We Have Lift-Off


Chris playing herald with his accustomed panache.


Me in full flight, with Chris Wallace-Crabbe attending closely.

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.


The author? Oh, that would be me.

Many thanks to them and all who attended, with a special shout to my Canberra buddy from ANU, Chris Bishop, who came down to do the introductory honours.

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Anyone for Beowulf . . . Again?

seamus heaney beowulfI’ve had a number of requests to reprise the six-session course I taught last year on Beowulf, which used Seamus Heaney’s translation (published by Faber & Faber in 1999) as its text. Sutton.Hoo.ShoulderClasp2.RobRoyI’m about to book a room for it, and it would be helpful to know roughly how many of you might be interested, so, if you are, let me know, along with what days of the weeks might best suit your schedule.SeamusHeaneyAuthorPic

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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 a try.

discount code: afarlight20



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Author Copies Have Arrived!

My author-copies of A Far Light have arrived. I’m forgiving myself for looking a little smug here. If not now, when?


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Announcing a Bouncing Baby Excerpt . . .

The first thirty-odd pages of A Far Light are now available on the Camridge Scholars Publishing. A Far Lite, if you like! Anyhow, if you’re at all curious, you can now have a sticky-beak by following this link:


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Flyers and posters for the impending publication of A Far Light have arrived. Note the 20% discount available on orders from the Cambridge Scholars Publishing website:
discount code: afarlight20
publicity ebook to appear in about two months, I’m told.

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Today, I Am an Amazon Author Page

My existence continues to resonate in further layers of (un-? quasi-?) reality.  Take your pick:

sensible books
They can’t yet show A Far Light ’cause it’s not yet officially published, so all you get is a few pics and my very first book,  An Index of Theme and Image to the Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church (1995).  For completists and the not-faint-of-heart only!  And, ok, the pic to the right is not Amazon books. I was just feeling nostalgic.me pre-op

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No Time for Sitting Still!

Nearing the end of proofing A Far Light and uploading its files to the publisher, I’m getting a bit broody over my next book, The Fetters in the Frost.  16,000 words in, I’ve had to put the manuscript aside to finish current business, but I’m keen to get back to it.  All in good time, my pretty . . .

frost fetters with epigraph

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Book Launch 14 October

0366062_a-far-light_300My Beowulf-book, A Far Light, will be officially launched on the evening of 14 October at Collected Works Bookshop in the Nicholas Arcade off Swanston Street.  Details at the link below:


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The MLS Refectory Reconvenes

The popular lunch-time poetry session continues with a new twelve-week schedule of modern poets.  Come as you are, when you like, and bring $10.  I’ll bring the poets, and we’ll all go exploring.  Link to the poet-roster below.

Wednesdays, 1-2 in Ross House second floor room 2.1 beginning 3 August

MLS Refectory August October 2016

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