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Course notices, news and Bob’s occasional divagations
(always wanted a chance to use that word)

Newly Published on the Internet

My first commissioned piece, on trees and their long dance in the human imagination, beautifully presented by https://www.foreground.com.au/culture/an-easter-meditation-on-trees/

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My Latest Arena Magazine Contribution

‘The Lookout Man (It’s All in Your ‘Ead)’ is a response to Iain McGilchrist’s stunning literary and neurological (he’s got form in both fields) reconsideration of the bicameral brain, The Emperor and His Emissary.

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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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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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Better Late Than Never

Here’s a PDF of my write-up of my keynote address for the conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association last year, which just got published in the Association’s annual journal.  I tried to have some fun . . . Patchy … 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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Can I Interest You in a Book?

Cambridge Scholars Publishing has just featured my new book on its website at a substantial discount, so now’s your chance!   I don’t know whether the already publicised discount code will get you a further 20% off, but it’s worth … Continue reading

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