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Debt in Venice
Code: 79  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Science & Environment, Business & Economics, Politics & Current Affairs, History
Friday, May 18 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Jane Gleeson-White, Geoffrey Lehmann (facilitator)
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Until there were tools to measure money, it was not possible to create ways of expanding wealth, argues Jane Gleeson-White in her fascinating account of the invention of double-entry bookkeeping, a radical instrument that facilitated the Renaissance and the ultimate development of capitalism. She talks to poet (and taxation lawyer) Geoffrey Lehmann.

Geoffrey Lehmann (Australian)

Geoffrey Lehmann has published seven collections of poetry and a Selected Poems and Collected Poems. He has edited two anthologies of Australian comic verse and co-edited (with Robert Gray) several anthologies of Australian poetry, the most recent being Australian Poetry Since 1788. He has been a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and continues to write as a literary reviewer for The Australian newspaper. His poems are widely published, most recently in The New Yorker.

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Jane Gleeson-White (Australian)

Jane Gleeson-White is the author of Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world – and how their invention could make or break the planet (2011), Australian Classics (2007) and Classics (2005). She is the fiction editor of Overland magazine and a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales. She has degrees in economics and literature and was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. She blogs at

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