Archive of ‘Speaking Engagements’ category

Becoming a-death through creative community practice

Abby presenting at AARE 2016

This is my presentation at AARE 2016 at MCG. It was part of a Symposium made up of Margaret’s PhD students: Disruptive thinking through creative methods: Innovative research projects from the Space, Place, Body group Angela Foley: Intimate material: Artful beyond words in the ‘posts’ Sarah Crinall: What is (the) matter-with-data?: The creative practice of […] Read more…

Dying To Know Day in SA 2016

Robert Pitt, CEO and Giani Kuldeep Singh

Exploring death and bereavement customs from 4 different cultures was the theme for this year’s inaugural Dying To Know Day event on Monday 8th August at the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority. The room, usually reserved for funerals, was packed out at the invitation-only dinner event. The rows of seats were replaced with round tables dressed in […] Read more…

Speaking about death won’t kill you

“Speaking about death won’t kill you just like speaking about sex won’t make you pregnant.” We are so disconnected from death in our secular Western culture. We don’t do death well. How do I know this? From experience. From a cultural point of view, I was totally unprepared for my son’s death 2.5 years ago. […] Read more…

“Off The Cuff”: Throwaway lines

Off The Cuff

A Google search assures us that the oft cited phrase, off the cuff, means “without preparation, impromptu, ad lib.” At Toastmasters we call off the cuff speaking: Table Topics. People die a thousand deaths waiting for their turn; well I do. Improving at Table Topics; off the cuff speaking; is my challenge. Magic happens when a […] Read more…