How do you decide what makes it in and what is left out when editing another’s work? Do you need to be a writer to be a good editor? Three editors - Connie Levett (National Foreign Editor at Fairfax Media), Mark Ledbury (Director of the Power Institute and editor of Fictions of Art History) and Amanda Card (guest editor of Brolga: an Australian Journal about Dance) - talk about the complexities and challenges of editing, in this panel discussion at the Macleay Museum.
Presented by Macleay Museum, the University of Sydney.
Connie Levett (Australian)
Joining The Sydney Morning Herald in 1986, Connie began as a journalist for both The Herald and later Singapore's Straits Times. Her focus has been in international news reporting and editing, particularly in Asia, and she was The Herald’s Bangkok-based correspondent from 2004-7. Back in Sydney, she reported on immigration and refugee affairs. She was appointed Foreign Editor of The Herald in 2009, a title which has recently been extended nationally across Fairfax Media.
Amanda Card (Australian)
Amanda Card teaches performance arts at the University of Sydney. She began her career in performance as a professional dancer in the 1980’s with Kinetic Energy, and Human Veins Dance Theatre. From 2000-7 she was executive producer of the independent dance company Onextra. In the 1990’s she concentrated on academic study, culminating in her PhD on representation, aesthetics, politics and sexuality in Australian dance. Thrice guest editor of Brolga: an Australian Journal about Dance, she writes on choreography and dance practice.
Mark Ledbury (Australian)
Mark Ledbury is Power professor of Art History and Visual Culture and director of the Power Institute at the University of Sydney. His research interests are in the history of French Art, particularly in the 18th century and specifically in the relationships between theatre and visual art and in genre theory in the Enlightenment. He has published widely on Boucher, Greuze, David, and on inter-arts networks and relationships. He has most recently edited Fictions of Art History, exploring the relationships with fiction, poetry, and creative writing. http://sydney.edu.au/arts/power