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	Image: Tom Roberts Holiday sketch at Coogee 1888 (detail). Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Coffee lectures: Portraits of Australian poets

With Professor Barry Spurr

Professor Barry Spurr presents the lives and works of two renowned Australian poets – Judith Wright and Les Murray.

In both lectures, the biographical, cultural and ideological backgrounds of the poets will be considered, and a selection of their best-known poems closely read to reveal the essence of their importance, both in the Australian context and more broadly. What are the distinctive characteristics of their voices and accomplishment and the reasons for their enduring appeal?

10.30am Coffee, Domain Theatre foyer
11am Talk, Domain Theatre

Image: Tom Roberts Holiday sketch at Coogee 1888 (detail). Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Saturday 19 and 26 July 2014, 10.30am

Single session:
$30 non-member
$25 member

Series pass:
$55 non-member
$45 member

Students with ID: $20

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


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Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre

Judith Wright

One of the most important Australian poets of the 20th century, Judith Wright expressed a range of personal experiences and concerns (such as the environment) in her poetry, with an arresting and distinctive voice.



Saturday 19 July 2014 10:30am – 12pm

Les Murray

Australia’s most celebrated contemporary poet, Les Murray has a keen sense of 'Australianness’ and of human experience at large, melded with moral and spiritual concerns, and mediated through an astonishing variety of poetic forms.



Saturday 26 July 2014 10:30am – 12pm