On Thursday, Friday and Saturday I attended a Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) conference at the University of Queensland called "The Long Twentieth Century". It was fantastic. With papers presented on a whole range of interesting topics such as: censorship, university and private presses, the future uses of books, literary cities and "book towns", the Nobel prize, aboriginal non-fiction book publishing, marginalia, and the "middlebrow". As well as papers that focused on specific texts and authors like Bobbin Up and Michael Dransfield (now out of print for the first time in thirty years).
The conference provided intellectual and PhD-related inspiration, but by Saturday night I was all but mentally exhausted. So spending a nice Sunday afternoon with a few friends and a glass of wine in hand while we watched on at the May Speedpoets event was a fine way to wind down and finish off the week.
I will now go back to watching all of the breaking news on all things bin Laden. Hope you had a great weekend; and for those in Queensland, I hope you had a great long weekend (for Labour Day).