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Denise O’Hagan reviews ‘From the Ancient Near East to Christian Byzantium’ by Mario Baghos (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2021)

Denise O’Hagan reviews: From the Ancient Near East to Christian Byzantium by Mario Baghos As its title suggests, From the Ancient Near East to Christian Byzantium: Kings, Symbols, and Cities traces the history of Christian Byzantium through a meticulous examination of the origins of specific ancient cities, and the symbolic import of their art and …

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Guest Editorial: Live Encounters Poetry & Writing, Australia – New Zealand, May 2021

Special edition featuring poets from Australia & New Zealand. https://liveencounters.net/2021/04/22/live-encounters-poetry-writing-australia-new-zealand-may-2021/ Capturing the Spirit: Contemporary poetry from Australia and New Zealand Aotearoa When considering the rich and varied stream of submissions from Australia and New Zealand Aotearoa, I was struck by how many were so universal and timeless both in theme and style that they transcended …

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Denise O’Hagan reviews ‘Wide River’ by Jane Frank (Calanthe Press 2020)

Published in the Rochford Street Review. In every poetry collection, there is one aspect, one overwhelming impression, that we are left with which later comes to define it for us. In Frank’s Wide River, it is the poet’s quiet insistence on reawakening us to the essential wonder of our world that stays with us. In …

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David Malouf in conversation with Denise O’Hagan

Widely considered one of Australia’s finest writers, David Malouf was born in 1934. After teaching in Britain in the sixties, he returned to Australia in 1968 where he taught at Sydney University until 1977. His fiction includes Ransom (2009), The Conversations at Curlow Creek (1996), Remembering Babylon (1993), An Imaginary Life (1978) and Johnno (1975), …

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Mark Tredinnick in conversation with Denise O’Hagan

Mark Tredinnick’s third collection, A Gathered Distance (BirdFish), appeared in February 2020; his fourth, Walking Underwater (Pitt Street), surfaces in December. Mark’s books include The Blue Plateau and Fire Diary; his awards, an OAM, the Montreal, and two Premiers’ Prizes. Denise: Good morning, Mark, and thank you for making time for this conversation. You’re a celebrated poet and writer, and recipient of more …

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Ivy Alvarez in conversation with Denise O’Hagan

Ivy Alvarez is the author of Diaspora: Vol. L (Paloma Press, 2019), The Everyday English Dictionary (Paekakariki Press, 2016), Disturbance (Seren, 2013), and Mortal (2006). A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work appears in many publications, including Best Australian Poems (2009 and 2013), with several poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. Born in …

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Robyn Rowland in Conversation with Denise O’Hagan

Robyn Rowland has 14 books, of which 11 are poetry, including Mosaics from the Map (Doire Press, Ireland 2018). Under This Saffron Sun – Safran Güneşin Altında (Knocknarone Press, Ireland 2019) and This Intimate War Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915 – İçli Dışlı Bir Savaş: Gelibolu/Çanakkale 1915 (republished Spinifex Press 2018), are bilingual, with Turkish translations by Mehmet Ali …

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Judith Beveridge in conversation with Denise O’Hagan

Judith Beveridge is a Sydney-based poet and recipient of multiple awards, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Poetry (2019), the Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry, awarded by the Fellowship of Australian Writers (2013), and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for excellence in literature (2005). She has published six volumes of poetry …

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Denise O’Hagan on the depth of poetry and her selections for Issue 41

Editorial for The Blue Nib, Issue 41. The last months have been a testing time for Australia and, to a lesser extent, New Zealand. Ravaged by bushfires on an unprecedented scale, stricken by drought, and finally swamped by heavy rains, Australia’s suffering has been the stuff of news bulletins the world over—and this was before …

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Denise O’Hagan reads ‘Before the party’ from her collection, ‘The Beating Heart’

From The Ink Pods, Podcast for The Blue Nib. It must have just stopped rainingWhen we arrived. The road, licked for hoursBy the quiet slap of countless passing tyres,Gleamed blackly under the streetlampsLike wet liquorice. We sat for a momentWatching the mist descendCobwebbing the edges of trees and hedges,The silver turning of a leaf in …

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