An evening with Natalie Haynes at Booka Bookshop

An evening with Natalie Haynes at Booka Bookshop
  • Booka Bookshop, Booka Bookshop, 26 - 28 Church St, Oswestry, SY11 2SP
    Booka Bookshop
    Booka Bookshop 26 - 28 Church St Oswestry, SY11 2SP UNITED KINGDOM
  • 10/05/2017 19:00 - 10/05/2017 19:00

Join us for an evening in the company of author, broadcaster and comedian, Natalie Haynes, as she talks about her new novel, The Children of Jocasta – a stunning reimagining of the Oedipus and Antigone Greek tragedies, told from the perspectives of the women the myths overlooked. Jocasta is just fifteen when she is told that she must marry the King of Thebes, an old man she has never met. Her life has never been her own, and nor will it be, unless she outlives her strange, absent husband. Ismene is the same age when she is attacked in the palace she calls home. Since the day of her parents’ tragic deaths a decade earlier, she has always longed to feel safe with the family she still has. But with a single act of violence, all that is about to change. With the turn of these two events, a tragedy is set in motion. But not as you know it. Through her clever and vivid storytelling Natalie Haynes reimagines the myth and breathes new life into a powerful ancient story in a gripping and accessible way. The Classics are for everyone and there appears to be no shortage of authors wanting to have their go at retelling these age old stories – just going to show that they really do stand the test of time! Natalie is best placed to explain how important they’ve been in how we now tell stories, from the classic crime mystery to the big cinema blockbuster. So join us for what should be a great event! Date: Wednesday 10th May – 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm) Venue: Booka Tickets: £5 plus booking fee if purchasing online. Ticket price redeemable against a signed hardback copy of The Children of Jocasta. Includes a glass of wine /soft drink on arrival.

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The Amber Fury, which was shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year award, and a non-fiction book about Ancient History, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. She has written and presented two 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.