Issue 9
Monday, 06 June 2016
Charles Darwin University
Professor Martin Jarvis: the importance of the written word
Professor Martin Jarvis: the importance of the written word

Maestro to orchestrate Territory writers

By Patrick Nelson

Professor of Music Martin Jarvis OAM has added another string to his bow, this time as president of the NT Writers’ Centre.

The author of four books, Professor Jarvis said he looked forward to working with staff at the NT Writers’ Centre to underpin the importance of the written word and storytelling in all its guises.

“I’d like to explore how we might promote writing in high schools to counter the loss of writing skills by young people,” Professor Jarvis said.

“If we can find some sponsors, we might be able to develop some competitions for secondary school students.”

Professor Jarvis said the Writers’ Centre would seek to continue growing the Wordstorm Writers’ Festival, which broke new ground and drew great public support this year.

“We have already begun the process of developing a clear artistic vision for next year’s Wordstorm, which will be held in Alice Springs.

“We’ll explore how we can expand in to Tennant and Katherine, and bring forward the input from our board members in those towns.”

Professor Jarvis said he had been writing all his professional life.

“I started with the Hobart Mercury in 1981 as their music critic. I also wrote restaurant reviews and critiqued records and new editions of music.

“Writing is very much a part of what I do.”

Professor Jarvis penned the book “Written by Mrs Bach” published by HarperCollins, which posits that Johannes Sebastian Bach’s second wife Anna Magdalena may have written some of the works widely regarded to have been written by her husband.

He has also written a digital dictionary for players of stringed instruments, a history of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, which he founded in 1989, a novel, and many journal articles.