This page is part of the 2007 FESTIVAL ARCHIVE.
Visit the current Melbourne Writers Festival website for details of the next festival.
24th August - 2nd September 2007
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All Melbourne Writers Festival events, except for the schools program, are booked through the Malthouse Theatre Box Office.

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(03) 9685 5111

(03) 9685 5112

In person:
CUB Malthouse Theatre
113 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006

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David Starkey

Dr David Starkey CBE was born in January 1945, the only child of poor Quaker parents in Kendal in England’s tranquil Lake District. His mother had a powerful influence on Starkey's formative years; he portrays his father as a gentle, somewhat ineffectual man.

Strong school results saw Starkey win a scholarship reading history at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he remains a Fellow. It was here that he first encountered the Tudor historian GR Elton – a stern father figure to rebel against according to Starkey – whose views on Cromwell he challenged in Revolution Reassessed (which Starkey co-edited).

While teaching history at the London School of Economics, Starkey embarked on his broadcasting career. In shows such as BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, Starkey cultivated his abrasive style, further bolstering his rebarbative reputation on his Talk Radio UK phone-in show, his brusque manner no barrier to high ratings.

As an historian, Starkey has unravelled Henry VIII’s intricate social etiquette, examined Catherine Howard’s fall, and salvaged the tarnished images of Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon. In 2004, he began a new Channel 4 series, Monarchy, and in 2006, took over as host of The Last Word (now Starkey's Last Word). He also contributes to many magazines and newspapers.

Starkey was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours list.

His combative style and wide knowledge of Tudor history have made him a popular presenter of many television and radio series.

David Starkey will be appearing:
Date: 25 August 2007
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Beckett Theatre

Presented byTrinity College
Speaker: Dr David Starkey CBE
Date: 29 August 2007
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts, University of Melbourne
Tickets: Bookings essential through or phone: 03 9348 7476.
Date: 31 August 2007
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Venue: Merlyn Theatre

Sponsored by Trinity College
Date: 1 September 2007
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Storey Hall

Presented by Trinity College
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