Exhibition and Talk – Dylan Thomas: A literary life – centenary celebration

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Published on: 10 October 2014

Dylan ThomasA talk by Professor William Christie, University of Sydney
Thursday 30 October 2014

Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet and writer, was born on the 27 October 1914 and its centenary is celebrated by this event and an accompanying exhibition on Level 3, Fisher Library.

Dylan Thomas’s work was popular in his lifetime and its popularity has continued to grow. William Christie’s talk draws on his new book Dylan Thomas: A Literary Life which addresses the ‘yawning gap’ between Thomas’s popular and critical reputations.

William Christie is Professor of English Literature and Pro-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and president of the Romantic Studies Association of Australia (RSSA). He is also Vice President of the Dylan Thomas Society of Australia. His many publications include Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Literary Life (2006), awarded the NSW Premier’s Biennial Prize for Literary Scholarship in 2008. Dylan Thomas: A Literary Life (2014) is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Time: 5.30–7.30 pm
RSVP by Monday 27 October
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A Tale of Two Libraries: Lambeth Palace Library and Sion College Library in the 17th century

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Published on: 10 October 2014

GreathallTwo notable ecclesiastical libraries were founded in London in the early 17th century. Lambeth Palace Library was founded in 1610 as a resource for future Archbishops of Canterbury, while Sion College Library was established in 1629 as a library for the City of London clergy. This illustrated lecture will explore the reasons for these two foundations and the contrasting ways in which they developed during the first century of their existence. Since 1995, both of these collections have been housed at Lambeth Palace Library.

Giles Mandelbrote is the Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library. He previously worked for nearly 15 years at the British Library as one of the curators responsible for the national collection of books printed in Britain during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He jointly convenes the Research Seminar in the History of Libraries at the School of Advanced Study, London University, teaches for the London Rare Book School and is one of the organisers of the annual two-day London conference on book trade history.

Among his publications are Out of Print & Into Profit: A history of the rare and second-hand book trade in Britain in the 20th century, and volume II (1640-1850) of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, edited jointly with K.A. Manley. More recently he has edited and contributed to a volume on the growth of the British Library’s collections, Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library’s Printed Collections (2009), and The Arcadian Library: Bindings and Provenance (2014).

Event details
Guest speaker:
Giles Mandelbrote, Librarian and Archivist, Lambeth Palace Library
Date: Saturday 1 November 2014
When: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Where: Exhibition Space
Level 2, Fisher Library F03
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free with registration requested
RSVP by Thursday 30 October 2014
E library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au | T 9114 0866

Contact: Jacqui Grainger, Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections
T 9351 7283 | E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

Photo: Lambeth Palace Library

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


Governor Brisbane’s Parramatta Observatory: archaeology, artefacts, and his ‘Catalogue of Stars’

stonesJoin us to celebrate National Science Week with an illustrated presentation by Anne Bickford, historical archaeologist, to hear about the universally famous Parramatta Observatory.

When: Wednesday 14 August 2013
Time: 6-7.30pm
Where: Seminar Room, Level 2, Fisher Library
Eastern Ave, Camperdown Campus
Speaker: Anne Bickford is an alumna of the University of Sydney and a professional archeologist who has spoken and published widely on historical archaeology, heritage conservation and museum studies. She was Curator of Applied Arts at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (now The Powerhouse Musuem). Anne also project managed and directed the research and excavation of the First Government House Site in Sydney, the largest archaeological excavation in Australia.
Price: Free but seats are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.
RSVP: by Monday 12 August
Email: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au
Photo: Sandstone piers, which supported the transit circle instrument in the observatory for viewing the stars, still standing in Parramatta Park. Photo by Anne Bickford.

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Poetry reading by Judith Beveridge and Les Murray

Les and Judith

3-4.30pm, Tuesday 18 June 2013
Seminar Room, Level 2, Fisher Library

Judith Beveridge and Les Murray return to Fisher Library for readings from their collections of poetry.

Judith, poet, editor and teacher of poetry writing at the University of Sydney will read from her forthcoming book, Devadatta’s Poems. This book is based on the historical figure of Devadatta who was a cousin to the Buddha. He joined the Buddhist Order but became jealous and ambitious and tried to murder the Buddha three times. The book follows Devadatta’s time as a monk when he plotted to kill the Buddha and take over the Buddhist Order.

Les, appointed as a visiting Professor to the University of Sydney in 2008, will read from his book The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray published in 2012 by Black Inc. From his life’s work so far, spanning more than four decades, Les Murray has selected these 100 poems, his personal best, including classics such as ‘The Broad Bean Sermon’, ‘An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow’ and ‘The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever’. He will top this up with some recent poems.

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

This event is now fully booked.

Ern Mally as vampire

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Published on: 19 September 2012

For a poet who never existed, Ern Malley is not only still very much alive, but seems to gather strength as the years go by. What are the sources of his power?

Associate Professor David G Brooks from the Department of English will speak on the tangled web of literary hoaxes and some fascinating discoveries he has made about the poet Ern Malley.

The poetry of Ern Malley is the most famous literary hoax perpetrated in Australia. It was dreamed up by two brilliant young men with strong associations to the University of Sydney. Their hoax devastated the career of another brilliant man, also a poet, and brought on obscenity charges which hit world news. The story continues to fascinate and resonate in unexpected ways. Was it totally serendipitous that links to other poets and events are still surfacing?

David Brooks is a successful poet and author. He teaches Australian Literature in the English Department at the University of Sydney and co-edits the journal Southerly. Over his career he has come across connections that continue to surface around the Ern Malley hoax, a wide group of people, the poetry itself and even more unexpected links to France. The result was an acclaimed book, The Sons of Clovis, and large audiences at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Event details

When: Tuesday 2 October 2012
Where: Seminar Room, Level 2, Fisher Library
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free event but registration required as seats are limited.
T 9114 0866
E library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

Sponsored by: This event is brought to you with the support of the Friends of the University of Sydney Library.

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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