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On Thursday 21st November the Warwick Classics Network and Dept of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick will be running their 2019 WCN Study Day entitled ‘Ancient Worlds’. Top authors Natalie HaynesEmily HauserCaroline Lawrence, and Alexandra Sheppard will give talks and lead workshops on the ancient world, myths and story-telling, while Warwick Classics academics will lead sessions on various aspects of the Ancient World.

The day is aimed at school children from KS2-KS5 and for members of the general public, and will be organised to suit each audience (see schedule below).


Caroline Lawrence, author of The Roman Mysteries series will talk on ‘Myths, Movies and Storytelling’ – What do Paddington and Aeneas have in common? More than you might imagine! In a fun illustrated talk, million-selling author Caroline shares how poets, storytellers and movie-makers use the same fun steps when composing their epics.

Alexandra Sheppard, author of Oh My Gods will give a talk on ‘21st Century Gods’ – Together you will explore the role of mythology in ancient Greece, then as a group, you will imagine a new set of gods relevant to our modern world.

Emily Hauser author of the best-selling Golden Apple Trilogy will give a talk on ‘Rewriting Ancient Greek Myths in Fiction’ – How do we go about remaking ancient Greek myths for a modern audience? And how can storytelling open up new perspectives on the ancient Greek myths we thought we knew so well?

And Natalie Haynes, author of The Amber Fury, The Children of Jocasta, and creator of BBC’s Stand up for the Classics will give a talk entitled Troy Story, about all things Trojan and her latest best-seller A Thousand Ships.

In addition, Warwick Classics Academics will lead sessions on their own interests and specialities in the Ancient World: Prof Eric Csapo and Dr Emmanuela Bakola on ‘The stories about Achilles’ birth and death: art, epic, myth and drama’; Prof Alison Cooley on ‘The Stones of Pompeii tell tales’; Prof Victora Rimell and Dr David Fearn on ‘Four Classical Poems: The Wow of Narrative’; and Prof Michael Scott on ‘Heracles – he does get around’.


Provisional Timetable

Morning Session: Key Stage 2-3 (8-14 years olds) – 30 minute talks

Part One: Myths and Story Telling

9.45-10am Arrival

10am – Welcome from Prof Michael Scott

10.05-10.35 Caroline Lawrence ‘Myths, Movies and Storytelling’

10.35-11.05 Alexandra Sheppard ‘21st Century Gods’

11.05-11.15 Break – Biscuits/Juice/Tea/Coffee

11.15-11.45 Emily Hauser ‘Rewriting Ancient Greek Myths in Fiction’

11.45-12.30 Lunch (drinks and snacks will be available for anyone attending the whole day)


Afternoon Session: Arrival of Older Students (Key Stage 4-5 – 14-18 year olds) – 40 minute talks

Part Two: The Stories We Tell about Ancient Worlds

12.30-1.10 Natalie Haynes – ‘Troy Story’

1.15-1.55pm Prof Eric Csapo and Dr Emmanuela Bakola ‘The stories about Achilles’ birth and death: art, epic, myth and drama’

1.55-2.15 Break – Biscuits/Juice/Tea/Coffee

2.15-2.55 Prof Alison Cooley ‘The Stones of Pompeii tell tales’

3.00-3.40 Prof Victoria Rimell and Dr David Fearn: ‘Four Classical Poems: The Wow of Narrative’

3.40-3.50 Break – Biscuits/Juice/Tea/Coffee

3.50-4.30 Prof Michael Scott ‘Heracles – he does get around’


To find out more and book your place, please visit our website the website or email Dr Paul Grigsby.