In the course of researching and writing a novel about Virginia Woolf’s husband Leonard, acclaimed author Sophie Cunningham has given great thought to the lives and ideologies of the Bloomsbury Set. She delivers an enthralling talk about why – despite their beliefs being periodically dismissed as the antics of well-heeled bohemians – the questions they raised remain relevant. From sexuality, gender and fascism to the hypocrisies of social convention, their contemplations are worthy of review in newly populist times.

Sophie Cunningham (Australian)

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham is the author of five books, the latest of which is City of Trees. She is a former editor of Meanjin, former Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and a co-founder of The Stella Prize, an Australian prize for women writers. She is currently completing her third novel, This Devastating Fever. She is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University in the School of Media and Communication in the College of Design and Social Context.

Sam Shpall (Australian)

Sam Shpall

Sam Shpall is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He has taught at the University of Southern California, Yale University, and the Yale Law School. He also worked in four New York State Correctional Facilities as a faculty member of the Bard Prison Initiative. Dr. Shpall’s main interests are in ethics, moral psychology, social philosophy, and the philosophy of literature. He is currently writing about love, friendship, and Elena Ferrante.