- LAW: Harmful digital communications, Intellectual Property, Publications, Education Law
- PUBLICATIONS: advise on publishers; collate proposals; edit manuscripts; work with authors.
- EDUCATION: expert advisory roles; moderation; examining; supervising.
- ART: advice on art market, exhibition practices, expert opinion.
Preparing the proposal; securing a publishing contract; collating, managing, editing manuscripts.
A Gathering, Nicholas Lyon Gresson. Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne.
This collection brings together 15 of Gresson’s most recent poems, four vignettes and two short reflections on what the poetic means to him after more than 55 years of writing.
The poems in this collection were written between December 2013 and March 2015. They follow on from the publication of Nicholas Lyon Gresson’s two books, A Life in Poetry 2011 and Walking with Time 2013, Arcadia Press, Melbourne.
“Who puts the pieces together?
It is the wind.”
But it is also the man – and I like best his easy, colloquial voice, and the connections he forges between man and nature.
– C.K. Stead — New Zealand Poet Laureate (appointed 2015)
Highlight poems in A Gathering – see The Daily Advertiser Monday 7 November 2016
Poet Nicholas Lyon Gresson opens up about piece on Wagga floods
By Nicholas Lyon Gresson
Early or late
in sight of river air
let sweat and river roll
sever clock connections
for flood and crows dig deep into my soul.
Away there is talk of hope
but here hope is harrowing
shadows on the face of dark despair.
Again once-still willows
scrub and bend against the flood
dragging earth scars to water
pitting the maelstrom of meeting waters
tangling trees bleed screeching cockatoos
and the river is rushing
the seeds for new-life mapped.
a magpie lands on a verandah rail
culverts creak and split
breaking banks succumb
the flood exceeds
the land forgives
the river water finds us
defines us as it flows.
Here summer touches the hearth of evening
away the bounding kangaroos
in my sight river shadows darken on a dry brown land.
That’s why we swim there
crying for water
husks entering the current.
Murrumbidgee, in Aboriginal language, Plenty Water, is a beautiful river through Wagga Wagga, but with a propensity to flood. The 2012 flood reached a peak height of 10.56 metres.
Walking with Time, Nicholas Lyon Gresson. Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne.
This collection shows Nicholas Lyon Gresson at full power. Walking With Time brings together a range of new works with searching discernment of people, place and time. Gresson draws the reader into a world of everyday moments with a sense of joy and irony, at times playful wit, and taunting powers of observation. Nonsense and the abyss are brought into light as his words ensnare the reader with the object of his focus. This is Gresson’s second book of poetry following A Life In Poetry, 2011.
My neighbour Nick Gresson is a seriously committed poet, alert to the world and the word and how they intersect – how the phrase can have a life beyond its source in reality, and how the reality can transmogrify into something it was not. This is perhaps the basis of his – and all – art. C. K. Stead ONZ CBE New Zealand’s foremost writer and literary critic.
A Life In Poetry. Nicholas Lyon Gresson
Elizabeth M. Grierson (Ed) Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne.
This volume brings together the poetry of Nicholas Lyon Gresson covering 55 years of writing.The poems start with the writings of a sixteen year old boy in the 1950s, and they emerge through the decades of life to 2010, where we meet the seventy year old man whose modes of thought are revealing the world of our existence.
Nicholas Lyon Gresson was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 19 December 1939, to Terence Arbuthnot Gresson and Eleanor Lyon Gresson ne Denniston. Both parents had strong legal backgrounds, and Nicholas’ love and respect of the law is profound. Alongside writing and photography has been his immersion in work against crime, for which he was awarded a Royal Honour. Photography too has played a significant part in Gresson’s life, and he was the inaugural photographer forArt News Auckland, nowArts News New Zealand. The death of his eight year old son Emerson in 1982 led to a poignant series of poems in his son’s memory. Today his daughter and two grandsons live in Christchurch.
APPOINTMENTS & CONSULTANCIES
2009-12 ACARA Australia Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority Visual Arts Advisor for development of national Australian Curriculum: The Arts;
Visual Arts Expert for writing the Initial Advice Paper and the Shaping Paper; and Reference Advisory Committee member.
2008 External reviewer, Victorian Education Authority, Australia.
2005 National Humanities and Creative Arts Panel, Research Quality Framework (RQF) Australia Technology Network (ATN) Universities, Australia.
Board member of Art Education Australia (AEA).
2004-2007 Institutional Tertiary Providers Quality (ITPQ) External Monitor, Bachelor of Creative Industries, UCOL New Zealand.
2004- NZVCC Representative on ITPQ Panel for accreditation of Bachelor of Creative Industries, UCOL, Wanganui New Zealand.
External Monitor Bachelor of Creative Industries, UCOL Wanganui New Zealand.
2004 NZ Vice Chancellors’ Committee representative on ITPQ Evaluation panel for degree accreditations.
Participant Research Think Tank in the Arts, NZ Ministry of Education, Wellington NZ.
2002-continuing Executive Editor ACCESS Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies, refereed academic journal.
2002 Arbitration Panel Member, UCOL Universal College of Learning, Wanganui.
2001-2003 External Examiner & Moderator, Bachelor of Visual Arts & Design, Eastern Institute of Technology, NZ.
2001, 2002 Advisory Board Member, Arts Curriculum (Visual Arts), NZ Ministry of Education
External respondent for programme accreditation, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) revisions, School of Fine Arts University of Canterbury.
2000 International Committee GSA Global Studies Association UK
2000-2002 Advisor for inaugural set up and strategic development of GSA Global Studies Association UK. Attend meetings Manchester Metropolitan University UK (2000, 2001) and University of Surrey, Roehampton UK (2002).
Expert opinion and advice on artists, market, values, exhibition practices.
2011 Quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald. ‘Universities are letting Australian art down’, Nicky McWilliam, March 24, 2011. Available on http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/universities-are-letting-australian-art-down-20110323-1c6l1.html
2010 ABC Radio Melbourne on public art
2008 Interviewed on Bill Henson Art or Pornography ‘Art or Pornography? The debate over Bill Henson’s work continues’. Australian Women Online, 29 May 2008.
Professor Elizabeth Grierson comments on the continuing controversy about Bill Henson’s work. Link: http://www.australianwomenonline.com/?p=540
2008 Press Release RMIT. Expert Comment on art and pornography. May 26 Link: http://www.rmit.net.au/browse;ID=5wkjl294fz8q
2008 Interviewed on Gregor Schneidor German Artist, Triple JJJ Radio, Melbourne, April.
2007 Interviewed on Public Art for Eastlink Freeway, by Gabriella Coslovich Senior Arts Writer for Newspaper article, ‘Eastlink will cost you, but it will be a cultural experience’, in The Age Wednesday November 28, News, p. 3. Link:
2007 Interviewed on Public Art for Eastlink Freeway by Red Symons, ABC Breaksfast Radio, Melbourne, Tuesday 27 November 2007.
2007 Interviewed on Public Art for Eastlink Freeway for Radio Arts Alive PGM 48-2007, 3 Dec 2007.
2007 Interviewed on the National Gallery of Australia by Corrie Perkins for newspaper article, ‘Finally in the Frame’ The Australian – The Arts, 6 October, 2007. Online at http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,22518697-16947,00.html?from=public_rss
2007 Interviewed on van Gogh painting in National Gallery of Victoria, by Corrie Perkins for newspaper article, ‘Great Head, pity it’s no Van Gogh’, The Australian – The Arts, 4 August 2007.
2006 Interviewed on van Gogh painting in National Gallery of Victoria,by Corrie Perkins for newspaper article, ‘Critics who queried Van Gogh panned’, The Australian – The Arts, Wednesday 9 August 2006. Available online at: www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20066164-16947,00.html