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Top authors discuss 'Renaissance Reincarnations'

Posted on 28 May 2013

Authors Germaine Greer, Robert Hutchinson, Catherine Fletcher, and Pamela Hartshorne will offer an insight into the process of re-creating Renaissance personalities for a modern audience at an event organised by the University of York.

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Open to all, ‘Renaissance Reincarnations on the Page’ on Saturday, 15 June at St William’s College, York, will explore how Renaissance afterlives are created in historical fiction and biography.

Academic, journalist and author Germaine Greer is one of the best known feminist voices since her much-debated book The Female Eunuch was published in 1970. She will be talking about her biography of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway and answering questions about her work.

Archaeologist, historian, and author Robert Hutchinson, will talk about his recent biographies of Thomas Cromwell and Sir Francis Walsingham, sharing his thoughts on the process of writing afterlives for personalities who have already acquired significant cultural awareness. He will be interviewed by Catherine Fletcher whose own book, Our Man in Rome, focuses on the Tudor court.

Participants at the free event can also take part in a workshop on writing commercial historical fiction, led by popular author, Pamela Hartshorne.  As Jessica Hart, she has written 60 books for Mills & Boon. Time’s Echo, her first historical novel based on Elizabethan York was published in 2012.

This event will be of interest to anyone who has ever imagined travelling back in time to meet 16th and 17th century persons or anyone who is curious about why we keep writing and buying books about Renaissance personalities

Dr Varsha Panjwani

The event organised by Dr Varsha Panjwani, from York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, and Dr Chloe Preedy, from the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of English, is part of a wider ongoing project exploring the practical processes involved in re-imagining early modern lives for 20th and 21st-century readers and spectators.

Dr Panjwani said: “This event will be of interest to anyone who has ever imagined travelling back in time to meet 16th and 17th century persons or anyone who is curious about why we keep writing and buying books about Renaissance personalities. I am excited about this event which promises to be fun and provocative given the range and expertise of our speakers.”

The event is funded by the University of York Research Fund and is supported by York’s Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

‘Renaissance Reincarnations on the Page’ at St William’s College, York, on Saturday, 15 June from 1.30-6pm is free to attend, but places are limited and pre-booking is essential. Email renaissance.reincarnations@gmail.com to book.

Notes to editors:

  • For further information on the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television visit www.york.ac.uk/tftv

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