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Two Months on the Calendar

May 8, 2019

Most of the year so far I’ve been quietly writing and teaching, but in the coming months I’m emerging for a few public events, spanning the assorted topics of literary Cocker Spaniels, memoir, astronomy, coffee mugs, and reading. They all seem to fit together quite well in that list but each event is rather different as you’ll see:

Frontispiece image from Flush by Virginia Woolf: courtesy of Rare Books, University of Sydney.

Rare Bites Series: Not an Ordinary Dog: ‘Flush’ by Virginia Woolf 

I’ll be speaking about Flush by Virginia Woolf, the biography of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s spaniel Flush, as part of the University of Sydney’s Rare Books “Rare Bites” lunchtime talks on Wednesday 22nd May. I’ll be talking about Flush, the genre of canine memoir, and the copy of the book in the library’s Rare Books collection.


Other Worlds Zine Fair

Other Worlds Zine Fair is back at Marrickville Town Hall again this year, on Sunday May 26th, 12pm – 4pm. I’ll have a stall there with zines old and new (this is where the coffee mugs come in – the subject of a new split zine by me and Katie Haegele.)


Thinking with Objects: A memoir workshop with Vanessa Berry

I’ll be presenting a one-day memoir writing workshop at the Sydney Observatory on Saturday 1st June, about using objects and working with museum collections to write memoir. The workshop is in conjunction with the publication of the book Time and Memory, for which I was commissioned to write an essay on the museum’s collection of objects relating to timekeeping and memory.


Centre for Deep Reading dinner at Paperbark

I’m hosting the CDR fundraising dinner at Paperbark Restaurant on Sunday 23rd June. I’ll be pairing selected readings with the ingredients of a three-course meal designed by chef Joey Astorga, so a multi-sensory reading experience!


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