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Seven Sonnets and A Song: A Conversation with Paul Kelly & Richard Flanagan

Theatre B117
Melbourne School of Design

The University of Melbourne, Parkville

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To coincide with the day Shakespeare died 400 years ago, Paul Kelly has released a mini-album Seven Sonnets & A Song. It features him singing six Shakespeare sonnets and a song from Twelfth Night, as well as a Sir Philip Sidney sonnet sung by Vika Bull.

Richard Flanagan and Paul Kelly, two great Australian storytellers, come together to talk about Kelly’s literary journey in music and poetry, the influence of literature on his writing, and his influence on literature. Paul will also discuss his new album of Shakespeare’s sonnets and perform a selection.

Paul Kelly has recorded twenty studio albums as well as several film soundtracks (Lantana and Jindabyne) and two live albums, in an influential career spanning more than thirty years. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997. His first work of prose How To Make Gravy, a self described ‘mongrel memoir’, was published to acclaim in 2010 with Penguin and is accompanied by a CD box set of live recordings and an audio book with readings from Paul and some of Australia’s finest actors Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Judy Davis and Ben Mendelssohn.

Richard Flanagan is the Boisbouvier Founding Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne. His books include Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting. The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

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