Star of the BBC Radio 4 series, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, Natalie brings her unique combination of ancient history and stand-up comedy to UCL for the UCL Festival of Culture.
Natalie Haynes is a classicist, comedian, writer and broadcaster. Her BBC Radio 4 show, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, is about to record its fifth series. She is the author of five books: her most recent novel, A Thousand Ships, was published in May.
7:30pm To 8:30pm, 5 June 2019
Natalie spent 12 years as a stand-up comedian, before returning to her first love with her book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. To coincide with her latest novel, A Thousand Ships, she will take audiences 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 Iliad, The Odyssey, The Oresteia, The Trojan Women and much more. 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.
4:30pm To 5:30pm, 5 June 2019
In her latest novel, A Thousand Ships, broadcaster and classicist Natalie retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. Ahead of her performance of Troy Story at the Bloomsbury Theatre later in the day, she will join Dr Antony Makrinos, Senior Teaching Fellow in Classics at UCL, for a conversation about the women who’ve been previously confined to the shadows and who now should take centre stage.