Book Review: The Midnight Watch by David Dyer (Penguin Books, 2016)

It has just gone midnight on April 15 1912, and Herbert Stone — second officer aboard the SS Californian — is about to take watch. Across the Atlantic ice field that has halted his own ship’s progress for the night lies another, a passenger steamer, her lights dim. Stone is expecting a quiet night, but when a white rocket emerges from the darkened ship, followed by seven more, the sparks from their trails lingering in the night sky, he calls upon his captain for advice. They’re distress signals, undoubtedly, but the distant ship isn’t responding to his morse lamp messages. Captain Lord, “Lord of the Californian,” does nothing.... Read More | Share it now!

The Delighted Spirit: Shakespeare at UQ (events running until November 2016)

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, arguably the most famous name in English literature. Ready to usher in this literary milestone, the University of Queensland has put together an impressive line-up of events. These include public lectures, symposiums, film screenings, and of course, theatrical performances, all aimed at celebrating the incredible oeuvre of a glove-maker’s son.... Read More | Share it now!