Category: Literature

On the 23rd of July, I had the pleasure of discussing the life and work of Edward Lear with Lish Fejer on ABC Radio Canberra. Listen to the full interview here

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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At the end of November 2016, I had the honour of visiting Penrith High School to meet Hellen Jiang and her classmates in Year Nine. Hellen won the senior division of the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Words & Art Competition …

Words & Art Competition 2016 Read More »

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When I was in primary school, Book Week competed with Christmas and Easter as my favourite time of year. La Semana del Libro felt sacred to this child, for whom stories and story-telling were indeed a form of religious observance. …

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My first job, when I was fourteen, was as a bookseller for Angus and Robertson, saving for my first overseas adventure, and throughout the odyssey of my teens and twenties I continued to work in bookstores, up until the start …

From One Bookseller To Another Read More »

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Today marks the one year anniversary of the launch of Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child. To commemorate the occasion, here are my remarks delivered on that glorious night. Thank you to all who have made this …

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I had the honour of attending the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards recently. It was a special pleasure for me, as my friend and guiding star Rebecca Young won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature for her masterpiece, Teacup, illustrated …

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge 2016 Read More »

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