Prior to Sunday’s performance of Sacred Hearts, Secret Music, meet with Sarah Dunant; the best-selling author of Sacred Hearts which is shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Introduced by Dr. James Knowles, Professor at UCC, with renowned musicologist, Dr. Laurie Stras.
Sarah Dunant is the bestselling author of the internationally acclaimed The Birth of Venus.
Her latest novel; Sacred Hearts, has been short-listed for the inaugural Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. It follows an unwilling young novitiate inside the the walls of a sixteenth century Benedictine Convent in Ferrara, Italy. Having read History at the University of Cambridge, her work is renowned for its vigorous research.
On Sacred Hearts Sarah worked closely with Dr Laurie Stras and Deborah Roberts of Musica Secreta in creating the soundscape of the convent. This artistic collaboration evolved into the event ‘Sacred Hearts, Secret Music’ which is the Festival’s closing concert.
We’ve invited Sarah to begin her visit to Cork with an open discussion at 1pm Friday in the Glucksman Gallery, with renowned musicologist, Dr. Laurie Stras and introduced by Professor James Knowles, professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at UCC. Come and meet this brilliant author who makes history dance and sing within the pages of her prize-winning novels.
Amanda Craig in her review of Sacred Hearts in the Telegraph writes: ‘the power of Dunant’s imagination, the vigour of her scholarship and the lucidity of her style make this a novel that, in addressing unfashionable questions about the price of religious faith, is as intelligent as it is enjoyable.’