Friday November 27, 2009

Follow Scott's Last Expedition

So. Polar Expedition - Capt. Scott and his exploration ship: TERRA NOVA (LOC)

So. Polar Expedition – Capt. Scott and his exploration ship: TERRA NOVA (LOC) by The Library of Congress, on Flickr

The University of Cambridge are publishing day by day the expedition diary of polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, RN. It’s from this diary that we know of Lawrence Oates and his selfless act of sacrifice. Aware that his injuries were jeopardizing the lives of the party, Oates left the tent and walked to his death. Scott wrote that Oates’ last words were, “I am just going outside and may be some time.”

The Scott’s Last Expedition blog is a chance to relive the daily events of the Terra Nova Expedition, as recorded by Robert Falcon Scott in his famous journal. By republishing the entries as a daily blog, we hope to give the reader new insights into the scale and scope of Scott’s experience.

Dividing the text into daily blog entries – combined with a twitter account and RSS feed – and linking to the famous photographs held in the Scott Polar Research Institute, means that the latest communication technology will add an extra dimension to a well known text: the dimension of time. We will follow the expedition’s progress day by day, over many months, beginning with its departure from New Zealand, and ending with its tragic and heroic conclusion.

This form of publishing is not new. Phil Gyford serialised Samuel Pepys’ London diary as a blog, with the entry of 1 January 1660 posted on the corresponding day in 2003. But it’s an effective and engaging form and we won’t be surprised to find more books and written works published like this in the future!

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Sunday January 18, 2009

What to read next?

We have a range of new services this year that we hope will help answer that question.

Mosman Readers
Join our readers’ community. See what other people are reading, add your own reviews, and meet like-minded readers! Marisa Raoul – author of Ma Folie Française (My French Folly)dropped in last week.

NextReads
Don’t know what to read next? Here’s the answer. Subscribe to NextReads and get a monthly list of recommended books delivered to your email inbox.

More recommended reading
Try these electronic resources to find your next good read. Mosman Library subscribes to a number of online databases for the benefit of its members.

Book clubs
One of the benefits of a reading group is that it allows you to discover new authors, topics and genres. Mosman Library hosts and supports local book clubs. If you are thinking of starting a book club, take advantage of our book club kits.

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Monday October 20, 2008

Great resource for HSC literature students

98% of the texts being studied for the 2009–2012 HSC are in Literary Reference Centre, an online database that you can access from anywhere with your Mosman Library card.

This is a great source of information on all aspects of literature.

  • You can find plot summaries, literary criticism, reviews, journal articles and biographical information on authors and their works.
  • The Literary Glossary and Dictionary help you define terms.
  • The Literary-Historical Timeline can be used to pinpoint movements in literature and when works were written.
  • The Full Text Classics section reproduces works – like Antigone, Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey and all of Shakespeare’s works – in full text.
  • The Literary context in Novels / Poetry / Short Stories / Plays / Essays / Memoirs gives you the societal, religious, historical, scientific and technological, biographical contexts of a work.

Log-in here and enter your Mosman Library card number.

Mosman Library subscribes to a number of online databases. Access our electronic resources online or at the Library.

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Friday August 15, 2008

2008 Children's Book of the Year winners announced

Looking for a book for your child or teen? Have a look at the winners of the CBCA Book of the Year award.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a volunteer run, not for profit, organisation that was established in 1945 and is comprised of individual members who are passionate about children’s and young adult literature.

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Friday January 18, 2008

Read a good book this summer? Tell someone about it!

Join Mosman Library’s summer reading program for adults and you could win fabulous prizes. Read a book, write a short review and go into the draw. Winners will be drawn each week in January.

Just ask our friendly staff for your review form when you check out your books or submit your review online.

Here’s what some of our patrons have been recommending…

Read more...

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Monday October 9, 2006

Google Books Shakespeare

Shakespeare has been ‘Googled’. This site allows you to browse through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays as well as providing links to related scholarly research and videos of theatre performances of the plays.

The complete works of Shakespeare at your fingertips.

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Thursday April 13, 2006

Blog literati

Skye Rogers is talking at Mosman Library on May 17 about her new book, Drink Me. Anne H sent us a link to an interesting blog post about the book and suggested we list some literary weblogs here.

This is a good place to start: The Guardian’s top 10 picks.

If you have any favourites or recommendations, please leave a comment.

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Wednesday January 25, 2006

Hey Kids!

If you would like to see some of your favourite authors such as Garth Nix, Jackie French and Kate Forsyth being interviewed for a new TV show, then here is your chance.

Groovedelicious TV will be interviewing these and many other authors on Saturday February 18th in Chatswood. They are looking for kids and adults to come along and be a part of the studio audience. But hurry, spaces are limited.

Details are on the Groovedelicious TV site.

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Friday October 7, 2005

Short story / poetry competition – call for entries

The Society of Women Writers, Tasmania, presents a writing competition, in two categories – Short Story (1000 – 3000 words) and Poetry (10 – 100 lines). The competition is open to all writers Australia-wide, and the theme is open.

They are offering a prize of $500.00 in each category with an entry fee of $5.00 per entry. The competition runs to 30th November.

Further details can be sourced by email  or download an entry form.

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Saturday August 6, 2005

National Jazz Writing Competition

Been listening to any Australian jazz recently? Do you know your stuff? If you’re a fan of Aussie jazz and able to string a few words together, why not enter the National Jazz Writing Competition, for a chance to win $750 and publication in The Bulletin magazine and on Australia’s National Jazz Website.

All you need to submit: Two reviews of Australian CDs and one review of a live gig.

Deadline for entries: 9 September 2005

The winning entry will be announced at Australia’s most important jazz festival – the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz (28-31 October 2005).

For an entry form visit www.njw.jazz.org.au

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