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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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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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Got a Gig of Sorts

Big thanks to Felix Nobis and Marieke Hardy for inviting me to take part in a discussion of the forthcoming novel, The Mere Wife, by Maria Dahvana Headley at the Melbourne Writers Festival in August. The story re-imagines  Beowulf in the setting … 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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Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Ovid played naughty kid brother to his contemporary, Virgil, whose Aeneid  became the normative (and soberly revered) foundational text for imperial Rome. Ovid’s Metamorphoses plays a much different game, resisting the unified effect of the Homeric model to produce a patchwork … Continue reading

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One of My 2018 Projects

As I’ve previously posted, I’m curtailing my teaching commitments in 2018 to take a writing sabbatical.  One of the big projects is a novel I’ve been trying to write for decades, that’s begun happening again with a curious twist of … Continue reading

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A Recent Piece

A poem I’ve recently written that alludes to an iconic suspension bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York City, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, a major fixture of my early life and travels.  Fyi, the town on Long Island … Continue reading

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