Adult Learners in Conversation – “A Fuller Sense of Self”

Last night Tricia Bowen spoke about her experience of reconnecting with the adult learners who have shared their stories in this volume. I talked about how great it was to join with Tricia and Lynne in the whole creative and collaborative process of editing. Then Lynne Matheson invited us to launch the video into the world, so we all made rocket-launching sounds, and the champagne flowed. *

It was such a good experience filming and editing these stories with Tricia.

I would love to hear any feedback, especially related to the video or the editing.

Watch and enjoy.

The back story:

Lynne Matheson at VALBEC asked Tricia if she would be interested to follow up the conversations from her 2011 publication, “A Fuller Sense of Self“. Tricia managed to track down some of the students, and then i was invited to document the conversation.

Videos here:

More information on the VALBEC site:

#AFullerSenseOfSelf #5YearsOn #adultLiteracy

* at the VALBEC Forum for Adult Learners Week.

The official blurb:

“A Fuller Sense of Self – a collection of stories told by adult literacy students” was published by VALBEC in 2011. These students shared their thoughts about returning to study to develop their literacy skills. They described why they made that move and how that decision shaped and changed their lives for the better.

“Five years on we decided to revisit these students and their stories, to find out where they are now and to discover if and how learning continues to influence their life journey. We tracked down three of our original storytellers. Linda, a student from the Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre, and David and Sue, both students from Southern Grampians Adult Education based in Hamilton in Western Victoria.

This time our storytellers kindly and courageously shared their thoughts on camera.

VALBEC launched the video stories on 06 September for ALW.

More information at

Music credits, thank you for “Running Waters” by Jason Shaw at,┬áLicensed Creative Commons CC-BY.

ALW: Adult Learners’ Week.
VALBEC: The Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council.

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