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Divine Might: An Evening with Natalie Haynes

Thursday 2nd May 2024
18:30 - 20:00 at Waterstones, London - Gower Street

Divine Might: An Evening with Natalie Haynes

Join us for a special evening with Natalie Haynes, celebrating the paperback release of Divine Might: Goddesses in Greek Myth.
 
In Divine Might Natalie Haynes, author of the bestselling Pandora’s Jar, returns to the world of Greek myth and this time she examines the role of the goddesses.
 
We meet Athene, who sprang fully formed from her father’s head: goddess of war and wisdom, guardian of Athens. We run with Artemis, goddess of hunting and protector of young girls (apart from those she decides she wants as a sacrifice). Here is Aphrodite, goddess of sex and desire – there is no deity more determined and able to make you miserable if you annoy her. And then there’s the queen of all the Olympian gods: Hera, Zeus’s long-suffering wife, whose jealousy of his dalliances with mortals, nymphs and goddesses lead her to wreak elaborate, vicious revenge on those who have wronged her.
 
We also meet Demeter, goddess of agriculture and mother of the kidnapped Persephone, we sing the immortal song of the Muses and we warm ourselves with Hestia, goddess of the hearth and sacrificial fire. The Furies carry flames of another kind – black fires of vengeance for those who incur their wrath.
 
These goddesses are as mighty, revered and destructive as their male counterparts. Isn’t it time we looked beyond the columns of a ruined temple to the awesome power within?
 
'Natalie Haynes is the nation's great muse' - Adam Rutherford
 
‘Natalie Haynes’ Divine Might will shed a new light on the goddesses whose stories have been told countless times, but perhaps never in this way…a powerful read that really opens a new dialogue on the Greek goddesses and will leave you feeling like you understand their stories in a way you haven’t before.’ - Independent on Divine Might
 
Don't forget to include a copy of Divine Might with your ticket. There will be a book signing following the discussion. Join us from 18:00 for a welcome drink!
 
Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of novels The Amber Fury, shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize; The Children of Jocasta, a feminist retelling of the Oedipus and Antigone stories; A Thousand Ships (shortlisted for the Women’s Prize), a retelling of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective and Stone Blind a re-telling of the Medusa story (long listed for the Women’s Prize); and non-fiction books The Ancient Guide to Modern Life and Pandora's Jar about the women in Greek myths. She has written and presented eight series of the BBC Radio 4 show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up For The Classics. In 2015, she was awarded the Classical Association Prize for her work in bringing Classics to a wider audience.
London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Thursday 2nd May 2024
18:30 - 20:00

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