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Busting the Myths: Natalie Haynes with Lennie Goodings

After millennia of imbalance, broadcaster, writer and classicist Natalie Haynes puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with the men.

Please note, due to the bad weather this event will now go ahead indoors in the Haybarn.

After millennia of imbalance, broadcaster, Women’s Prize-shortlisted writer and passionate classicist Natalie Haynes puts the women of the Greek myths on equal footing with the men, in conversation with Lennie Goodings, chair of feminist publishing house Virago Press.

Nobel, powerful, courageous and intelligent are how the men are described in the Greek myths. And the women? Well, when they do appear, they are described as villains; monstrous, reckless, angry, vengeful and jealous. But is this the real story? In ‘Pandora’s Jar’, Natalie Haynes gives airtime to the original stories of Pandora, Medea, Phaedra, Hera, Athena and other mythical women that the foundational legends of Western culture have misremembered, and that the male storytellers forgot to pass on.