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The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Join us for a thought-provoking and wide-ranging day celebrating Homer’s masterpiece with some of our brightest minds.

Translating The Odyssey
Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey met with widespread critical acclaim. But why translate The Odyssey yet again, when almost 70 translations already exist? She discusses her working process and her vision of this complex, magical, moving and absorbing text about identity, hospitality and the meanings of home.


The Odyssey Today
Classicists and writers Natalie Haynes (A Thousand Ships), Adam Nicolson (Why Homer Matters), Alice Oswald (Nobody) and Emily Wilson (The Odyssey) discuss why one of the earliest works of Western literature continues to be a source of inspiration to artists and authors. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.


One I, Many Eyes: Remixing Book Nine
A live storytelling session with Max Porter bringing the most famous scene from Homer’s Odyssey alive by juxtaposing different translations and approaches towards the same 50 lines of text. The unforgettable drama of the blinding of Polyphemus told in verse, told in prose, from archaic translations and fresh revisionist tellings to brand new remixes, memoir and analysis written for this event. An oral-storytelling attack on one iconic literary encounter in order to liberate it again and again from the tyranny of any one version.


Modern Odysseys
With its themes of yearning for home and displacement, The Odyssey has powerful resonance with today’s debates around refugees and enormous human displacement. Daniel Trilling (Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe) and Nick Jubber (Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe) join Sam Guglani to discuss.

Venue

Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

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