students, representatives of two of Sydney’s universities and the presidents of both Sydney’s Dickens and Bronte Societies. The evening was noted for its excited buzz and for the recognition of the work of the students.

Professor Christine Alexander, Emeritus Professor in English from UNSW, and Director and General Editor of the Juvenilia Press, spoke and outlined the work of the Press as a teaching and academic tool. The volume was officially launched by Principal, Dr Paul Burgis.

 

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