Michael Ondaatje


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  1. Dear Trident Media,

    I have been advised by Penguin Random House Canada to contact you regarding a permission request I have to use a poem by Michael Ondaatje.

    I’m hoping to confirm permission to include the poem ‘Proust in the Waters’ written by Michael Ondaatje (The Cinnamon Peeler, Vintage, 1992) in our 2021 sample VCE Literature examination for final year students of Literature here in the state of Victoria, Australia. This poem is featured in the anthology Language for a New Century (Norton, 2008) which is on the prescribed Year 12 Literature text list.

    The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) is a not-for-profit organisation supporting the teaching and learning of secondary English in the state of Victoria, Australia. The sample Literature exam is produced by VATE to support students studying Year 12 Literature as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education. We will be printing approximately 3,500 copies of the exam and selling them at a price of AUD $10 per copy – the purchase price is only to cover the costs of production and printing. The Literature exam is only available as a print copy and we hope to have the Literature exam ready by the start of August 2021.

    Please let me know if you require any further information and I would be grateful if you could confirm having received this email.

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

    With thanks, Josephine

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