Classics Festival 2013
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Heffers Classics Festival returns to Cambridge: Saturday 2nd November 2013. The venue for this years Festival is the Law Faculty, Sidgwick Site, University of Cambridge.
In association with Cambridge University’s Festival of Ideas, Heffers are delighted to be holding the annual Heffers Classics Festival with a host of celebrities from the worlds of Classics Fact and Fiction.
Be transported back to the ancient world with experts, historians and comedians, as we explore everything from long-forgotten cities, heroes and gods, detectives and villains to current exhibitions.
This dynamic day long Festival celebrates the Classical World. The programme is a diverse celebration of all that the Classical world has to offer. The programme this year runs over three streams: facts for the academic historians, philosophers and students; fiction for those of you who like your history stories set in the Classical period and, finally, something for our younger friends with storytelling and interactive fun from Matthew Ward, an actor who appeared in Horrible Histories, Hugh Lupton and Caroline Lawrence.
Check out the authors who will be turning up to talk to and sign your books (bought from the on-site Heffers shop of course) along with a range of non-book Classics related goodies to buy!
Throughout the day there will be comedy, theatre, music (courtesy of musician Anna Neale) and thought provoking sessions.
Starting off the Classics Fact day is an early treat: Mary Beard, Jules Evans and Joanna Paul at 10.00 am; the lunchtime Balloon debate features a fabulous cast taking the parts of various Classical figures to debate ‘Who is the Greatest Character from Classical Mythology?’
Topping our Classics Fiction sessions this year will see the first public conversation between Lindsay Davis and Simon Scarrow, chaired by MC Scott – this promises to be one of those magical events for fans and novices alike!
On-site café, Origin8, will be serving food all day and is the perfect place to grab a drink and meet up with friends before or after your event.
This year we are delighted to welcome our sponsors OUP, I.B Tauris, Harvard, Princeton, and Bloomsbury who will be providing information about their books and events.
10am – 11am
Jules Evans – Philosophy For Life
Jules Evans is a journalist and writer, who is interested in how people seek the good life in modern societies. He is particularly interested in ancient Greek and Roman philosophies, and how individuals and communities are re-discovering their ideas today. An important part of that story is cognitive psychotherapy’s re-discovery of ancient philosophy.
Joanna Paul – Pompeii and Herculaneum
Joanna is a lecturer in Classical Studies at the Open University. Her main research is in Classical Reception Studies. Joanna will be talking about her book A Spectacle of Destruction: Pompeii and Herculaneum in Popular Imagination. Published early 2014
Mary Beard – Roman Jokes: What can they teach us?
Mary Beard is a wickedly subversive commentator on both the modern and the ancient world. She is a professor in classics at Cambridge and classics editor of the TLS.
11.30am – 12.30pm
David Mattingly - Imperialism, Power & Identity: Intentional & Unforseen Consequences of the Roman Empire
David John Mattingly is an archaeologist and historian of the Roman world, who is currently a Professor at the University of Leicester.
William Fitzgerald – How to Read a Latin Poem
William Fitzgerald is a Professor of Latin language & Literature at King’s College London. He will be speaking about his latest book ‘How to Read a Latin Poem if you can’t Read Latin yet.
Natalie Haynes - Ancient Guide to Modern Life
Natalie Haynes is an English comedian and writer. She has been performing stand-up comedy since 1994 and was a member of Footlights at Cambridge University where she read Classics at Christ’s College.
2pm – 2.45pm
Balloon Debate – Who is the Greatest Character from Classical Mythology?
Featuring… Harry Sidebottom as Hector, Natalie Haynes as Oedipus, Ruth Downie as Dido, Caroline Lawrence as Andromache and Paul Cartledge as Argus
3.15pm – 4.15pm
Kate Cooper – Band of Angels
Kate Cooper is an ancient historian and professor at the University of Manchester. Her book ‘Band of Angels’ is published in August.
David Stuttard – Greek Tragedy
David is a writer and lecturer, who also works as a theatre dramaturg and workshop leader. In August last year (2012), Current World Archaeology wrote of him: ‘David Stuttard is a classicist well-known for translating and directing Greek plays. His career represents an admirable commitment to popularising classical culture and making it accessible to new non-specialist audiences.’
Charlotte Higgins – The Romans in Britain
Charlotte Higgins is the chief arts writer of the Guardian. She contributes to the Guardian’s news, features, op-ed, literary and arts sections. Charlotte studied Classics at Balliol College, Oxford. She will be talking about her latest book ‘Under Another Sky. Journeys in Roman Britain.’
4.45pm – 5.45pm
Jerry Toner – The Roman Gods Predict your Future
Jerry Toner is the Director of Studies in Classics at Hughes Hall. He researches into Roman social and cultural history, with a focus on trying to look at history ‘from below’. His book, Popular Culture in Ancient Rome, analysed the life of the non-elite in Roman society. He has had two books published this year. One is to show how historians and travel writers have used classical sources to help create various images of Islam and the Orient, which is to be published by Harvard University Press. The other looks at the important role that disasters played in Roman life and culture and will come out next year with Polity Press. For his talk Jerry will use the Oracles of Astrampsychus to read people’s fortunes and then analyse the implicit information contained in the oracles.
Peter Heather – Barbarian Popes and the Restoration of Rome
Peter Heather is a historian of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, currently Professor of Medieval History at King’s College London. His latest book ‘The Restoration of Rome’ is published later this year and will be the focus of Peter’s talk.
Paul Cartledge – The Oath of Plataea
Paul Cartledge is Professor of Greek History, the A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture and Fellow of Clare College. He is the author of numerous best selling books and a great supporter of our shop. Paul will be speaking about his latest book After Thermopylae. The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars.
10am – 10.45am
Caroline Lawrence – Myths, Movies and Storytelling
Caroline Lawrence is an English American author, best known for The Roman Mysteries series of historical novels for children. Caroline studied Classical Art and Archaeology at Newnham College Cambridge and is the current JACT president.
Hugh Lupton – ‘From the Tongue to the Page’ A storyteller’s guide to writing the Greek Myths
Hugh Lupton is one of the most prominent figures in the Oral Storytelling Tradition. He co-founded the Company of Storytellers in 1985, and for a while ran a branch of The Crick Crack Club in Norfolk.
11.15am – 12.15pm
Henry Venmore-Rowland – The Undergraduate Author
Henry was signed up by transworld in his last year at University. His debut novel The Last Caesar was published last summer. It follows the journey of Aulus Caecina Severus and his role in the chaos that was The Year of the Four Emperors. The sequel is published in June of this year.
Harry Sidebottom – Historical Novels of the Classical World
Harry Sidebottom’s main scholarly research interests are Greek culture under the Roman empire (thinking about the compromises and contradictions involved when an old and sophisticated culture is conquered and ruled by what it considers a younger and less civilised power) and warfare in classical antiquity (looking at how war was both done and thought about by Greeks and Romans). He has published numerous chapters in books, and articles and reviews in scholarly journals becoming an internationally recognised scholar in these fields.
Robert Fabbri – Writing the Classical era into Fiction
His first novel, Vespasian: Tribune of Rome, was published in May 2011 by Corvus, the genre imprint of Atlantic. The second book, Rome’s Executioner, was published in May 2012. With the third book, The False God of Rome, already complete he has just embarked on book four which has a working title of Rome’s Fallen Eagle. There will be seven books in the series as well as spin-off short stories revolving around Vespasian’s friend Magnus and his crossroads brethren; the first of these, The Crossroads Brotherhood, was published on Kindle on 25th December 2011
2pm – 3pm
Tom Harper – The Whole Truth: Ancient Philosophy and the Art of Detection
Tom Harper studied history at Lincoln College, Oxford. He is a member of the crime writers’ association, the Historic Novels Society, the Society of Authors, the International Thriller Writers and the Historical Writers’ Association.
Richard Jenkyns – God, Space & City in the Roman Imagination
Richard Jenkyns was an undergraduate at Balliol College, Oxford. He was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1972 to 1981, Lecturer in Classics, University of Bristol, 1978-81, and from 1981 to 2010 he was a Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Lady Margaret Hall. He became Professor of the Classical Tradition in 1999 and the University’s Public Orator in 2004. He was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship 2007-10.
Harry Eyres - Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet
Harry Eyres is a journalist, writer and poet. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he studied English language and literature. He will be talking about his new book ‘Horace and Me’
3.30pm – 4.15pm
Ruth Downie – Stories in Stones: Telling the Tales of Forgotten People
Ruth is the author of a series of mysteries featuring Roman Army medic and reluctant sleuth, Gaius Petreius Ruso. His latest adventure, SEMPER FIDELIS, was published in January in the USA and Canada.
M C Scott – Ciphers and Oracles. Spycraft in Ancient Rome
M C Scott qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Glasgow University and spent fifteen years in Newmarket and Cambridge specialising in anaesthesia and intensive care, before turning to writing as an alternative, less sleep-deprived, profession. She is the author of the Internationally bestselling Boudica series and the fourth book in her Rome series has just been published.
4.45pm – 5.30pm
Hard Heads, Hard Helmets – for the First Time Ever, Lindsey Davis and Simon Scarrow in Conversation.
Lindsey Davis is an English historical novelist, best known as the author of the Falco series of crime stories set in ancient Rome and its empire.
Simon Scarrow is best known for his Eagle Series of Roman Military fiction set in the territories of the Roman Empire, covering the second invasion of Britain and the subsequent prolonged campaign undertaken by the rump of the Julio-Claudian dyasty.
This event is being chaired by author M C Scott
10.30am – 11.30am and 2pm – 3pm
Matthew Ward – Ruthless Romans and Gruesome Greeks
All the nasy bits of classical history that you’ll never learn in school! Activities and fun with Matthew Ward, who appeared in three series of the award-winning ‘Horrible Histories’
12.15pm – 12.45pm
Storytelling with Hugh Lupton
Hugh Lupton is one of the most prominent figures in the Oral Storytelling Tradition. He co-founded the Company of Storytellers in 1985.
3.30pm – 4.30pm
Caroline Lawrence: Creative writing workshop for kids 8 to 88 years old!
Best-selling kids-lit author Caroline Lawrence is often asked ‘Where do you get your ideas? and ‘How do you start writing?’ In a lively, illustrated talk, Caroline will share over a dozen fun tips including: How to Plunder the Greek Myths, the three ingredients of a story, seven steps of a good plot, five archetypal characters from Pixar/Disney and How to Daydream. Bring your writer’s notebooks if you want to participate in some minute-long exercises… Or just sit back and enjoy!