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 …

Dystopi­an Fic­tion at San­ta Sabi­na Col­lege 2017 Read More »

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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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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 …

Edward Lear: Escape Read More »

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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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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. …

Book Week 2016 Read More »

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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 …

Launch Anniver­sary Read More »

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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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