Special event
Ancient myth in the modern world: Madeline Miller, Kamila Shamsie and Bettany Hughes in conversation

Saturday 5 May 2018,
14.30–15.45
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £5
Members/Concessions £3

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
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Join award-winning and acclaimed authors Madeline Miller and Kamila Shamsie as they discuss the role of ancient mythology in their work and how they draw inspiration from the perennial themes found within.

Chaired by historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes.

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. Her first novel, The Song of Achilles, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. She was shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year, and her essays have appeared in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Lapham’s Quarterly and NPR.org. Her recent novel Circe breathes life into the ancient world with an intoxicating tale of gods and heroes, magic and monsters, survival and transformation.

Kamila Shamsie is author of seven novels, including Burnt Shadows, A God in Every Stone, and Home Fire, a contemporary reworking of Sophocles' story of Antigone, exploring the clash between society, family and religious faith. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist in 2013. A trustee of Free Word and English Pen, she grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.

Presented in collaboration with Bloomsbury Publishing.


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Madeline Miller. Photo: Nina Subin