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Curtin University Library. Elizabeth Jolley Collection. Graduation address. Macquarie University, Sydney. CUL00001/10/32.

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Both Elizabeth Jolley and Jessica Anderson (a writer much admired by her) are awarded Honorary Doctors of Letters at this graduation ceremony. Jolley, having been introduced by then Vice Chancellor Diane Yerbury, gives an 8-minutes graduation address which draws on favourite writers (Evelyn Pearce, Thomas Traherne and William Wordsworth), and recurs to constant themes in her work - people’s needs and desires and how they can issue in violence, the remedy of "celebrating human life" through cherishing and"thoughfulness and understanding," and the love that assuages loneliness. Duration 70 minutes.