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Author Talk: The Mystics Who Came to Dinner by Carmel Bendon

Author Talk: The Mystics Who Came to Dinner by Carmel Bendon

Date & Time

February 20, 2024 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

About The Mystics Who Came to Dinner

Dr Carmel Bendon shares insights into how her award-winning book, The Mystics Who Came to Dinner, came to be written. The book is a creative non-fiction that delivers the timeless insights and experiences of six of the greatest medieval Christian mystics in a unique and accessible form for a twenty-first century audience. When Francis of Assisi, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, The Cloud of Unknowing author, Richard Rolle, and Margery Kempe gather for dinner and lively conversation in a modern-day home setting, real people with emotions, personalities and human weaknesses are revealed. Carmel’s talk opens a window onto the lives of these extraordinary mystics, touches on the nature of authentic mystical experience, and describes the writing process that enabled her to make the ‘medieval’ world relevant for today. The talk is illustrated with images from medieval manuscripts.

About Carmel Bendon

Carmel has a PhD in Medieval Literature, a 1st Class Honours degree in Early English and is a specialist in the lives and writings of medieval mystics. She is a prize-winning author and presenter on ‘all things medieval’ with publications including the influential academic book Mysticism and Space, the novel Grasping at Water, and the creative non-fiction The Mystics Who Came to Dinner which was awarded 2nd Place in its category at the 2023 Catholic Media of America Awards. Carmel is a regular speaker at libraries, museums and interest groups throughout Australia, has been enrichment lecturer for the Princess Cruise line, and has regular chat spots on ABC radio nationally.

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February 20, 2024 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

Henry Carmichael Theatre

280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

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