Tue, 7 December 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

Charlotte Higgins Retells the Greek Myths

In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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Join the award-winning author for spellbinding tales of love and desire, adventure and magic, destructive gods and helpless humans.

The most enduring stories of all time survive not only because they speak deeply to the human condition, but because they are told and retold by every generation, made fresh by new voices to answer the demands and spirit of the age.

The award-winning author of Red Thread and Under Another Sky Charlotte Higgins is here to thrill us with her new interpretation of the Greek myths. Here are the stories of the creation, of Heracles and Theseus and Perseus, the Trojan war and its origins and aftermaths, tales of Thebes and Argos and Athens. This is a world of extremes, and one that resonates deeply with our own: mysterious diseases devastate cities; environmental disasters tear lives apart; women habitually suffer violence at the hands of men.

Unlike in many previous collected myths, female characters take centre stage Athena, Helen, Circe, Penelope and others weave these stories into elaborate imagined tapestries. Their tales combine to form a dazzling, sweeping epic of storytelling, and a magnificent work of scholarship and imagination.

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Charlotte Higgins

Award-winning Author and Chief Culture Writer, Guardian

Charlotte Higgins’s previous books include the acclaimed Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain, which was shortlisted for awards including the Samuel Johnson (now Baillie Gifford) Prize for non-fiction, and Red Thread, which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and won the Arnold Bennett Prize 2019. She is chief culture writer of the Guardian, a past winner of the Classical Association prize, and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. She lives in London.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.