• Saturday 16 November. 9.30am to 3pm.
  • Room 601 Michie Building.
  • Morning tea provided.

The pastoral reading group within the School is holding its second symposium on the pastoral tradition and its contemporary relevance. The focus this time will be on the work of John Kinsella, particulary his writings about pastoral and his recent book Jam Tree Gully. The principal speaker will be Tom Bristow from UNE who has published widely on contemporary poetry and whose forthcoming book, Devolved Lyricism: Literary Geography and its Ecopoetic Counterpoint includes discussion of Kinsella’s work and of the relationship of pastoral ideas to ecopoetics.

Other invited participants are Tony Hughes-D’Aeth (UWA) and Grace Moore (Centre for the History of the Emotions , USyd). Members of the EMSAH reading group will also give short presentations and the aim overall, through structured discussion, is a productive sharing of ideas about the survival and significance of the ancient discursive structure that is the pastoral tradition. Morning tea will be provided and there will be a break for lunch.

Anyone interested in the pastoral tradition and/or the work of John Kinsella is welcome to attend.

For further information please contact Ruth Blair: r.blair@uq.edu.au 

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