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Her Beauty and Her Terror
Code: 115  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Poetry
Friday, May 18 2012 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Bangarra Mezzanine, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Geoffrey Lehmann, Robert Gray, Barry Spurr (facilitator)
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How does Australian poetry compare? Is it up to the standard in the rest of the Anglosphere? How does it stack up against other world poetries? Geoffrey Lehman and Robert Gray, editors of Australian Poetry Since 1788, hailed as the definitive anthology of our native verse, talk to the recently appointed Professor of Poetry at the University of Sydney, Barry Spurr.

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Geoffrey Lehmann (Australian)

Geoffrey Lehmann has published seven collections of poetry and a Selected Poems and Collected Poems. He has edited two anthologies of Australian comic verse and co-edited (with Robert Gray) several anthologies of Australian poetry, the most recent being Australian Poetry Since 1788. He has been a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and continues to write as a literary reviewer for The Australian newspaper. His poems are widely published, most recently in The New Yorker.

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Robert Gray (Australian)

Robert Gray is the author of eight books of poetry and a prize-winning memoir, The Land I Came Through Last. He has edited the poetry of John Shaw Neilson and the journals of the painter John Olsen, and has won numerous awards for his poetry including the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Age Book of the Year for poetry and the Patrick White Award. He recently co-edited Australian Poetry Since 1788 with Geoffrey Lehmann.

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Barry Spurr (Australian)

Barry Spurr is professor of poetry and poetics in the department of English, University of Sydney, where his research and teaching are concentrated on Renaissance and Modernist poetry. His latest book, on T.S. Eliot, Anglo-Catholic in Religion: T.S. Eliot and Christianity, is described by the Times Literary Supplement as a “wonderful journey” into its subject. Barry is currently writing books on representations of solitude and of animals in poetry, from the early Modern period to today.