Sunset Lecture Series

Series 2 by Popular Demand

A sunset lecture series by Zoom

We have all heard of innovation when it comes to Scandinavian design, but what sort of innovation have Danes, Norwegians and Swedes introduced into the arts? In painting, literature, music, philosophy, crime fiction, theatre and architecture, Scandinavians have often been at the forefront of change and progress. I have chosen four Scandinavian trailblazers – their achievements and legacies are just a small sample of the incredible talent found in this remarkable part of the world.

Meet the highly influential playwright who founded modern theatre and whose on-stage feminism was not reflected in his private life. Then there’s the troubled painter who captured on canvas all the angst of our modern world, the actress nicknamed ‘The Divine’ who retired aged only 35, and the author who, despite his stories being loved the world over, never found the fairy tale happiness for which he longed.

Mondays 18, 25 Oct. and 1, 8 Nov. 2021, 5 – 6.15pm (AEST)

Back by popular demand! You asked for more, so I invite you to join me again, this time in Viking-Land, for more trailblazing new talks.

Travel virtually to the lands of trolls, snows, fjords and mountains, visit charming villages and great literary museums, encounter memorable personalities, and enjoy anecdotes and scandals. I found choosing just 4 Trailblazers extremely difficult, and I hope you enjoy my selection.

The talks will be recorded, so if the time doesn’t suit for you to join me live, you can watch the recording whenever you like. (You must still purchase access to the talks.) I provide comprehensive ‘further reading’ lists and links, to inspire you to set off on exciting by-ways and explorations.

These sunset lectures are just the way to wind down after a hard day. You might be brave and take a glass of aquavit as you relax and watch the talk, or perhaps you’d prefer a glass of wine?

I just wanted to pass on my thanks to Susannah and Cheryl for the wonderful Monday evening presentations. They really enrich and uplift during these difficult times. Living in Melbourne, where lockdowns seem to have occupied our lives for most of the time since July 2020, Susannah’s talks have transported one far away from all things Covid.”
Jennifer Turner


Select the pack of 4 for A$50, or individual talks one at a time for A$15 ea.

  Easy online ordering: add your choice below to your shopping cart for payment via Credit Card or PayPal; or
  Phone orders welcome (Australia only): payment via Credit Card, Cash, Cheque, EFT please call 02 9380 5894 or 0411 031 306
  Gift: Every order will receive a gift from me – a free copy of my Literary Reader’s Guide to Scandinavian author, Karen Blixen & her book, Out of Africa

The full sunset lecture series – money saving pack of all 4 Zoom talks

Register for all four lectures in one easy purchase, and save money too. Get all 4 for A$50.00. (You can purchase individually below.) A recording of each talk will be sent the day after the live streamed talk.

All the Zoom talks: Mondays 18, 25 Oct, & 1, 8 Nov, 5-6pm (AEST). JUST A$50.00

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Hans Christian Andersen, the real Ugly Duckling – Monday, 18 Oct. 2021, 5-6pm (AEST) 

Andersen’s own life was portrayed in The Ugly Duckling. The poor son of a cobbler and a washerwoman rose to become the ‘swan’ of Europe, courted by royalty, showered with honours and medals. His 156 stories have been translated into 125 languages and are today embedded in our consciousness.

In many aspects of his life, Andersen never achieved the ‘happy ever after’ for which he longed, but his stories laid the groundwork for most of the great children’s literature to come. Get to know the man behind the stories that are still loved around the world nearly 200 years after they were written. Order single talk only for $15 (AUD)

Further reading and more about Hans Christian Andersen can be found here

Henrik Ibsen, breaking out of the doll’s house – Monday, 25  Oct. 2021, 5-6pm (AEST) 

When Nora, heroine of Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, walks out on her husband, she slams the door as she goes. It was said that the sound of that slamming door echoed around the marital homes of Europe, resulting in some very worried husbands. Henrik Ibsen, the ‘Father of Realism’, broke all the theatrical rules of his day and founded modern theatre. After Shakespeare, he is considered the second-most influential playwright of all time, and such plays as Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People and Hedda Gabler challenged audiences in Ibsen’s day and continue to do so today.

Ibsen’s personal life was a turbulent one – learn more about this great dramatist and his finest play. Order single talk only for $15 (AUD)

Further reading and more about Henrik Ibsen can be found here

Edvard Munch, a silent scream about the human condition – Monday, 1 Nov. 5-6pm (AEST)

Munch was out walking in Oslo (then called Kristiania) when he conceived the idea of The Scream. This painting (there are two versions of it) has come to represent the anxiety and insecurities of the human condition. “I do not believe in art which is not the compulsive result of Man’s urge to open his heart”, he once stated, and his work was hugely influential on the German Expressionists and other movements in painting. Munch’s paintings have broken auction records, and The Scream is the second-most expensive painting ever sold at open auction. It has also been stolen twice.

Learn about the troubled man behind the art and hear fascinating stories about the life and impact of an iconic painting. Order single talk only for $15 (AUD)

Further reading and more about Evard Munch can be found here

Greta Garbo, from silence to talkies to silence – Monday, 8 Nov. 5-6pm (AEST)

In 1925 a Swedish actress arrived in Hollywood. She spoke no English, but soon made her name in silent movies. Five years later, with a better command of the language, Greta Garbo made her first talkie – ‘Garbo Talks!’ screamed the headlines. Nicknamed ‘The Divine’, Garbo became one of the major stars of classic Hollywood. She was a new kind of actor, with greater subtlety and naturalism – “She doesn’t act – she lives her roles”, one critic stated. But at the age of thirty-five, she retired – “I want to be alone” was her motto. Garbo also introduced new fashion trends, had lesbian affairs, collected amazing art, and built up an aura of mystique and allure that has never faded.

Discover more about the life and roles of the woman whom the Guinness Books of Records once designated “the most beautiful woman who ever lived”. Order single talk only for $15 (AUD)

Further reading and more about Greta Garbo can be found here

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Thank you to my sponsors

Thank you to these businesses who have sponsored this series of talks I appreciate it very much. Please support them if you can. I’ve stayed at Deepwater@Hawkesbury and it’s a stunning location and the ultimate place to read a good book.

We can’t go to France, but how about a local weekend away?

Even though we can’t travel to France at the moment, perhaps a weekend at a magnificent absolute waterfront property might be something you could look forward to. Every purchaser of the full series of talks will go into a draw for the chance to win a weekend getaway at ‘Deepwater’ located on the Hawkesbury River, just 1 hour north of Sydney. You’ll be able to take the holiday after restrictions are lifted. See details here.

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Cherry Hood Art
Sabine, 2019, by Cherry HoodCherry Hood is an Australian artist well known for her haunting, large-scale images of faces. Her residential painting workshops in southern NSW are highly sought after and she now offers tutorial videos on her website. Cherry has provided access to her one-hour video demonstrating her unique painting technique valued at $79.

NOTE: These prizes are restricted to residents of Australia. If a prize winner is located internationally Susannah will contact you to discuss alternatives.


Please ensure you have downloaded and signed up to Zoom before the lecture begins

You will be sent a Zoom link within 24 hours of the commencement time of each talk. The sessions take place on Mondays 18, 25 Oct & 1, 8 Nov 2021. Please look out for it to arrive and check your spam folder if you don’t see it. Please contact us on if this email fails to arrive.

Each talk will begin promptly at 5pm and the waiting room will open from 4.50pm. Please ensure you are online before the start to allow admittance.

All the talks will be recorded and so registered viewers can access them at a later time.

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Susannah Fullerton cannot take responsibility for any technical difficulties experienced due to personal device failure and will not issue refunds in this situation.

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