West Horsley Place is delighted to welcome acclaimed author, classicist and cultural critic Daisy Dunn for our first literary talk. This will be a special opportunity to learn about Daisy's fascinating new work In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny in the beautiful setting of the Stone Hall. After her talk Daisy will welcome questions from the audience. Copies of In the Shadow of Vesuvius will be available to buy with Daisy rounding off the evening with a book signing. 

The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 devastated Pompeii, Herculaneum and much of the Bay of Naples. The most famous victim of the disaster was Pliny the Elder, an historian, admiral of the fleet, and author of the first full-length encyclopaedia. His nephew, Pliny the Younger, survived. Daisy Dunn discusses the course and aftermath of the eruption through the eyes of these two great Romans.

All profits from ticket sales will help the Mary Roxburghe Trust to restore and rejuvenate West Horsley Place. 

Daisy Dunn is an author, classicist and cultural critic. Her most recent books, all published in 2019, are In The Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny, Of Gods and Men: 100 Stories from Ancient Greece & Rome, and the Ladybird Expert book on Homer Her first two books, Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet, and The Poems of Catullus: A New Translation, were published by HarperCollins on both sides of the Atlantic in 2016. The same year, Daisy was named in the Guardian as one of the leading female historians. 
Daisy is particularly interested in the ancient world and its afterlife from the Renaissance forwards. Her doctorate, which she was awarded at UCL in 2013, spanned eighth-century BC Greece to sixteenth-century Italy. Her expertise lies in the history of the late Roman Republic and early Empire, literature of Greece and Rome, and art of Renaissance Italy.
Daisy contributes features, reviews, and comment articles to the Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, History Today, Literary Review, The London Magazine, New Statesman, Newsweek, The Oldie, The Times, Sunday Times, Spectator, Standpoint, TLS, Apollo Magazine, Catholic Herald, and in the US she contributes to The LA Review of Books, New Criterion, and Lit Hub. Representing her former Oxford college St Hilda’s, Daisy played 3 matches of the 2016 University Challenge Christmas Special on BBC 2, where she met our very own Bamber Gascoigne. Daisy has contributed to the BBC World Service, recorded two short films for BBC Ideas, and in 2015 her essay ‘An Unlikely Friendship: Oscar Wilde and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’ was longlisted for the international £20,000 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize.
Daisy read Classics at the University of Oxford, before completing a Master’s in the History of Art at the Courtauld in London, where she was awarded a scholarship for her work on Titian, Venice and Renaissance Europe. In the course of completing her doctorate, Daisy was recipient of the AHRC doctoral award, the Gay Clifford Award for Outstanding Women Scholars, and an Italian Cultural Society scholarship. She has taught Latin at UCL and continues to give talks and lectures in museums, galleries, and at festivals. She was formerly trustee and Executive Officer of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers. She is now Editor of ARGO, a journal published through the Hellenic Society, founded in 1879.
We look forward to welcoming her and you. 
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