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Moonlighting

Robert Lloyd and I recording his ‘The White Giant’, a song about the Cerne Abbas Giant carved in white chalk into a hillside in Dorset many, many moons ago.  Erm, yeah.  You get the picture.  Rough mix, but enough to … Continue reading

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Keynote Speech at the Annual Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Society

In April I turned sixty while attending this very lively conference, at which I sold some books and delivered a keynote address.  Belated  photo below.

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The MLS Refectory, series III

The MLS Refectory series continues . . . Wednesdays 1-2 in Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane.  Schedule at link below.  You bring $10, I bring the poems. The MLS Refectory 2017 Series Three

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Still Experiencing Techinical Difficulties

Sorry for my long absence!  The version of WordPress that drives this site has stopped uploading images, which has stalled my communications department.  I’m still here, though!  And you can still get in touch via the ‘contact us’ link or … Continue reading

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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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