Monthly Archives: December 2011

Am inspired!

I’ve come away from the Be Inspired event today with a long reading list: it’s been fascinating to hear my colleagues’ interpretations of well known writers, who they managed to make entirely new.  The panel session with Eric Meyer, Giles … Continue reading

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Be Inspired – 14 December 2011

Just back from our Be Inspired event – ten colleagues each giving a 15 minute talk on a different writer, which will form part of the new material for the Great Writers Inspire project. A really stimulating day – both … Continue reading

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Be Inspired! J.M. Coetzee

In the last talk of the day, Peter McDonald talks about J.M Coetzee. He suggests that in certain ways, J.M Coetzee is very far from what we traditionally think a ‘great writer’ should be. Peter asks what we mean by … Continue reading

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Be Inspired! Olive Schreiner

Elleke Boehmer talks about how the South-African writer Olive Schreiner has inspired her. Around the turn of the 19th century, Schreiner wrote about many issues that we still see as topical today,  such as gender and race, and inspired many … Continue reading

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Be Inspired! Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield is a Great Writer that inspires Faith Binckes. Faith gives us an introduction to Mansfield’s life and work and also asks the question: what is greatness and what does it mean? Mansfield was a New Zealand writer, and … Continue reading

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Be Inspired! George Eliot

Catherine Brown talks about George Eliot, a very large brain. She offers us a brief analysis of Eliot’s intellect, and explains why she sees her as ‘an academic writer’s writer’. With examples from Eliot’s writing, Catherine helps us see how … Continue reading

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Be Inspired! Ezra Pound

Rebecca Beasley talks about Ezra Pound and his involvement with the Blast magazine. She shares with us a poem by Pound, Et faim sallir le loup des boys and discusses how it is written and how it can be interpreted. … Continue reading

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Be Inspired! William Blake

‘A series of talks about inspirational writers would not be complete without William Blake’ is how David Fallon introduced his talk in the series recorded at the Be Inspired! event. David talks not only about Blake’s texts but also shows … Continue reading

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Be Inspired! Stephen Duck

In her talk about 18C working class poetry, Jennifer Batt tells us about Stephen Duck. He wrote about rural England in a way that was new, referring to unpleasant aspects of it like hard toil, sweat, and dirt. Duck rose … Continue reading

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Be Inspired! Shakespeare

Tiffany Stern talked about how plays were put together and how that affected how they were written in the first place. Actors were given a ‘part’ – only the text that he himself was going to say. The other parts … Continue reading

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