Monthly Archives: June 2012

Thinking about the Miles Franklin Award 2012, Anna Funder’s ‘All That I Am’ and Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin

Last Wednesday night Anna Funder won the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her first novel All That I Am. Not only does Funder’s novel focus on events that took place far from Australian shores, but Funder herself was far … Continue reading

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Dressing up and stepping out for Bloomsday 2012 (or Reading Joyce’s Ulysses at Bondi Beach)

This morning I’ve been trying on a black velvet jacket and purple & green striped skirt at UNSW’s Io Myers Studio for Bloomsday 2012 – the annual celebration on 16 June of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses, set in Dublin on … Continue reading

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The transit of Venus: love, storms and the ‘unknown’ southern land

The conjunction of Sydney’s wild weather last night with today’s transit of Venus across the Sun demands a post on Shirley Hazzard‘s novel The Transit of Venus. Not only because of the title and the transiting planet, but because by … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf was a Rock Star: Jane Eyre v Wuthering Heights 3

Virginia Woolf’s essay ‘“Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights”‘ is so exhilarating and rich with insights into the temperaments and writing styles of sisters Charlotte and Emily Bronte, as authors of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, that it deserves a post … Continue reading

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