Women in Greek Myths: Natalie Haynes and Bettany Hughes In Conversation
Catch up on Natalie Haynes and Bettany Hughes at WOW UK Festival 2021 on a voyage of discovery to reveal the real stories of women from Greek myths - and why it matters.
This event is BSL interpreted and captioned. Book to watch on demand all July via our WOW UK 2021 Festival Revisited Talks Pass.
If you don’t know anything about ancient history - this is for you. The Greek myths are among the world's most important historical building blocks and they have been retold many times - they’re all around us, and are deeply embedded into our culture and stories.
However - rarely is there enough focus on the remarkable women at the heart of these ancient stories. Modern tellers of Greek myth have usually been men, who have fairly consistently shown little interest in telling women's stories - and when they do, women are often painted as sex objects, vengeful, or just plain evil.
From Aphrodite to Pandora, Medusa to Medea and Hera to Helen of Troy - come and learn about their amazing stories, and the sheer injustice in how they are often understood today.
This event features a performance by a WOW Sounds artist. Don't miss the incredible performance by genre defying artist anaiis whose breakthrough song Nina is a liberation chant and reclamation of freedom.
This event is part of WOW UK 2021 Revisited - a very special digital programme offering people worldwide a second chance to explore some of WOW’s International Women’s Day Programme of groundbreaking In Conversations and interactive workshops. There’s everything from mental health to activism during Covid, and from being a grandmother to being an artist in a pandemic (or both!). Find out about The WOW Foundation and its work year-round to fight gender inequality here.
About the speakers:
Natalie Haynes is the author of six books. Most recently Pandora’s Jar: Women and the Greek Myths (2020) and A Thousand Ships, published by Pan Macmillan in 2019, which was long-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020. She has written and recorded six series of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics for BBC Radio 4. Series Seven will be broadcast in summer 2021.
Professor Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her films on histories and culture are regularly watched by over 200 million worldwide. Her most recent book is Venus and Aphrodite: History of a Goddess (2019), published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, currently long-listed for the Runciman Prize. Her Sunday Times best-selling Istanbul A Tale of Three Cities has been translated into twelve languages and was shortlisted for the Runciman Prize, her New York Times Bestseller The Hemlock Cup - Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life was shortlisted for the Writers’ Guild Award and her first book Helen of Troy - Goddess, Princess, Whore was translated into twelve languages. In 2019 she was Chair of the Man Booker Prize for International Fiction.
Tickets are non-refundable.