Margot Costanzo

Margot Costanzo with Karen van Spall is the Co-Producer of the 3MBS Illuminations Series Dante in Music which charts the course of the Dante Alighieri journey through to heaven to reveal the music it inspired. She studied the three books of The Divine Comedy as an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne 40 years ago becoming hooked on the great work and its many translations. She will present reasons why the work is still important and enjoyable for the everyday Australian reader. Margot and Karen are also Co Curators of the 3MBS Dante 700 Festival.



Dr Simon West

Dr Simon West is a poet and an Italianist. He teaches Italian literature including a long running subject called To Hell with Dante and a close reading experience through all three books of the Divine Comedy. His publications on Dante include Squaring the Circle:Dante, Memory and the Project of Writing. His most recent book is a collection of essays entitled Dear Muses: Essays in Poetry (Puncher and Wattman 2019).


Dr Petra Kayser

Dr Petra Kayser is Curator of Prints and Drawings at the NGV. Her special interests include the production, iconography and reception of German Renaissance art, and the cultural history of early modern prints. She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions, including Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum (2021), The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster (2012) and The Satirical Eye: Comedy and Critique from Hogarth to Daumier (2009).


Dr Anna Welch

Dr Anna Welch is Senior Librarian of History of the Book & Arts at State Library Victoria. She is co-curator of the library’s World of the Book exhibition, which this year features a special focus on Dante, including prints on loan from the NGV collection. Anna has researched and published across a number of interests, including book history, medieval manuscripts, early printing, and medieval Italian culture.


Professor Diana Glenn

Diana Glenn is currently National Head of the School of Arts at the Australian Catholic University. She is the author of Dante’s Reforming Mission and Women in the Comedy (2008) and has published numerous scholarly articles nationally and internationally. She has jointly edited the volumes, Dante Colloquia in Australia (1982–1999) in 2000, Flinders Dante Conferences 2002 & 2004 (2005), Imagining Home: Migrants and the Search for a New Belonging (2011), The Shadow of the Precursor (2012), Legato con amore in un volume: Essays in Honour of John A. Scott (2013), and with Graham Tulloch, Border Crossings (2016) and Italian Identities (2020).