The Beautiful Obscure: Australian Pathways through the Cultural History of Spain
Macmahon Ball Theatre
Old Arts building
T: 8344 4720
Join us for the launch of The Beautiful Obscure: Australian Pathways through the Cultural History of Spain, a groundbreaking work of memoir and cultural history.
For centuries a cornerstone of European political, religious and artistic heritage, Spain’s influence on the history and cultural formation of Australia has long been neglected.
As so often happens, the most fascinating stories lie hidden below the surface. Exploring forgotten episodes, characters and links between Australia and Spain, Luke Stegemann reveals not just an intriguing take on Australian history, but also his own story of profound personal transformation.
Stegemann draws on his more than 30 years living between both countries, combining documentary research with art history, political analysis, memoir, travelogue and family anecdote to essay a largely unconsidered cultural history.
Luke Stegemann was formerly the Associate Publisher at the Griffith Review and has had a varied career working in media, business management, education and interpreting/translation. He lived and worked in both Europe and Asia for some 20 years, returning to Australia in 2008 to act as editorinchief and general manager of *The Adelaide Review*, and went on to found *The Melbourne Review* in 2011. A committed Hispanist, he is the author of *The Beautiful Obscure: Australian Pathways through the Cultural History of Spain*. In his spare time, he works as a tournament judge and referee with Boxing Australia.