We are thrilled to present a special event with Booker Prize-winning author Pat Barker. Pat joins us in Durham University’s historic Bishop Cosin’s Library, to talk about her acclaimed career and her new novel, The Women of Troy.
Following her bestselling, Women’s Prize shortlisted novel The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker continues her extraordinary retelling of one of our greatest myths. In The Women of Troy, Troy has fallen. The Greeks have won their bitter war and they can return home victors, all they need is a good wind to lift their sails. But the wind does not come. The gods have been offended and so the victors remain camped in the shadow of the city they destroyed. Largely unnoticed by her captors, Briseis remains in the Greek encampment. She forges alliances where she can – with young, dangerously naive Amina, with defiant, aged Hecuba – and begins to see the path to a kind of revenge.
Pat Barker was born in Yorkshire and lives in Durham. She began her literary career in her forties, when she took a short writing course taught by Angela Carter. She has now published sixteen novels, including her masterful Regeneration Trilogy, been made a CBE for services to literature, and won the UK’s highest literary honour, the Booker Prize.
Chaired by Dr Eleanor Spencer-Regan, Durham University
This pre-recorded event is available to ticket holders to watch on demand until 31 October.
Captions will be provided for this event.
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