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!