We are delighted to welcome Book Festival favourite Pat Barker back to Durham this year. The Booker Prize-winning author of Regeneration and one of our greatest contemporary writers on war will be discussing her reimagining of the most famous conflict in literature – the legendary Trojan War.
The Trojan War is known as a man’s story: a quarrel between men over a woman, stolen from her home and spirited across the sea. But what of the other women in this story, silenced by history? What words did they speak when alone with each other, in the laundry, at the loom, when laying out the dead?
In this magnificent historical novel, Pat Barker charts one woman’s journey through the chaos of war, as she struggles to free herself and to become the author of her own story.
Chaired by Dr Anne Whitehead, Newcastle University