The need to house the dead is as old as the need to house the living. From the Ancient Egyptian pyramids to the Roman catacombs and Paris’s Père Lachaise cemetery, funerary architecture is not merely practical but also serves a commemorative purpose: a way to honour the dead and immortalise an impermanent life through a permanent edifice. Join acclaimed Australian author Jennifer Down (Bodies of Light) as she examines how the architecture of death represents the intersections of spirituality and pragmatism, art and functionality.

This is a free event. Bookings are not required, however we recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Jennifer Down (Australian)

Jennifer Down

Jennifer Down is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Age, The Saturday Paper, the Australian Book Review and Literary Hub. She is the author of the novels Bodies of Light, Pulse Points and Our Magic Hour. In 2018, Pulse Points was the winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year in 2017 and 2018 consecutively.