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Session 3: Writing a Life: Reflections on Biography
History Matters Series
Biography is one of the most enduring and popular forms of life writing. It attracts millions of readers and encompasses anything from celebrity gossip to a book size rescue of someone from oblivion. In latter years new forms of biography and personal memory sources have emerged which strengthen its claims as the best way to write history. Our two presenters this month discuss the strengths and challenges for the biographer.
Public history shapes our communities’ understandings of the past. This series will explore the issues that stimulate and bedevil the work of public historians. This seminar series aims to encourage a more reflective approach to the practice of history and create conversations across a diverse cohort of practitioners. All welcome.
Presented by Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT) and Oral History NSW.
Helen Ennis, author of Olive Cotton: a life in Photography (Harper Collins 2019)
Margo Beasley, professional historian working on a biography of Eric Dark
Dr Kylie Andrews