With Ian Kelly

Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) would be appalled by his contemporary reputation. Fiercely proud polymath and intellectual, the posthumous publication of his sexually frank memoirs utterly eclipsed his many other claims to fame.

In a lavishly illustrated talk, the historian, actor and dramatist Ian Kelly – will illuminate Casanova’s travels – even to Georgian Britain. Librettist, mathematician, trainee priest, lottery winner – Casanova was much more than just a sensualist – but on love and sex, too, he holds an important place in contemporary thinking on the continuing impact of the Enlightenment.

Ian Kelly’s ‘Casanova’ was named Sunday Times Biography of the Year 2008. The recent Northern Ballet ‘Casanova’ was based on the biography, scenario by Ian Kelly and Kenneth Tindall. It has just been filmed for digital broadcast.

This event will include ‘an audience with the author’ and book signing session.

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Thursday 5 Oct 2017


Fairfax House

£14.00 (£12.00 Friends & Members) includes post-lecture wine reception

Friends of Fairfax House