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The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein In Conversation with Angus Trumble

Sunday 26 August 2018
11.00AM – 12 NOON
Liangis Theatre
National Portrait Gallery

Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhust was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman and a trophy wife. This award winning, internationally acclaimed book is the result of four years of research by Krasnostein into the remarkable life of Sandra Pankhurst. This is a compelling story that is extraordinarily written about both the dead and the living. Sarah is in conversation with the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Angus Trumble.

Sarah Krasnostein is a writer and a lawyer with a doctorate in criminal law. She is the award-winning, bestselling author of The Trauma Cleaner. A fourth generation American and a third generation Australian, she has lived and worked in both countries. As a law lecturer and researcher, her areas of specialization are: the history of crime and punishment, comparative criminal law, sentencing law and criminal justice policy. She lives in Melbourne and spends part of the year working in New York City.

Angus Trumble studied Fine Arts and History at the University of Melbourne and in the summer of 1987 was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and studied for a year at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome. Angus won a Fulbright Scholarship for further study at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Angus took up his present position as Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra in February 2014. He is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Burlington Magazine, the Paris Review, Esopus Magazine, and the Australian Book Review.