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To Be Continued

Huge congrats to our collaborator Katherine Bode

Katherine Bode, Associate Professor at the Australian National University and our collaborator on How I Pawned My Opals and Other Lost Stories, has been awarded a $950,000 Australian Research Council Future Fellowship for a project that will generate new knowledge of literary culture and digital approaches to research in the humanities.

ARC Future Fellowships support research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. They are specifically designed to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers, who too often choose to work overseas to further their careers due to lack of opportunities in Australia.

Obiter is very pleased to be working with one of the best and brightest scholars in Australia!

Yes, we do have a book coming!

Nell has a friend in need but will her kind heart wreck her chance for future happiness? Is Marie’s runaway kookaburra the last straw or the answer to her problems? A meddlesome prank and a stray kitten bring Helen and Gabriel together but will he be able to admit his feelings? Will Teresa’s faith in the Madonna bring her beloved Carlo home safely from the coral fishing? When Lily goes missing will Archibald trust his wife or listen to the ‘evidence’ of his domineering mother?

We think you will enjoy meeting the loyal, wilful and feisty heroines in Catherine Martin’s nineteenth-century tales of manners. How I Pawned My Opals and Other Lost Stories is a collaboration between Obiter and Dr Katherine Bode, Associate Professor at the Australian National University working in digital humanities, literary studies and book history. Catherine Martin (1848?-1937) was the author of poems, essays, short stories and novels, including the popular An Australian Girl (1890). All her stories in this collection were published in the Australian press between 1881 and 1898 but they have never been published in book form before.

Katherine Bode’s Australian Research Council funded project, To Be Continued, has unearthed an astonishing bibliographic index and full-text archive of fiction in Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1955. How I Pawned My Opals is just the first tapping of this rich vein of lost fiction.