For historian Mark McKenna (From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories) music and writing are intimately connected. Exploring the relationship between music and the literary imagination, Mark poses some interesting questions. Why do some writers require music, and others need silence? Do particular kinds of music enhance particular kinds of writing? Can music improve our capacity for insight? And could there be parallels between various musical interpretations of the same score and historians’ different interpretations of the same document?

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Mark McKenna (Australian)

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Mark McKenna is one of Australia's leading historians. A professor of history at the University of Sydney, his books have won several national awards while his essays and commentary appear regularly in The Monthly, Australian Book Review and The Australian. His most recent book is From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

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Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a senior research fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.