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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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A New Book

My next book, and the first of my own poetry, will be published some time this year by Little Fox Press. Its title will be Engelboc (you’ll have to wait to see why), and here’s a mock-up of the sort of … Continue reading

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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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A Few More Poems for Arena Magazine

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

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