Associate Professor Barry Spurr (MLitt Oxon MA PhD Syd FACE) has been a member of the English Department at Sydney University for more than 30 years. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in recognition of an ‘outstanding contribution to education’. Professor Spurr is the author of several internationally-acclaimed books, including Studying Poetry (2nd edn., Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2006) and See the Virgin Blest: The Virgin Mary in English Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2007). He has also written the standard account of Lytton Strachey's prose style (Edwin Mellen, New York, 1995) and a study of liturgical language (The Word in the Desert, Lutterworth, Cambridge, 1995). He has published extensively, in chapters in books and refereed articles, on poets such as Donne, Milton and T.S. Eliot. He recently (2007) convened an international conference on 'The Legacy of T.S. Eliot' and he is currently writing a study of Eliot's Anglo-Catholicism, due for publication in 2009 (Lutterworth, Cambridge).