An article AND a podcast

This quarter I have had the honour of getting Part 2 of my piece about tabletop games in school libraries published (Part 1 here), which contains some general tips for thinking and talking about tabletop games and then three applications of those principles to game reviews, and raises the possibility of an ongoing series of similar game reviews… but not only that:

I also had the pleasure and privilege of being interviewed by certified A-grade purveyors of cultural expertise and library sass Turbitt & Duck, who were as delightful to chat to as they are to listen to.

They weren’t exceptionally sassy to me as we chatted, in fact I couldn’t have wished for two more lovely and engaged hosts, but they have been cheeky enough to post the headshot I sent them (which was taken for print and is therefore fairly high-res/large) FULL SIZE. (Be warned!) My revenge will be proportionally… macroscopic.

I can’t speak to the interest of my own interview, and not only because I haven’t yet had time to listen to the final product; but I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every one of their other podcasts, and if you are interested in libraries but haven’t listened to them yet, you should.

Thanks to them and to ASLA for these opportunities!

In praise of tabletop games, Part 1 published in ASLA ACCESS

At the start of the month I had the privilege of getting a piece about tabletop games in school libraries published in the Australian School Library Association’s online journal ACCESS. To be exact, ACCESS, Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2018.

They were kind enough to give me a copy to host here for you to read:

In Praise of Tabletop Games, Part 1 – Philip Minchin ACCESS March 2018

Part 1 is a general introduction to the inherent learning opportunities and multiple literacies fostered by tabletop play, including an introduction to my concept of procedural literacy. Part 2 (upcoming here) gives a general framework for fostering learning from games experiences, and then three live examples.

I hope you enjoy them!