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BBC Radio star Natalie Haynes to spend time with UC Classics students

While in Christchurch as part of her performance at WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View season, Natalie Haynes is taking time out of her schedule to spend with UC Classics students and staff.

Natalie is a writer and broadcaster; the star of the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics’ and author of four books on classical themes. Her new novel, ‘A Thousand Ships’ was published in May of this year and is a retelling of the Trojan War.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie is presenting her acclaimed show ‘Troy Story’ on Sunday August 18 at 6pm in the Great Hall at the Arts Centre of Christchurch. She will be introduced by Head of Classics, Enrica Sciarrino and the Teece Museum will be open from 5pm before the event. Interested students can use this link to pick up a ticket for $15. 

During ‘Troy Story’, Natalie will take you on a tour around Trojan War, the greatest conflict in ancient literature, perhaps in literature full stop. From the causes of the war (divine displeasure) to its complex aftermath, this show encompasses some of the greatest poetry ever written. The stories of the women whose lives the war affected have been largely untold, from the Amazon warrior, Penthesilea, to the priestess who saw the whole thing coming, Cassandra. Continuing a project she began with her novel, The Children of Jocasta, Natalie takes the women out of the shadows and puts them back where they belong: in the middle of the story.

Following her performance for WORD, UC Classics is very excited to be hosting Natalie in conversation at an exclusive event for UC Classics students and staff. The discussion will include areas of Natalie’s research and writing, their own research areas and other topics of interest relevant to current UC Classics courses; a fantastic opportunity and a real treat for the department!

What’s the hap from 16-22 Feb?!

Events at UC for 16-22 February 
Monday 16th: 
  • Foundry re-opening: At 1pm the Foundry will reopen again after being shut over Summer… don’t miss it! 
  • You-can-speak toastmasters7pm at KE4 Kirkwood Village. FREE to attend. Monthly membership fee if you want to join in and enhance your public speaking skills.
Tuesday 17th:
Wednesday 18th: 
Thursday 19th:
  • UC Māori Orientation: 9.30am-3.30pm at Te Whare  Ākonga o Te Akatoki. Don’t forget to register!
  • Get Fresh Pasifika Orientation, 10-4pm, Undercroft 101. A fun-packed two-day programme for first-year Pacific students,
  • Bridging Programmes Graduation: 2-3.30pm, Jack Mann Auditorium, Dovedale Campus.
  • Colour my Toga7pm, Ilam Fields, R18. This is a ticketed event, so don’t forget to get yours online! Be part of a massive Canterbury tradition!
Friday 20th:
  • UC Orientation Day, 9.30-3.30pm(ish). for a plethora of advice to help you feel confident about starting uni. Register here.
  • Orientation Market10am-3pm at Ilam Fields. Get everything sorted for the year ahead, collect your O-Bag and get tonnes of free stuff! (If you can’t make this market day there will also be two more held on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th).
  • Under the Big Top Comedy Night for OrientationStarts at 7pm, hosted by star of 7 Days, Paul Ego. Two of the biggest performers from the Christchurch Buskers Festival will also be performing: David Ladderman and Lizzie Tollemache of the sold out show Mr and Mrs Alexander.
Sunday 22nd:
  • Orientation Day Tramp8.45am, meet in UCSA car park. To get a seat on the bus pay $10  for a ticket (refundable)… so it’s free. The UC Tramping Club have organised two tramps for us: Hinewai Reserve and Mt Somers!