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Charlotte Higgins in conversation

Join Charlotte Higgins as she talks about her book Greek Myths: A New Retelling. This is a free 60 minute online event.

Virtual event
Date and time 1 Nov 2021 6pm - 7pm
Location Online Status On sale

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Join Charlotte Higgins as she talks about her book Greek Myths: A New Retelling. This is a free 60 minute online event.

In this spellbinding new collection, Greek Myths; A New Retelling, Charlotte Higgins reinterprets some of the most enduring stories of all time.

During the event there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please ask your questions using the Q&A feature. Questions will be submitted as text, so your camera and microphone don’t need to be on.

Early booking is recommended. Saga customers must book their place by 9am on Thursday 28 October 2021.

About the book

Here are myths of the creation, of Heracles and Theseus and Perseus, the Trojan war and its origins and aftermaths, tales of Thebes and Argos and Athens. There are stories of love and desire, adventure and magic, destructive gods, helpless humans, fantastical creatures, resourceful witches and the origins of birds and animals. This is a world of extremes, and one that resonates deeply with our own: mysterious diseases devastate cities; environmental disasters tear lives apart; women habitually suffer violence at the hands of men.

‘We are in the hands of a fine, fluent storyteller... Higgins, like the bards who first unspooled these tales, creates the illusion of spontaneity and handles suspense brilliantly... Chris Ofili's drawings complement the lyricism of the prose descriptions. Higgins depicts art mediating life – the reason, I think, that we read books... I loved this book.’ Sara Wheeler, Spectator

Unlike in many previous collected myths, female characters take centre stage - Athena, Helen, Circe, Penelope and others weave these stories into elaborate imagined tapestries. In Charlotte Higgins's thrilling new interpretation, their tales combine to form a dazzling, sweeping epic of storytelling, and a magnificent work of scholarship and imagination.

‘A gritty and exhilarating new version of the ancient stories in which the female characters take centre stage.’ Katy Guest, Guardian

The book features a series of original drawings by Chris Ofili.

Charlotte Higgins

Charlotte Higgins's previous books include the acclaimed Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain, which was shortlisted for awards including the Samuel Johnson (now Baillie Gifford) Prize for non-fiction, and Red Thread, which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and won the Arnold Bennett Prize 2019. She is chief culture writer of the Guardian, a past winner of the Classical Association prize, and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

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Terms and conditions

1) The event is for Saga customers who have signed up to receive customer benefits (formerly Possibilities). You must have a MySaga account. Please visit www.saga.co.uk/membership/activate to create an account.

2) This is an exclusive event with limited spaces available. In order to attend you must book to reserve your space. To book, click on the ‘Book Now’ button and follow the instructions.

3) Booking for this event will close 9am Thursday 28 October 2021.

4) The event will last approximately 60 minutes.

5) The event will begin at 6pm (GMT) on Monday 1 November 2021.

6) This event will be recorded. You are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon booking and joining the event. Saga reserves the right to use the recorded content for any purpose.

7) The event will be hosted via Zoom. Zoom can be accessed via your chosen internet browser. Alternatively you can download Zoom as an App for your PC and devices by visiting zoom.us/download.

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10) Your camera and microphone will be turned off upon joining the event. The names of attendees will be displayed during the event.

11) There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the event. Please ask your questions using the Q&A feature. Questions will be submitted as text. Saga cannot guarantee that they will be answered. Saga in its sole discretion reserves the right for any reason to not answer or remove a question or content. The host may unmute you and allow video during the Q&A section of the event, but only if you are happy for them to do so.

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