Tag Archives: Australia

The Beautiful Obscure

My recently published book The Beautiful Obscure, on the intertwining cultural histories of Australia and Spain, is available now from Transmission Press, or selected bookshops. On the Transmission Press website there is also information on upcoming events and launches, as … Continue reading

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Geoff Page: Plevna

  Plevna: A biography in verse Geoff Page / UWA Publishing As he did in his superb collection 1953 (reviewed here), in Plevna Geoff Page has set himself the task of recovering unknown, lost or otherwise unglamorous elements of Australian history – … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Lines from Worship to Despair

This piece, published in The Melbourne Review in 2013, reviewed the Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain.   Lines from Worship to Despair Coming on the heels of 2012’s masterpieces from Madrid’s … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Obscure

After a year of solid writing and research, and much trawling back through years of anecdotes and memories, I am pleased to have completed the first draft of my non-fiction work exploring Australian perspectives on the cultural history of Spain. Combining … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Geoff Page’s ‘1953’

Taken from January 2013, this review of Geoff Page‘s 1953 (University of Queensland Press) was first published in The Melbourne Review.   1953 – Geoff Page University of Queensland Press 1953 is both a pulse-taking and a cross-sectioning, a feeling of … Continue reading

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The Art of Forgetting

The Art of Forgetting: some thoughts on Australia’s reconciliation process, and Spain’s buried civil war. From work in progress…   “To hide the violence, it is necessary to hide the history,” argued Henry Reynolds at the turn of the century, … Continue reading

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1975: Whitlam and Franco

   For both Spain and Australia, 1975 was a singular year. In Spain, it was marked by the death of General Franco and in Australia by the fall of the Whitlam government. For one, the death of a conservative dictator; … Continue reading

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