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“We Are” the exhibition by Andrew Rogers at Palazzo Mora in Venice, 11 May-26 November 2017

We are”, the latest work by the Australian sculptor Andrew Rogers, will be unveiled on Thursday 11 May as a collateral exhibition to the Venice Biennale 2017, 57th International Art Exhibition.  Presented by the Global Arts Affairs Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organization, the work will be on view in the gardens of Palazzo Mora in Venice until 26 November 2017.

The show features an installation comprising eight large bronze and stainless steel sculptures, twisting forms that reflect on the individual within community. In the production of his work, Rogers explores human emotion through the light, organic forms, and the representation of the individual causing a change. “We are” is a metaphor for the dichotomy of human nature and brings together sculptures from public and private collections around the world.

Belief in the individual as a catalyst for change informs Rogers’ work: “We are all individuals possessing the sanctity of a singular life and the ability to express ourselves. At the same time we are part of the society within which we live”.

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Living together on this earth: eco-sustainable narratives conference in Udine, 19-21 April 2017

“Living together on this earth” is a three-day conference on eco-sustainable narratives and environmental concerns in English literature to be held at the University of Udine on 19-21 April 2017. The conference, organized by the ANDA Association (Associazione Nazionale dei Docenti di Anglistica), aims discussing the way the English literature may contribute to our understanding of environmental issues and create a caring economy and foster alternative perspectives for the future of the earth.

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Tasmania Blues by Helen Hodgman

The book Tasmania Blues by Helen Hodgman has just been published in Italy. It was written in 1975 with the title Blue Skies and published in 1976, bringing to light many themes, including the burden of an isolated existence, the emotional confusion of early motherhood and the spiritual shadow of the vanished indigenous population of Tasmania. The novel has now been translated into Italian and published by Edizioni Socrates.

Helen Hodgman was born in Scotland in 1945 and lived in Great Britain until 1958, when, together with her family, she left for Tasmania. After some time she returned to Britain where she lived for 10 years and in 1975 she wrote her first novel Tasmania Blues (Blue Skies), which was published a year later by Gerald Duckworth& Co. The book was very successful and in subsequent years was reprinted by other British and Australian publishers (Penguin, Virago Press, The Text Publishing) and published by Knauss in German. Two years later Helen wrote another successful novel, Jack&Jill, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1979.  Subsequently, Helen returned to Australia and wrote further novels, Broken Words (1988) which won the Christina Stead Prize in 1989, Passing Remarks (1996), Waiting For Matindi (1998), The Bad Policeman (2001), which were all published by major publishing houses (Penguin, Random House, Allen&Unwin, Ballantine and Harmony Books) and greatly appreciated by the public.

Helen Hodgman now lives in Sydney and is seriously ill with Parkinson’s disease.