Sarah Dunant talk

29 August, 2013
6.00pm - 7.30pm


The Power Institute with Sydney Ideas is proud to present a talk by Sarah Dunant. In this talk, Dunant, bestselling author of the Italian renaissance trilogy The Birth of Venice, In the Company of the Courtesan and Sacred Hearts and most recently Blood and Beauty, will share the secrets of her trade. To recreate the past as a living, breathing place Sarah has visited churches, archives museums and art galleries all over Italy. In a sumptuously illustrated talk she tells the story of her discoveries; how the decoding of old paintings and the work of the most modern historians helped her to penetrate hidden worlds inside the Renaissance, finding wonder and drama in ordinary lives and exploring the complexities of politics and religion along with emotion, the senses and the heady appetites of body – and soul.

Sarah Dunant is a writer, broadcaster and critic who lives in London and Florence. While her early novels were mainly contemporary thrillers, her more recent publications are more historically based. Her recent best-selling trilogy published prior to Blood and Beauty for example, explored the lives and perceptions of Women in the Italian Renaissance. Dunant was a founding vice patron of the Orange Prize for women's fiction and sits on the editorial board of the Royal Academy magazine. She also reviews for The Times, The Guardian, and The Independent on Sunday. Dunant teaches creative writing at The Faber Academy in London and biennially at Washington University in St Louis on their renaissance studies course. She is also a creative writing fellow at Oxford Brookes University.

Location: Law Lecture Theatre 101 New Law School, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney