Athenapallas's Blog

April 20, 2010

Modern Hermes or How Twitter saved Australian Literature

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Just when I thought I was the only one that mattered another god has manifested  in the modern world. He is an old mate of mine from way back,  but we’ve been out of touch for many centuries.  

There was a time when he was a bit too irritating as the messenger of my father Zeus  to the mortals. This was usually my job particularly if they were gorgeous looking heroes.

Some of you may know this modern messenger,

 William Kostakis, particularly if  you are a tween who twitters.

Modern Athenas now know him because the NSW  Writers Centre had the foresight to include  his  Blogging For Beginners course  in its program. 

Now I’m not one to give praise lightly particularly to members of the not-so-fair sex, but  William is as easy on the eye as Adonis, and he has all the skills of Hermes, also a handsome youth if you forget about his strange winged feet.  

 Hermes was  also the god of writing, wit, and language. So no surprise that William presented a course that was not only entertaining but also full of the relevant information, great ideas and specific tasks.

And he did this in a way that  even the most nervous cyberentrants could grasp without  having to bear a heavy load or take to the wine as if we were in the  temple of Dionysus.

William  is an excellent  messenger, receiving and answering 250 emails from eager class particpants in the week between his two teaching sessions. And he demonstrated his power to us during the course with his open letter to the TV program Sunrise where he gave them heaps on behalf of living Australian writers.

But hey, I don’t have to sing his praises, other people will do it for me.

Follow the links on my site to all the Modern Anthenas who were in his course.

Their blogs are proof of his teaching and mentoring skills.

One more thing about Hermes, he accompanied dead people to the underworld.

Not sure what that means for William.

Maybe he can enlighten us. 

Perhaps making sure that all the dead forms of writing  go to where they belong?

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