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2024 Schedule

Join us as award-winning authors Natasha Trethewey and Fintan O’Toole deliver the 2024 Richard Ellmann Lectures on the theme of “Writing Lives.” 

Book sales and signing will follow each event.

March 3, 2024
4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
The House of Being: Why I Write

In this lecture, Natasha Trethewey traces the origins of her writing life through the inherited geography of her childhood and her need to create new metaphors to inhabit. She examines writing as a process of reclamation: of our own lives and the stories of the vanished, forgotten, and erased.

March 4, 2024
6:30 - 7:30 P.M.
Crediting Marvels: Experience, Imagination and the Biographer's Dilemma

In this lecture, Fintan O'Toole, who is working on the official biography of Seamus Heaney, reflects on the challenges of mapping the relationship between a writer's experiences on the one hand and the transmutations of life into imagery on the other. How can a biography reveal the roots of art in personal and public history without reducing it to the circumstances of its creation? How can it avoid, as Hamlet has it, plucking out the heart of the artistic mystery?

March 5, 2024
6:30 - 7:30 P.M.
Creativity Conversation
Ellmann Lectures Location
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
1700 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

All events are located at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on the Emory University Campus.

Campus Parking

Enter the parking deck from North Decatur Road.