- On Friday, 1 November the Australian Catholic Unviersity, where I work, will be centrally involved in Melbourne Knowledge Week. Yours truly will be playing the harp and participating in a reading and forum entitled 'Poetry Speaks' with fellow poets and scholars from the university: Dr. Mark Lyall, Dr. Caz Masel and Dr. Matthew Ryan. Full details of the event can be found on the 'Events' page of the ACU website here.
- I am delighted to announce that the Melbourne launch of my second collection, In Between Angels and Animals, will take place at 6pm on Thursday, 7 November at the Roof Garden, Level 6, Daniel Mannix Building, Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, VIC 3065. Dr. Frances Devlin-Glass, Honorary Associate Professor at Deakin University, will be the guest speaker. The Australian Poetry Organisation has kindly posted information about the launch on their site here. See also my publisher's website - Arlen House - for details and watch this blog for updates.
- On Tuesday, 12 November I will be presenting a paper as part of the Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar series at 6pm at The Oratory, Newman College, University of Melbourne. My paper will tell a little known story about the Irish harp and how it was deployed in the ideological battles and antiquarian debates about the civility of pre-Christian Ireland. It is titled 'Relic of a Golden Age or Gothic Barbarity? The Irish harp as instrument of colonial discourse' and details of the event can be found here.
Each of the three events listed above is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there!