A review of ‘The Fiction of Tim Winton’

by Agata Mrva-Montoya - Published on: 6 April 2017
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The Fiction of Tim Winton
A great review of Lyn McCredden’s The Fiction of Tim Winton appeared over the weekend in The Australian. ‘The Fiction of Tim Winton is an intelligent and exhaustively researched contribution to studies of Winton’s writing. This book is also an example of sophisticated and immensely readable literary analysis.’ (Jay Daniel Thomson)

Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month!

by Agata Mrva-Montoya - Published on: 8 March 2017
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Published on: 8 March 2017

Editing for a cause. Wikimedia Commons

We’re very excited to be celebrating the Women’s History Month with a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on 28 March. We’ll be getting together with the University of Sydney students, staff and the wider community to improve the representation of Australian women on the world’s favourite encyclopedia.

Gardens of History and Imagination

by Agata Mrva-Montoya - Published on: 21 June 2016
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Published on: 21 June 2016

Gardens of History and Imagination

Published to coincide with the bicentennial celebrations of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Gardens of History and Imagination: Growing New South Wales will delight gardeners and history buffs alike. The book features ten scholars, members of the Independent Scholars Association (Sybil Jack, Janet George, Gaynor Macdonald, Ailsa McPherson, Colleen Morris, Gretchen Poiner, John Ramsland, Stuart Read, Catherine Rogers and Sue Rosen) exploring the social, cultural and economic significance of gardens in the history of New South Wales. The book is beautifully produced and richly illustrated with rarely seen images from the State Library’s Mitchell collections.

Focus on archaeology

by Agata Mrva-Montoya - Published on: 17 May 2016
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Published on: 17 May 2016

Would you like to learn more about what archaeologists do? Participate in the celebration of National Archaeology Week with events and activities for the general public organised throughout Australia to discover how archaeologists work and how they contribute to the study of the human past. Since 2003, National Archaeology Week has focused on showcasing the work of Australian archaeologists at home and overseas, and promoting the importance of protecting Australia’s archaeological heritage. And if you cannot get to any events, you can always read a book.

Grow Young with incidental exercise!

by Agata Mrva-Montoya - Published on: 1 April 2016
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“Grow Young” is the theme of this year’s NSW Seniors Festival with numerous events running from 1 to 10 April across the state. In its 59th year, the festival celebrates seniors and encourages them to be active, social and healthy. The need to be physically active is very important at any stage of life, but particularly for seniors, for whom it is a key to staying healthy and independent. LiFE program developed at the University of Sydney teaches seniors how they can easily and effectively integrate balance and strength activities into regular daily activities. Grow Young with incidental exercise!

Congratulations to Prof. Robert Dixon!

by Agata Mrva-Montoya - Published on: 9 July 2015
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Published on: 9 July 2015

Congratulations to Robert Dixon for becoming the joint winner of the 2015 Walter McRae Russell Award last night for his book Alex Miller: The Ruin of Time. According to the comments of the judging panel:

Robert Dixon’s Alex Miller: The Ruin of Time (SUP) is an erudite and accomplished work on one of Australia’s major contemporary writers, showcasing deep engagement with the texts and their genesis, and powered by a highly contextualised biographical approach that places these works within their cultural moments in richly revealing ways …

On the nature, origins and processes of invention

by Agata Mrva-Montoya - Published on: 25 October 2013
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Published on: 25 October 2013

Ecologies of invention, our new book launched last week by Robyn Williams from ABC Radio National’s The Science Show, examines origins, approaches and attitudes towards inventiveness across the disciplines, including art, architecture, design, history, engineering, science, law and economics. As Marc Newson, designer of the famous Lockheed Lounge, points out in the Foreword, Ecologies of invention ‘makes an important contribution to our understanding of that “light bulb” moment of realisation or invention that takes place across all disciplines’.

Biography of a book: Henry Lawson’s While the billy boils

by Agata Mrva-Montoya - Published on: 17 April 2013
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Published on: 17 April 2013

Today Paul Brunton OAM is going to launch Biography of a book: Henry Lawson’s While the billy boils by Paul Eggert. The book explores the publication of While the billy boils in the complicated landscape of the early days of Australian publishing industry. Eggert traces the difficult production of Lawson’s work through the murky waters of editing, copyright and royalties. The new edition of While the billy boils: the original newspaper versions, reproduces Lawson’s work as it originally appeared in print. Lawson’s works are published in chronological order, reflecting his growth and change as a writer. It showcases the unique style in which Lawson originally wrote his works, deftly portraying the speech and humour of his characters through idiosyncratic spelling and syntax.

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