Year: 2017

In a spe­cial two-part work­shop at San­ta Sabi­na in mid-2017, I had the hon­our of work­ing with an incred­i­ble cohort of Year 10 Eng­lish stu­dents. To begin, I deliv­ered a one hour lec­ture that offered a brief overview of the …

Dystopi­an Fic­tion at San­ta Sabi­na Col­lege 2017 Read More »

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On the 18th of June 2017, I was invit­ed to speak at the St. James’ Insti­tute in Syd­ney, along­side the Hon. Michael Kir­by, Chair of the UN Com­mis­sion of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK. The St. James’ Insti­tute …

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The great­est ple­saure of the author’s life — this author’s life, in any case — is meet­ing read­ers. Writ­ing is a soli­tary task much of the time, even if social media now allows authors to share their tri­umphs and frus­tra­tions …

New­ing­ton Fes­ti­val of Lit­er­a­ture Read More »

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On the town side of the Danube, open­ing night of the Regens­burg jazz fes­ti­val offers the pre­dictable plea­sures of beer, pret­zels and jazz. Yet cross the riv­er and one pass­es through a Bavar­i­an look­ing-glass, to a place where Ger­mans of …

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Return to PART ONE Cit­i­zens of Par­adise: Lear’s Non­sense Escapes In Non­sense Songs (1870) and Laugh­able Lyrics (1876), Edward Lear eschewed the con­strict­ed lim­er­ick struc­ture of A Book of Non­sense. Embrac­ing the Roman­ti­cism he once shunned, the poet­’s Cal­ibans are …

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Edward Lear & The Vic­to­ri­an Nurs­ery A rev­o­lu­tion­ary fig­ure in the his­to­ry of Eng­lish lan­guage chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture, Edward Lear explod­ed the con­ven­tions of the Vic­to­ri­an nurs­ery and replaced the relent­less didac­ti­cism of Isaac Watts and Charles and Mary Lamb with …

Edward Lear: Destruc­tion Read More »

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