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Non-Standard (3)

(This third section throws down some ideas about teaching Creative Writing that would obviously benefit from being revisited, particularly in terms of the power relationship inherent in mentor-tutee interactions, but the main intent is, I hope, evident: to carve out … Continue reading

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Love and the Romans, II

The great period of the love elegy, in which our five poets thrived, is actually quite brief. One hundred years, roughly, takes us from Catullus’ birth, around 84 BC, to Ovid’s death, in exile in Tomis in AD17. Within about … Continue reading

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Love and the Romans, I

(This is the text of the talk I gave on St Valentine’s Day at the McManus, Dundee, to accompany their marvellous exhibition of Roman artefacts. I’ve divided it into three parts.) In the play, ‘The Invention of Love’, Tom Stoppard … Continue reading

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