A Pome- from a recently discovered Manuscript of a play by W. Shakespeare

Spring is come

The grass is riz

Oi wonder where the flowers iz

But Shakespeare was wrong this time: the flowers are blooming, exploding around Sydney now in the dead of winter!!. This is the amazing aspect of living on the 33rd parallel: the seasons cannot make up their minds: is it winter? is it spring? and in just over one month it will indeed be officially be spring.

So welcome one and all to another wonderful semester of English and American Literature in these cool, sunny climes! I look forward to meeting you all and sharing the delights of literature over the next 12 weeks. In Oz Lit and in Am. Lit we have Jess Brooks helping in the teaching and the marking. You will all love her up to date take on the literature we are studying: welcome Jess!

This morning I walked steeply from Berowra Waters up this wonderful bush path, swathed in heavy mist up towards Cowan. At the top this wonderful vista appeared- with a view from above of the heavy mist that we trudged through. This is a real promise of things to come:


  5 comments for “A Pome- from a recently discovered Manuscript of a play by W. Shakespeare

  1. July 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    I live in #Birmingham in the West Midlands England just 25 miles from Stratford upon Avon the ‘Home of the Bard’ …..if you are interested in some levity around the Bard have a look at ‘Upstart Crow’ on BBC iplayer starring David Mitchell the comedian married to Victoria Coren-Mitchell as it portrays Will as a Brummie….!!!!!.if you are ever in Birmingham England please look me up as we have a Shakespeare First Folio donated by William Tangye a Victorian entrepreneur who invented hydraulic lifting gear in the Library of Birmingham and George Dawson the #Birmingham philosopher who preached the ‘Civic Gospel’ in Brummagem: ‘The Best Governed City in The Empire’ which I will show you in the #Birmingham Shakespeare Library on the 5th floor of the #LibraryofBirmingham

    • July 29, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Keith…. I plan to be in the UK (mainly London) at the end of October…. thanks for the invite!

      • July 30, 2019 at 12:15 am

        No problem Michael……if you are in Birmingham look me up……keithbracey1’gmail.com …….I look forward to meeting you……will you be here for the Ashes at all?


        Keith Bracey

  2. July 28, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Reblogged this on keithbracey and commented:
    #Shakespeare was a #Brummie….as Stratford upon Avon is but 25 miles from #Birmingham @BrummieBard @1truclaretnblu

  3. July 30, 2019 at 12:22 am

    The Birmingham Edgbaston Ashes Test starts this Thursday……My sister is going with my son on Saturday as is my boss and his brother, Dad and nephew…..should be great…..hopefully England can win again at ‘Fortress Edgbaston’ where we are unbeaten in all formats since 2001……!!!! Who can forget the Edgbaston Test of 2005 where England won by 2 runs……???? Fantastic! I love my cricket and played in the Birmingham League, the oldest existing professional Cricket League in the world, founded in 1888…….Enjoy the Tests…..naturally I am hoping for an England victory but I think it will be close, with both teams struggling in the batting and the key being the English bowling attack in English conditions…..if we get a long hot dry spell that will favour your fellow countrymen!

    Best wishes

    Keith Bracey
    Facilities Technician
    Institute of Biomedical Research]
    University of Birmingham
    Medical School
    ]B15 2TT

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