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

The Weathers of Our Time

A large-ish poem of mine, in several sections, has just been published by Eureka Street, under the title ‘Brinksmanship’, as well as another long piece called ‘Meteorology’. These are edgy times, by anyone’s measure, with uncertain weathers gathering in several … Continue reading

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Engelboc Launch

Hope you can make it! My new book of poems, Engelboc, published by Littlefox Press, will be launched at Readings Carlton (as per the flyer below) on Thursday 25 July, from 6.30-8.00 pm.

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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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