June 23rd

Cleopatra: the most womanly of women and the most queenly of queens

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Cleopatra has been inspiring painters, poets and (more recently) film-makers for over two millennia. Their gorgeously voluptuous depictions of her offer insights into changing concepts of beauty, and into the racial and sexual assumptions underlying them. Lucy will show how Cleopatra became a screen icon onto which artists have projected their wildly differing fantasies about exotic danger and erotic bliss.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Lucy Hughes-Hallett is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Historical Association, Lucy has reviewed for all of the UK’s serious newspapers and for Radio 3’s Night Waves, judged five literary prizes, and spoken at numerous literary festivals. She teaches Creative Writing at Arcadia University and at Arvon.