Author Archives: Bob

A Malthouse Theatre Gig (sort of)

On 26 April I will be participating in an on-stage panel discussion at the Malthouse Theatre after Felix Nobis’s performance of his adaptation of Beowulf. Details at this Malthouse link. Beowulf · Malthouse Theatre . Based on his own translation … Continue reading

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A Blast from the Past

Some time in 1988-1989 at the University of Toronto I did a large piece of palaeographical calligraphy (kind of insular minuscule): the latter half of one of my favorite shorter Old English poems, The Order of the World from The … Continue reading

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Not Just for Anglo-Saxons . . .

My latest essay for Arena Magazine (no. 146), ‘Beowulf for Today’, has just been published.  If you’d like to hear (among other things) how a sixth-century heroic boast might sound as a Trump tweet, read on . . .Arena 146 Beowulf … Continue reading

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Bourke Street, 20 January 2017

Those of us who were in Ross House for the first session of the course on Homer’s Iliad heard the noise of today’s incident on Swanston and Bourke Streets that has so far claimed four lives.  It’s a small gesture, given … Continue reading

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First Courses for 2017

We’ll be off and running with 1. The MLS Refectory starting its weekly run of hourlong lunchtime poetry sessions on Wednesday 18 January, 1-2 pm in Ross House room 2.1.  Room booking details for the whole of 2017 available here: … Continue reading

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Going Large in 2017: The Classics

Yup.  All the biggies.  Over the course of 2017 I plan to offer a series of twelve-week seminars, each of which will take up Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid and Ovid’s Metamorphoses.  In addition I will try to squeak another twelve-week seminar on … Continue reading

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On the Road

In November I’ll be giving a talk in the Salon-Salon series at Alice & Co. in Kyneton.  Details on the flyer below.

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More Shots from the Launch

With thanks to Richard Mudford, who took all these.

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We Have Lift-Off

My translation-with-commentary of Beowulf was launched last night at the Collected works Bookshop.  Kris and Loretta hosted what proved a well attended and lively do. Many thanks to them and all who attended, with a special shout to my Canberra buddy … Continue reading

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Anyone for Beowulf . . . Again?

I’ve had a number of requests to reprise the six-session course I taught last year on Beowulf, which used Seamus Heaney’s translation (published by Faber & Faber in 1999) as its text. I’m about to book a room for it, … Continue reading

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