For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clark – a discussion in the library 12th August 2015 * Change of date*

Please note the change of date for this event

An opportunity to discuss some of our most influential books with Humanities and Creative Arts scholars from UNE.

When: 5.30-6.30pm, Wednesday 12th August 2015

Where: Armidale Dumaresq Council War Memorial Library, 122 Faulkner Street Armidale


Marcus Clark, For the Term of His Natural Life, David Roberts and Matt Allen

For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke was a serialised novel that about the Australian convict system, which first appeared in the early 1870s.  Drawing on real stories, the book helped to draw attention to the importance of convicts to Australia’s history and to popularise a view of transportation as a brutal and unfair system, shaping the mythology of convictism ever since.

Presented by Dr Matthew Allen who is a Lecturer in Historical Criminology and whose research focuses on alcohol, drinking and drunkenness and on magistrates, policing and summary justice in colonial NSW, and Emeritus Professor Julian Croft who has had a long interest in Australian literature, and taught literature for many years at UNE. He is retired, but continues to publish poetry and fiction, as well as literary criticism.

Discussions planned for the remainder of the year:

  • Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, with Jennifer Clark and Robyn Bartel 2nd September 2015

Picture Credit: Ball and chain, indiamos