David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

05 May 2016

Melbourne Knowledge Week event (advertisement received today)

Public programs

Melbourne Knowledge Week event 
Friday 6 May 12.30—1.30pm
Ideas inspired across the generations fuel this multidisciplinary event. A team of academics and guests will encourage an audience to generate big ideas on making a place 'age-friendly'.
Experts in design, art, population and global health lead a discussion on what makes a place open to all.
The University of Melbourne is proud to present this event as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, an initiative of the City of Melbourne.
Free, all welcome. Booking required, RSVP here.

 Visitors enjoying Christine Dean's artwork Pink Squares (detail)
 2015  Photo: Jodie Hutchinson

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