The Children of Jocasta- Natalie Haynes in Conversation with Mel Griffin
Natalie Haynes was born in Birmingham. She is a writer, broadcaster, former comedian, and regular contributor to BBC Radio 4. She speaks eloquently on the relevance of the classic world to the modern day, and her first book The Ancient Guide to Modern Life was published to great acclaim. The Children of Jocasta is her third book and second novel.
In this event, Natalie Haynes will be discussing her new novel, The Children of Jocasta - a stunning re-imagining 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.