I am a big fan of Chinese poetry. It is slightly more accessible than the Japanese variety, including haiku and tends to be a real feast of the senses. The following is from the Chinese master Du Fu (712-770.)

Each piece of flying blossom leaves spring the less,

I grieve as myriad points float in the wind.

I watch the last ones pass before my eyes,

And cannot have enough wine pass my lips.

Kingfishers nest by the little hall on the river,

A unicorn lies at the tomb near the enclosure.

One must go gladly at nature’s gentle call,

For what use is the trap of empty titles?

Du Fu

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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