About Daisy Dunn
Dr Daisy Dunn is an author, classicist, and cultural critic. A bold historian with a fresh and engaging voice, Daisy also contributes widely to newspapers, magazines and radio. Her first two books, Catullus’ Bedspread: The Life of Rome’s Most Erotic Poet, and The Poems of Catullus: A New Translation, were published to critical acclaim by HarperCollins on both sides of the Atlantic in January 2016. She is represented for books and media by Georgina Capel at Georgina Capel Associates Ltd.
Daisy’s scholarship focuses on the ancient world and its afterlife from the Renaissance forwards. Her doctorate, which she was awarded at UCL in 2013, spanned eighth-century BC Greece to sixteenth-century Italy. Her thesis explored how the ideas of the ancient poets, including Homer, Hesiod, Virgil and Catullus, were revived and challenged by the humanists of the great courts of Renaissance Italy. Her expertise also lies in the history of the late Roman Republic and early Empire, and in the literature of ancient Greece and Rome. She is particularly interested in sexuality, women and gender in Roman society, the Augustan city and propaganda, and in poetry and its interface with politics.
Daisy read Classics at the University of Oxford, before completing a Master’s in the History of Art at the Courtauld in London, where she was awarded a scholarship for her work on Titian, Venice and Renaissance Europe. Daisy has won a number of awards, including the AHRC doctoral award, the Gay Clifford Award for Outstanding Women Scholars, and an Italian Cultural Society scholarship. She has taught Latin at UCL, and continues to give talks and lectures in museums, galleries, schools and universities. As a trustee and Executive Officer of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, she worked to support the teaching of classical subjects in schools across the UK and overseas. She is Editor of the journal ARGO http://www.hellenicsociety.org.uk/publications/argo/.
As a journalist, Daisy regularly contributes features, reviews, and comment articles to The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Daily Mail, Spectator, New Statesman, Standpoint, Newsweek, TLS, Literary Review, History Today, Apollo Magazine, Catholic Herald, The London Magazine, and in the US she contributes to The New Criterion and Lit Hub. Representing her former Oxford college St Hilda’s, Daisy played 3 matches of the 2016 University Challenge Christmas Special on BBC 2. Her team, captained by crime writer Val McDermid, won the series. Daisy has also contributed to the BBC World Service, and in 2015 her essay ‘An Unlikely Friendship: Oscar Wilde and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’ was longlisted for the international £20,000 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize. She is currently working on her third book.