Author Archives: Bob

A New Year in the Melbourne Literature Seminars

Happy new year, everyone. I hope the holiday season passed both pleasantly and peacefully for you all. Just some quick tidings about what’s coming up in the MLS. Not a lot, I’m afraid, at least not at first. I am … Continue reading

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By The Pricking of My Thumbs

An attempt to explore the deep psychology of the Trump phenomenon, by way of Harold Bloom’s notion of the American sublime. Not exactly happy reading, but I didn’t feel I had much choice. Published in Arena Magazine no. 157 (December 2018). All … Continue reading

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Mix Equal Parts Dr Johnson and Ambrose Bierce

Add a little sulphur, and you get something like the following pastiche of The Devil’s Dictionary.  Enjoy as you will . . . from Arena Magazine for September. Devil’s Dictionary Supplement

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And a Good Time Was Had by All

Many thanks to Maria Dahvana Headley, the Melbourne Writers Festival and the fabulous audience (and my friends and family among them!)  for helping to make our discussion of her novel, The Mere Wife, such a joy. photos by Bec DiNapoli

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Eal is læne

Or, in modern English (sort of), ‘All things must pass’.  The old site of Flinders Books, where once I passed myself off as a bookseller, has reverted to form (after a fashion) from a Bon Bon Bakers to a Book … Continue reading

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The Melbourne Writers Festival Update

The session I’ve been asked to participate in, which centres on Maria Dahvana Headley’s modern adaptation of Beowulf, a novel titled The Mere Wife, will be taking place in a different venue than first publicised.  Here’s the program entry: Maria Dahvana Headley: … Continue reading

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Some New Shots of New Me

Some not so new!  But the me is . . .

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A Few More Poems for Arena Magazine

A trio of shorts in Arena Magazine Arena-Poems-June-2018

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The Melbourne Writers Festival: Update

Here’s a schedule-update for the panel-discussion of the new Beowulf-inspired novel by Maria Dahvana Headley,  The Mere Wife, on which I will be a contributor.  It will happen in ACMI Cinema 1 at Federation Square, Sunday 26 August at 10 am.

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The MLS Refectory: One-Off Cancellation

The upcoming session for Wednesday 6 June has been cancelled, because I have an out-of-town teaching  commitment.  Apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience, but we’ll be back to our usual weekly schedule from Wednesday 13 June, at our usual time … Continue reading

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