Category Archives: Other news and marginalia

Wordsworth’s Ode: Intimations of immortality from recollections of early childhood – for my mother

  What though the radiance which was once so bright Be now for ever taken from my sight, Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather … Continue reading

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In praise of publishers and editors: Richard Flanagan’s speech on winning the Man Booker Prize – and the wondrousness of my own publisher and editor

I was totally thrilled to hear that Richard Flanagan had won the Man Booker Prize last week, for him (obviously); for Australian literature; for the stage it gave Flanagan to despair vocally about the state of Australia in 2014 (‘Ashamed … Continue reading

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Drusilla Modjeska does Randolph Stow’s Visitants – Reading Australian Literature 2014

I was very excited when I saw that one of my favourite writers, Drusilla Modjeska (especially for her hybrid fictional biography Poppy and The Orchard), was speaking at the University of Sydney last Monday about one of my favourite novels: … Continue reading

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A crime: Joseph Stiglitz on the proposed deregulation of Australia’s universities

More on universities – this time not on the libraries of Sydney University (although I will be back onto that the moment I’m through this ocean of rewriting), but on the appalling moves the Abbott government made in its 2014 … Continue reading

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Stats v stacks, metrics v books: An open letter to Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, University of Sydney

Before I return to my bookish seclusion, this is a letter I sent to Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, on 19 May 2014 about the changes planned for the libraries of Sydney University. As Dr Spence … Continue reading

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How do novelists engage with politics? Christos Tsiolkas, Alexis Wright and Kathryn Heyman talk fiction and politics with Margot Saville at the Sydney Writers’ Fest 2014

First, to set the scene – and given I’ve been chained to my desk since January, how very welcome and extra breathtaking that scene was. Sydney Harbour at its glistening best. So, novels and politics. A massive subject to cover … Continue reading

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When in doubt, seek out the writers: Alexis Wright and Christos Tsiolkas talk politics and the novel at SWF 2014

In these dark days when numbers rule – and politicians and university vice-chancellors outsource complex moral decisions to the market – writers are SO IMPORTANT! And two of my favourite writers who dare to wrestle with the murky world of … Continue reading

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