When writing her novel set in 1829 Iceland, Hannah Kent spent six weeks holed up in Iceland's national archives, museums and libraries, and visited the sites of the murder and execution that are the subject of Burial Rites. Beth Powning transported herself back to 17th-century England and America. 'I visualise a scene in its entirety. I imagine myself, in a visceral way, to be there; I see, smell, hear.' Sara Tilley discovered a mass of family documents - letters, logbooks, journals, ledgers - which became raw material for Duke. While research is great fun, and absolutely critical in getting the history 'right', the three authors talk about the balance between history and imagination in the historical novel. Says Powning, 'Too much research can kill the novel'.
When: Sunday 25 October 2015, 1.30pm
Where: Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street, V6H 3S4 BC, Canada
Tickets: $20 - purchase tickets online
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