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Monday Club with author Ceridwen Dovey

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker and alumnus

Author Ceridwen Dovey AB'03

speaking on

"Imagining Pompeii - using the ruins of Pompeii as a setting for fiction"


In Ceridwen Dovey's latest novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives  (Penguin Random House, March 2018), one strand of the narrative is set in the early 1970s in an archaeological dig within the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. Ceridwen will share some thoughts about her process of using real-life research done in Pompeii by extraordinary women (such as the Australian archaeologist Estelle Lazer, who studies Pompeii’s human remains) as the inspiration for her fiction, and reflect on some of the iconic images  that influenced aspects of her new novel.

Date: Monday 5 March 2017

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire


Ceridwen grew up between South Africa and Australia. She studied at Harvard as an undergraduate (Class of '03) and did her graduate studies in anthropology at New York University before returning permanently to Sydney. Her debut novel, Blood Kin, was selected for the U.S. National Book Foundation's prestigious '5 under 35' honours list and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award. The Wall Street Journal named her as one of their 'artists to watch.' Her second book, Only the Animals, won the inaugural 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award and the People's Choice award for fiction (joint with Joan London's The Golden Age) in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Her new novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, will be published in Australia in March 2018, and in the U.S., U.K. and France later this year. In October 2018, Writers on Writers: Ceridwen Dovey on J.M. Coetzee will be published as part of Black Inc.'s Writers on Writers series. Ceridwen also regularly writes non-fiction for and The Monthly.