Spurr long-listed for the 2012 Calibre Prize for Outstanding Essay

13 June 2012

Professor Barry Spurr
Professor Barry Spurr explores the themes of solitude in poetry in his Calibre Prize long-listed essay

One of the faculty's leading academics in poetry and poetics has been recognized at the forefront of his field after being long-listed for the nation's premier essay-writing competition.

Professor Barry Spurr's essay on Solitude has been long-listed for the esteemed Calibre Prize for Outstanding Essay of 2012, selected as among the top 20 works out of 200 entrants.

The Calibre Prize, presented annually by the Copyright Agency and the Australian Book Review, awards the most outstanding original essay contributed by a leading Australian author or commentator. The winner of the 2012 Calibre Prize will be announced in July.

Professor Spurr attributes his listing to a love of the essay genre.

"I've always been drawn to the essay form," he said. "I wrote my doctorate on one of the great twentieth-century essayists, Lytton Strachey.

"This prize competition was a good opportunity to explore the genre again and to combine that with my current interest in representations of solitude in poetry, which was the subject of my Inaugural lecture as Professor of Poetry last year."

As part of the Insights 2011: Inaugural Lecture series, hosted to celebrate new professorial appointments to the faculty, Professor Spurr delivered a talk on 'The Bliss of Solitude' in November last year.

Professor Spurr is set to deliver a free public lecture on Symbolism in Poetry as part of the 'Australian Symbolism Celebrity Events' at the Art Gallery of New South Wales's Art After Hours series on Wednesday 20 June from 6.30pm - 7pm.

For more information, visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales Art After Hours website.

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