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Author in-conversation: researching biography

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21 March 2017, 11:00am12:15pm

Join Minna Muhlen-Schulte and Dr Sandra McComb, contributors to the March issue of The La Trobe Journal, in a conversation about researching and writing biographical articles.The talk will be chaired by the Library's Dr Kelly Gardiner and includes a viewing of items from the Manuscripts and Pictures collections.

About the speakers

  • Minna Muhlen-Schulte was the 2014 Berry Family Fellow at State Library Victoria. She has a Master in Public History from Monash University and has worked on a range of history and arts projects for community organisations and local and state governments.
  • Dr Sandra McComb has been head of both Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press in Australia. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, and an independent writer and researcher. Her doctoral thesis was a biographical study of the late 19th-century collectors and creators of art and objects who formed a platform for art and anthropology in this country. Her current interests include Indigenous and colonial history, and the legacies of World War II in Australia.
  • Dr Kelly Gardiner writes historical fiction for readers of all ages. Her latest novel is 1917: Australia’s Great War. Kelly’s previous books include the young adult novels Act of faith and The sultan’s eyes – both of which were shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – and Goddess, a novel for adults based on the life of the 17th-century French swordswoman and opera singer, Mademoiselle de Maupin. She is the Learning Design Manager at State Library Victoria and teaches writing at La Trobe University. Kelly is also the co-host of Unladylike, a podcast about women and writing.