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The light ascending: Creativity unites us all

“No one gives a creative rules, we make rules for ourselves.” Vanessa Tomlinson.


The final Lightning Talks of the year was all kinds of quotable! To end the year with a bang of creative flair, Griffith Review and Griffith Library called on some creative experts. Our panelists Vanessa Tomlinson, Holden Sheppard, Andrew Brown and Mirandi Riwoe were on-board to give us some insight into their creativity endeavors and processes, inspiring us in the lead up to the end of the year.

Our creatives talked about their own processes, how they view creativity and how creativity exists in each and every one of us. As Mirandi put it “‘All of it is tied to hard work and learning your craft… Imagination and the creative side of things is tied to work ethic and the discipline to get things down on the page.”

Not only did we examine the process of creativity, but we discussed the ways in which creative endeavors and art can benefit everyone. Art helps us make sense of our world, our traumas and our triumphs, our history and our place in the world.  And in Andrew Brown’s words “creativity comprises [of] novelty and value”.

Holden Sheppard talked about his book as an “experimentation in self” allowing him to use character and narrative to represent different aspects of himself. He reflected on writing as a way to fill gaps, to re-imagine possibilities — and for the better.


The panelists agreed that no matter what your art of choice, all creatives have a commonality, especially when it comes to their creative processes and their appreciation of what art can bring.

In addition to the panel, we were treated to a viewing of QCA student Ashley Peel’s work “Covered in Gold” which explores a retelling of Cinderella and the feminist ideal.

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The audience, as always, asked amazing questions and we all walked away itching to pick up a pen or paintbrush…or even just an excellent book.

A huge thank you to our panelists for sharing their creative selves. A special thanks also goes to to our moderator Dr Ashley Hay from Griffith Review, and the hardworking team who helped bring this Lightning Talks event together.DSC_0327

Join us next year for more Lightning Talks but in the meantime you can catch ‘The light ascending: Illuminating creativity’ and all of the 2019 series at Griffith Library Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks: The Light Ascending

Are you a creative? Starting out in a creative industry? Or simply fascinated by the creative? Griffith Review and Griffith Library are delighted to announce our next Lightning Talks.

The Light Ascending: Illuminating Creativity

Celebrating Griffith Review’s final publication for the year The light ascending: the novella project VII, this Lightning Talks presentation explores the creative process and all the struggle and sacrifice but also the fun, wild and woolly stuff that comes with creativity.

Our panel of creatives include Holden Sheppard an awarding winning YA novelist, Vanessa Tomlinson a percussionist, composer and artistic director, Mirandi Riwoe the award winning author of The Fish Girl and Andrew Brown– educator, musician, digital artist and author.

So join Griffith Review and Griffith Library as we wrap up the year by celebrating creativity with The light ascending: Illuminating creativity.


  1. Thursday 14 November 2019
  2. Noon – 1 pm


  1. Webb Centre (S02) 7.07
  2. South Bank

International Games Week

International Games Week 2019 kicks off next week and will run from 3-9 November.

What is this you ask? International Games Week is a global celebration of games and play in libraries of all sorts around the world. This is to raise awareness of the social and educational benefits of play. Griffith University is supporting Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) in this event.

From 3 to 9 November all Griffith campus libraries have games for you to enjoy including card games, board games, jigsaw puzzles. Looking forward to seeing you all enjoying yourselves at play.

Data-lovers rejoice, we have the Lightning Talks for you!

Finally, the Lightning Talks for all the data-loving librarians among us is here!

Advance Australia F.A.I.R. is happening on the Thursday 24 October at the Gold Coast campus. There will be an expert panel ready to answer our toughest questions and give us all the lowdown on open access.
Still developing your open access knowledge? No worries, before the panel check out more information on Open Access Week.

And if you’ve not caught our other Lightning Talks you can catch up on all the previous one Lightning Talks . If your lunch break doesn’t give you enough time to traverse the M1 and make it to the GC for this one, you can also catch this Lighting Talk live on that same link or watch it after. It’s open to all…see what we did there?

Need a place to study? Griffith Libraries are here for you! 

We have extended opening hours over the study and exam period with Gold Coast and Nathan campus libraries open 24 hours on weekdays.

So whether you prefer a late night, early morning or all night study session, we have you covered!

Visit the library website to check out the opening hours for your campus library or you can find us on Google Maps!

Stressed out from study and up-coming exams?  

Studies have shown that colouring in can help with symptoms of anxiety and depression. So why not relieve your exam stress and take a break at one of our Relaxation Stations where we have a range of activities to help you unwind including board games, puzzles and colouring in.

You can also leave a message of support on our Positivity Wall and gain some encouragement from your peers. Don’t feel left out if you are off campus as you can participate by posting to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

The Relaxation Stations and Positivity Wall will be available in each campus library from Week 12 until the end of the exam period 30 September to 19 October 2019.

Look out for the signage or ask your friendly campus library staff to point you in the right direction.