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A public lecture by Sarah Dunant - Getting under their skins: History, fiction and art

Join us for this public lecture by international best-selling author Sarah Dunant on Wednesday 7 September at 6pm.

In this sumptuously illustrated lecture*, Sarah Dunant, international bestselling author of the Italian Renaissance shares 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. Here she tells the story of her discoveries; how the decoding of old paintings alongside 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’s novels include the acclaimed trilogy "The Birth of Venus”, “In the Company of the Courtesan” and “Sacred Hearts” and most recently the first volume of a novel about the Borgia family, “Blood and Beauty”. Her novels have also been translated into Italian.

The lecture will take place at The Monash University Prato Centre on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 6pm. 

*Please note that the lecture will be in English.

Sarah Dunant
Sarah Dunant studied history at Newnham College Cambridge in the 1970s, from where she went on to become a writer, broadcaster, teacher and critic. She has written twelve novels, four of which have been short listed for awards, three screen plays and edited two books of essays. She worked for many years with the BBC in radio and television. She presented BBC 2 TV’s highly regarded live arts programme The Late Show for seven years, among other things chairing the coverage of the Booker prize. And she is now a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s talk series: A Point of View.

Her most recent novels, set within the Italian Renaissance, weave cutting edge historical scholarship into fast moving popular fiction and have become international best sellers, translated into thirty languages.

Blood and Beauty, 2013
Sacred Hearts, 2010
In the Company of the Courtesan, 2007
The Birth of Venus, 2004

She has taught Renaissance studies at Washington University, St Louis, creative writing at the Faber academy and for the last five years has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Oxford Brookes’ creative writing master course.

This year she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university for her services to higher education and writing.

Her latest novel “In the Name of the Family’, the second part of the Borgia story, will be published next March (2017).