Poetry reading by Les Murray AO

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Published on: 28 March 2014

Les Murraywith an introduction by Sue Butler, Editor, The Macquarie Dictionary

We are delighted to welcome Les Murray back to Fisher Library for readings from his collections of poetry.

Les is engaged at the moment reading the proofs of the American edition of his Collected Works, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He says that the most he has to do is put in a comma that he should have put in years ago. Unlike Oscar Wilde who had the reverse difficulty – he struggled all morning taking a comma out and then in the afternoon put it back in again – Les thinks that the comma should always have been there, so as the afternoon wears on he will still leave it in. He agrees with Wilde however in general principle. A Murray dictum is: “When a book has reached this stage you do as little as possible because you will just end up ‘over-egging the pudding’.”

Les is heading off in May for a reading tour of Germany accompanied by his Swedish translator. He reads the English and she reads the German – although occasionally they swap. Her English has an American accent and Les’s German, according to one of his listeners, has improved. Then he presses on for more readings in London.

Les will read some old favourites and a number of new poems from a book in the making.

All are invited to attend this free event and light refreshments will be provided. This is a popular event and seats are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

When: Tuesday 29 April 2014
Time: 5.30 for 6pm
Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2 Fisher Library
If you have registered your attendance and are unable to attend please let us know via
E library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au or
T 9114 0866


A guided tour of Sense and Sensibilities: history of the neurosciences

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Published on: 18 September 2013

invite you to a guided tour of:

Sense and Sensibilities: history of the neurosciences

By Dr Cate Storey, President, Medical Alumni Association

Dr Cate Storey will take you on a guided tour of the history of neurosciences exhibition.

The brain must surely be the most fascinating of all human organs. The early anatomists first explored its secrets; the physiologists began to investigate its pathways; the clinicians made clinic-pathological connections but we still have much to learn. This display includes many of the original works of the 14th to 19th centuries, which laid the foundations of our current knowledge of the neurosciences.

Refreshments will be served.

TIME: 6pm – 7pm Wednesday 25 September 2013
WHERE: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher North, Fisher Library
RSVP: by Monday 23 September 2013
T 02 9114 0866 or E library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

The Hanging Garden and beyond: Exploring Patrick White’s manuscripts (updated)

The recent publication of Patrick White’s novel The Hanging Garden was made possible by the work of University of Sydney researchers who transcribed the work from manuscript in the National Library of Australia. Professors Margaret Harris and Elizabeth Webby, together with research assistant Jennifer Moore, will talk about their Australian Research Council project on the Patrick White manuscripts acquired by the NLA in 2006, demonstrating ways in which this material freshly illuminates White’s career.

Presented by the Friends of the University of Sydney Library
When: Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Where: Foyer (level 2), Eastern Avenue, Sydney Law School, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free event but registration required (see below)
RSVP: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au
or phone 9114 0866.

6 June 2012:

5 June 2012: An insight into the working life of Patrick White

3 April 2012: Rediscovering the Hanging Garden

2 April 2012: Patrick White’s Lost Novel Professors Margaret Harris and Elizabeth Webby interviewed by ABC Radio National presenter Michael Cathcart

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