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The Week That Was 30 August – 3 September

Although we read last week Dan Brown was much in demand in Guantánamo Bay, it seems Britons everywhere can’t get rid of him fast enough. Still in the British Isles, a new anthology of Irish poetry has just been released, prompting Robert Gray of the Australian to compare Australian and Irish poetry through the ages.

In America, it seems that a lesser known author, Vance Bourjaily, has finally been given the recognition he deserves for his impact on American writing with an extended obituary in the New York Times, while a better known author, Joseph Conrad, will be given even more recognition as Heart of Darkness isturned into a graphic novel.


Catherine Anyango’s pencil drawings for Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

Much closer to home, two separate articles discuss the impact of indigenous writers in Australia; it seems in the last 20 years only 20 titles by indigenous authors have been published, and separately, at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Peter Sutton has been awarded the second John Button prize for his book on the state of indigenous Australians in remote communities.

Finally, it’s been a week since Tony Blair’s autobiography was released, and coverage seems to be unrelenting. At least The Guardian seems to have a sense of humour about it; they’ve hauled out Adrian Mole to update his diary with thoughts on reading Blair’s book.