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Women Rewriting Homer: Madeline Miller & Sharlene Teo

Part of London Literature Festival

See Homer through women's eyes at a discussion between writers who have interpreted his work: Madeline Miller and Sharlene Teo.

They are part of a recent generation of female authors and translators who have breathed new life into Homer's epics The Iliad and The Odyssey, questioning the existing male-dominated analysis of his complex mythic characters.

How do these reimaginings challenge our understanding of the original work? Are we only now beginning to see Homer's characters – both male and female, mortal and immortal – fully?

This event is chaired by writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes.

Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles won the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012, was shortlisted for the Stonewall Writer of the Year 2012, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into twenty-eight languages.

Her second novel, Circe, was a Sunday Times hardback fiction bestseller and debuted at number one in the New York Times.

Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing award. In 2016, she won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer's Award for Ponti, which transposes a Circe-like figure into present-day Singapore.

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster who speaks on the modern relevance of the classical world. Her first novel, The Amber Fury, was published in 2014 to great acclaim. Her retelling of the Trojan War, A Thousand Ships, is published in May 2019. She was a judge for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction, the 2013 Man Booker Prize, and the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

Presented by Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival in collaboration with The Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London.

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Purcell Room


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