Festival Event: Ovid’s Heroines

pollardA Poetry Performance by Claire Pollard

23rd March, 8pm, Quad South Hall, York St John University

‘Ovid’s Heroides, written in Rome some time around 20BC, is a series of poems in the voices of women from Greek and Roman myth. Fifteen women – including Dido, Medea, Penelope and Ariadne – address the men they love. Poet Clare Pollard’s new free verse translation (published by Bloodaxe Books) rediscovers Ovid’s Heroines for the 21st Century, bringing to life a cast of women who are brave, bitchy, sexy, horrifying, heartbreaking and surprisingly modern.

Jaybird Live Literature brings the Heroines to the stage in a new live literature production. Clare reads, recites and performs her astonishing poems against a backdrop of Mediterranean light, and heartbreaking sound. Love letters fly back and forth between the ancient world and modern Britain – the messages of longing, suffering and beauty they bear are universal and timeless.’

Free – Book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ovids-heroines-tickets-14371967943