Miami Book Fair (Miami, FL USA)
Nov
17
2:30 PM14:30

Miami Book Fair (Miami, FL USA)

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Madeline Miller’s Circe is an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world. In Emily Wilson’s fresh, authoritative version of the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman, this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way.

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Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA)
Dec
6
11:30 AM11:30

Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA)

DECEMBER 06 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Mayser Gymnasium

Emily Wilson 

Common Hour enables the entire Franklin & Marshall College community to gather for culturally and academically enriching events at midday each Thursday during the academic year. This opportunity to engage in a campus-wide dialogue originates with Common Hour and then extends beyond the confines of 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. into classrooms, house commons, dining halls and beyond.  

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Key West Literary Seminar (Florida)
Jan
10
to Jan 13

Key West Literary Seminar (Florida)

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Each year, the Key West Literary Seminar explores a particular literary theme. For our 37th event, January 10-13, 2019, we’ll assemble some of today’s most dazzling writers for a journey through literary archetypes—from Shakespeare and Homer to African folktales and early 20th-century novels and comic-book heroes—as we seek to understand the nature of literary influence.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The talk will describe Emily Wilson's approach to translating the Odyssey, and use this project as a springboard for further reflections on the practice and theory of translation within the world of Greek and Roman classics.

Emily Wilson is a Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Wilson did her B.A. in Literae Humaniores (Classics, Literature, and Philosophy) at Balliol College Oxford; M.Phil. in English Renaissance literature at Corpus College Oxford; and PhD in Comparative Literature and Classics at Yale.  She is the author of three monographs, “Mocked with Death” (on the tragic tradition from Sophocles to Milton), “The Death of Socrates”, and “The Greatest Empire”, a life of Seneca.  She has been for many years the Classics editor of the Norton anthology of World Literature.  She has written many reviews and essays and had published several verse translations, including Seneca’s tragedies, four plays of Euripides, and the Odyssey.

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New York Society Library (New York, NY)
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

New York Society Library (New York, NY)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30 PM | Members' Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

In this fresh, authoritative version—the work’s first English translation by a woman—this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer’s music.

Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena, whose interventions guide and protect the hero, to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus, who struggles to achieve adulthood and find his father; from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, who somehow keeps clamoring suitors at bay during her husband’s long absence, to the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this translation as a more fully rounded human being than ever before. This is an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of scholars, students, and general readers alike.

Emily Wilson grew up in Oxford, UK, and studied Classics at Balliol College, and English Literature at Corpus Christi College. Her PhD. is from Yale in Classics and Comparative Literature. She is currently a Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written books on tragedy and “overliving,” the long afterlife of the death of Socrates, and a life of Seneca. She has also done several verse translations of classical verse drama and epic, including Seneca’s tragedies, four plays of Euripides, and Homer’s Odyssey.

To register, use the form below. With registration questions, call the Events Office at 212.288.6900 x230.

Price 

$15.00

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Midtown Scholar Books (Harrisburg, PA)
Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Midtown Scholar Books (Harrisburg, PA)

Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey has been called "a masterpiece of translation," "a poetic feast," and "a staggeringly superior translation." Meanwhile, Madeline Miller's novel Circe, a creative retelling of the goddess Circe's story, took the world by storm this summer, quickly becoming a #1 New York Times Bestseller. 

The Midtown Scholar is thrilled to welcome author and scholar Emily Wilson and welcome BACK Madeline Miller for a conversation on translating The Odyssey.

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Columbia University (New York City)
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Columbia University (New York City)

Literary Translation at Columbia: Emily Wilson

Organized by Susan Bernofsky, Writing

Emily Wilson is professor of Classical Studies and chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Mocked to Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton (2004), The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint (2007), and The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca (2014), as well as the translator of Six Tragedies of Seneca (2010) and four plays by Euripides (The Greek Plays, 2016).

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required; it is first come, first served. Also, please note that doors will open to Columbia Writing students at 6:30pm, and will then open to the general public at 6:45pm, so we do encourage guests to arrive early in order to ensure seating. writing@columbia.edu

DATE:Wed November 7, 2018TIME:7:00 PM 
LOCATION:501 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

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Scripps College (Claremont, CA)
Oct
24
12:15 PM12:15

Scripps College (Claremont, CA)

First published in English around 1615, Homer’s The Odyssey has been foundational reading for generations. Four hundred and two years later, the first translation into English by a woman of this canonical text has made its way onto bookshelves. Emily Wilson, professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will read from her translation and discuss her approach to the project.

This program is presented in partnership with the Scripps College Department of Classics.

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UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

In her stunning new translation of The Odyssey—the first-ever English translation by a woman—renowned classics scholar Emily Wilson brings a fresh perspective to Homer’s masterpiece while still conveying the humanity and heroic power of the original Greek. Wilson is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the author of Mocked to Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton, and the translator of plays by Seneca and Euripides.

Readings are followed by discussion with author and UCLA professor Mona Simpson, who organizes this series. Supported in part by the UCLA Department of English and the Friends of English.

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Enoch Pratt Free Library-- Govans Branch (Baltimore MD)
Oct
12
4:00 PM16:00

Enoch Pratt Free Library-- Govans Branch (Baltimore MD)

An Evening with Emily Wilson, translator of Homer’s Odyssey

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.

Emily Wilson’s new translation — the first by a woman — captivates readers from the opening sentence: “Tell me about a complicated man.” Professor Wilson captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus; from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, to the complicated hero himself.

Beginning this fall, students in four Maryland high schools will create new theater work, artwork, and history projects using this new, accessible translation of the Odyssey. To celebrate this academic milestone, the Pratt will host a conversation open to the public with translator Emily Wilson, Professor of Classical Studies and graduate chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Wilson will be joined by:

Lillian Doherty, Professor & Chair, Dept. of Classics, University of Maryland.

Shirley Basfield DunlapPh.D., Associate Professor of Fine & Performing Arts at Morgan State University.

Thomas Falkner, Professor of Classics at McDaniel College.

Emily Hayman, Ph.D., Instructor in Literature, Bard High School Early College.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the program.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale at a book signing following the program.

This program is made possible with generous support from Maryland Humanities, the Society for Classical Studies, the Onassis Foundation USA, and the Mitzvah Fund for Good Deeds.

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Poets House (New York, NY)
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Poets House (New York, NY)

The first woman to translate the Odyssey into English, scholar Emily Wilson “has given Homer’s epic a radically contemporary voice” (The New York Times). In this talk, she discusses the challenges of making this ancient work feel alive now, discussing formal decisions (meter, word choice, pacing, stylistic register) she made in bringing out Homer’s many voices.  She will also read from her translation.

Emily Wilson is professor of Classical Studies and chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Mocked to Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton (2004), The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint (2007), and The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca (2014), as well as the translator of Six Tragedies of Seneca (2010) and four plays by Euripides (The Greek Plays, 2016).

Event Sponsored By: 

Poets House, co-sponsored by the Battery Park City Authority

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members

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Seamus Heaney HomePlace (Ireland)
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Seamus Heaney HomePlace (Ireland)

The Odyssey: Find The Beginning with Emily Wilson

22 Jul 

At the Helicon

The Helicon is our intimate 190-seater performance space, designed with a nod to the Greek theatre which Seamus Heaney so loved, and where you can enjoy theatre, music, song, poetry, readings and talks inspired by his life and literature on the traverse stage.
 
Helicon, a mountain in Greece, is a sacred site in Greek mythology, said to have been favoured by the nine Muses – or Goddesses - who shared their divine gifts with mortals. It is the location of the Hippocrene spring which, in legend, is a source of poetic inspiration.

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West Cork Literary Festival (Ireland)
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

West Cork Literary Festival (Ireland)

Emily Wilson has written a lean, fleet-footed translation of The Odyssey that recaptures Homer’s ‘nimble gallop’ and brings an ancient epic to new life.

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world.

This vivid new poetic translation—the first ever by a woman—matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace. Eschewing showy poeticisms and high-flown rhetoric, Emily Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’ that avoids proclaiming its own grandeur or importance.

An engrossing tale told in a compelling new voice that allows contemporary readers to luxuriate in Homer’s magical descriptions and similes and to thrill at the tension and excitement of its hero’s fantastical adventures, Wilson’s Odyssey recaptures what is ‘epic’ about this wellspring of world literature.

This event is presented in conjunction with Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Cost
€16

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Marathon Reading of the Odyssey @One Grand Books (Narrowsburg, NY)
Jun
16
to Jun 17

Marathon Reading of the Odyssey @One Grand Books (Narrowsburg, NY)

 

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Saturday June 16th

The Odyssey Books 1 & 2: A Marathon launches with Emily Wilson
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The Union, 7 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

On your marks, get set... read! Emily Wilson launches our marathon reading of The Odyssey with books 1 & 2, in which our hero, Odysseus, is presumed dead, while the goddess Athena sets the scene for an epic journey. The reading is accompanied by "The Suit," a series of reconstructions and musings over the history of the three-piece suit – lead by Morgan Puett, co-founder of Mildred’s Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity.)

 

The Odyssey Book 3: Dylan Baker reads An Old King Remembers
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
The Library, 198 Bridge St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

The Tony-nominated actor continues our marathon reading.

 

The Odyssey Book 4: What the Sea God Said: a virtual reality experience
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
The Library, 198 Bridge St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

The Odyssey Book 5: From the Goddess to the Storm: Lucy Taylor and Kameron Neal
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
Chi Hive, 22 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

The actor Lucy Taylor, best known for her work with Elevator Repair Service and The Wooster Group, reads book five of The Odyssey, "From the Goddess to the Storm," in which the nymph Calypso reluctantly allows the hero to return home. With video by Kameron Neal.

 

The Odyssey Book 6: A Princess and Her Laundry featuring Becky Ann Baker and Tom Bosket
1:15 - 1:45 PM
Chi Hive, 22 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

The Emmy-nominated actor, best known for Freaks & Geeks and Girls, reads from book six of The Odyssey, with a live artscape created by Tom Bosket.

 

A.M. Holmes reads from her new collection of short stories Days of Awe
1:45 - 2:45

 

The Odyssey Book 7: A Magical Kingdom featuring Phillip Goodwin and Amy Yoes
3:00 - 3:30
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

Phillip Goodwin reads from book seven with a video performance by Amy Yoes

 

The Odyssey Book 8: The Songs of a Poet featuring Amanda Stern and a video by Rodger Belknap
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Delaware Valley Arts Alliance 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

The Odyssey Book 9: A Pirate in a Shepherd’s Cave featuring Tannis Kowalchuk & artwork by Hana Marritz
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
256 Bridge St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764


The Odyssey Book 10: The Winds and the Witch featuring Tilda Swinton
4:45 - 5:15 PM
Maison Bergogne, 226 Bridge St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764


The Odyssey Book 11: The Dead featuring Marlon James
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
St Paul's Lutheran Church, 31 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg, NY 12764


The Odyssey Book 12: Difficult Choices featuring Debbie Fisher Palmarini
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Gazebo by the bridge Narrowsburg, NY 12764

Enjoy local beeswax and honey ice cream

 

The Odyssey Book 13: Two Tricksters
6:30 PM
Gazebo by the bridge Narrowsburg, NY 12764

Immerse yourself in the written word with a Zine created by Jordan Nassar

 

Masha Gessen and Nina Burleigh: The Art of Reporting in Trump’s America
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA

Join Masha Gessen, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and winner of the 2017 National Book Award for The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, and Nina Burleigh, National Politics Correspondent for Newsweek as they discuss their investigative journalism with WNYC’s political editor, Andrea Bernstein. RSVP to RSVP@grandeditorial.com to guarantee a seat.

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Penny Arcade in Longing Lasts Longer
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA

The performance legend brings her hit show to the Tusten Theater with cocktails by The Laundrette.

Tickets also available from Narrowsburg Proper, Mayer Wasner, Robin's Wine Store in Narrowsburg, DVAA, and One Grand Books.

 

Sunday June 17th

The Odyssey Book 14: A Loyal Slave featuring Emily Wilson and Marc Switko
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

The Odyssey Book 15: The Prince Returns
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

The Odyssey Book 16: Father & Son featuring Mark Ruffalo
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Delaware Valley Arts Alliance 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

The Odyssey Book 17: Insults & Abuse featuring Penny Arcade
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Emerald Ballroom, 40 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

The Odyssey Book 18: Two Beggars
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Mayer Wasner, 58 Main St.

 

The Odyssey Book 19: The Queen and the Beggar
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The Union, 7 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

The Odyssey Book 20: The Last Banquet featuring Kristin Worrall
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Union, 7 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

The Odyssey Book 21: An Archery Contest featuring Dr. Lennon
2:15 - 2:45
The Laundrette 20 5th St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

The Odyssey Book 22: Bloodshed featuring Ryan Ward and Ken Luck
2:45 - 3:15
The Laundrette 20 5th St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

The Odyssey Book 23: The Olive Tree Bed
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Platform, Main St Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA

 

The Odyssey Book 24: Restless Spirits
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
The Platform, Main St Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

Movie Homecomings: Sunset Song
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Narrowsburg Union, 7 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

 

Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel, set mostly on the fictional Estate of Kinraddie in northeastern Scotland in the years before World War I, is a British literary classic, no lovingly translated into film by the auteur Terence Davies.

 

Movie Homecomings: Marjorie Prime
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Union Works, 7 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

Starring Geena Davies, Tim Robbins, and Jon Hamm, this sci-fi movies directed Michael Almereyda's sci-fi movies, in which a holographic-generated “prime” helps an 85-year old woman (Lois Smith) deal with Alzheimers, was widely praised on its release last summer. "There’s more going on in this movie’s 90-plus minutes than in many summer blockbusters nearly twice its length," wrote Glenn Kenny in The New York Times.

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Movie Homecomings: I Know Where I'm Going
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Union Works, 7 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg, NY 12764

Directed by the great Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, this 1945 romantic drama, stars Wendy Hiller as a young middle class Englishwoman with an ambitious, independent spirit who is forced to wait out a storm on the Isle of Mull.

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Deep Water Literary Festival, One Grand Books (Narrowsburg, NY)
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Deep Water Literary Festival, One Grand Books (Narrowsburg, NY)

See Emily Wilson in person at our inaugural #deepwaterlitfest in #Narrowsburg discussing her translation Friday June 15 (Wilson will also kick of a marathon reading of The Odyssey on Sat 16th June at the Union at 10.30am).

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THE FESTIVAL

Join us for a magical three-day festival for people who love books, and the writers that inspire them, with a series of readings, performances, and a marathon, multi-venue reading of The Odyssey.

From a panel on pioneering women, to a poetry and pizza slam; from live musical performances to literary karaoke, explore the beautiful river town of Narrowsburg, NY by foot while celebrating the power of words and the joy of reading.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Reserve your tickets ahead of time to secure your spot. Tickets will be available at the door if space allows

Special Performance by Penny Arcade

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SCHEDULE

Friday June 15th

Opening Night Cocktail Party & Recitals
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Street, Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA

Join local merchants as they open their doors for a Odyssey-themed cocktail party and readings.

Bella Bathurst: A Meditation on Sound
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Gloria Krause Recital Hall, DVAA, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg 12764

In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. For the next twelve years, deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again. Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and – as Bella eventually did – to get it back, and what that teaches you about listening and silence, music and noise.

Emily Wilson: On Translating Homer's The Odyssey
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Gloria Krause Recital Hall, DVAA, 37 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY 12764

Emily Wilson is the first woman to translate the Greek epic into English. She talk about her process, and her radical break with the past.

Jake Shears: Boys Keep Swinging
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Gloria Krause Recital Hall, DVAA, 37 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY 12764

Jake Shears of Scissors Sisters is up to read from his new memoir “Boys Keep Swinging”

 

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Hay Festival (UK) The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer
May
27
4:00 PM16:00

Hay Festival (UK) The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer

The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating HomerSunday 27 May 2018, 4pm Venue: Oxfam Moot

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey, is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travelers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. The vivid new translation, the first by a woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’. She recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature. This inaugural translation lecture is given in the name of the pre-eminent translator, whose peerless work rendering French, Danish and German literature into English ranges from Asterix to Austerlitz.  Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

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The Bath Festival (UK)
May
26
12:45 PM12:45

The Bath Festival (UK)

To the Western world’s first great adventure story, The Odyssey, comes its first female translator, classicist Emily Wilson, whose sprightly and fresh version is already garnering huge praise. Join her and hear extended readings from Homer’s epic tale of war, violence and the long journey home – themes that remain as pressing now as they ever were.

Venue: Assembly Rooms

Price: £10 (£9)

 

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Bristol Festival of Ideas (UK)
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Bristol Festival of Ideas (UK)

FoI at Waterstones/

Thu 24 May 2018
19:00-20:00

Waterstones
Price: £8/ £6

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage and family; about travellers, hospitality and the yearning for home. Classicist Emily Wilson discusses her new translation of The Odyssey – the first English translation by a woman. She talks about her work on the text and reveals how the ancient story is relevant today.

 

She is in conversation with Sarah LeFanu.

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The Wheeler Center (Melbourne, Australia)
May
8
12:30 PM12:30

The Wheeler Center (Melbourne, Australia)

Bizarre, brutal and beautiful, Homer’s The Odyssey is a story of adventure and revenge. It’s one of our oldest stories and an enduring source of obsession for readers, scholars and storytellers.

In Australia, if you studied The Odyssey at school or at university, you probably read it in English and in prose. How much of the rhythm, pace and spirit of Homer’s epic Greek poem has been lost through dozens of English translations over hundreds of years? And what can a new, radical intervention from a different kind of translator bring to our understanding of the story?

Classicist Emily Wilson is the author of an immersive translation that breathes new life into The Odyssey. Written in startling, spirited verse, Wilson’s Odyssey soars and sings. At the centre of all the action is, of course, the sacker of cities and slayer of suitors, Odysseus himself. In Wilson’s telling, our hero is introduced as ‘a complicated man’; a figure of many moods and layers.

In May, this remarkable scholar – and the first woman to translate The Odyssey in English – will discuss translation, truth and complex heroes with Alison Croggon.

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Sydney Writer's Festival (Australia)
May
6
4:30 PM16:30

Sydney Writer's Festival (Australia)

In 2017, Emily Wilson became the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English. Her translation of the 12,110-line epic poem offered a fresh perspective on the rousing tale of shipwrecks, monsters and magic. Her text has been praised for its accuracy and an accessibility that brings the ancient work into the 21st century ... . Speaking to Jennifer Byrne, Emily elaborates on her approach to translating the second-oldest text in Western literature and why it remains so vital today.

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Newell Classical Event at St. John's College, University of Cambridge (UK)
May
3
7:15 PM19:15

Newell Classical Event at St. John's College, University of Cambridge (UK)

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The Newell Classical Event 2018, celebrating the classical world, is to take place at St John’s College on 3 May.

Emily Wilson’s acclaimed new translation of Homer’s Odyssey has been described as ‘a new cultural landmark’ (The Guardian) and 'an Odyssey for our moment’ (The Spectator).

The Newell Classical Event will take place at 7.15pm on Thursday 3 May in the Palmerston Room, Fisher Building, St John’s College. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, and pre-booking is not necessary. For further information, please contact tjgw100@cam.ac.uk

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Daunt Books, London (UK)
May
2
12:30 PM12:30

Daunt Books, London (UK)

Event Details

10 pounds admission

Wednesday 2nd May at 12:30pm
Event takes place at Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW.
Please collect your tickets at the venue.

Emily Wilson has been much lauded on both sides of the Atlantic for her brilliant new translation of Homer’s Odyssey, which is also the first English translation by a woman.

“Fresh, crisp and thoughtful, the translation reflects smart choices across the board…Homer has long deserved better, as have his readers. Now we have it.” i Paper

‘Wilson’s version is an exciting one’ Mary Beard

 

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Gods and Mortals: Madeline Miller with Emily Wilson at the New York Public Library
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Gods and Mortals: Madeline Miller with Emily Wilson at the New York Public Library

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FREE Tickets available at https://www.showclix.com/event/godsandmortals/tag/pub

New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
42nd St and 5th Ave

The author of the international bestseller The Song of Achilles returns with her latest novel, the story of the mythological sorceress Circe, inspired by The Odyssey. She speaks about it with classicist and Odyssey translator Emily Wilson.

Madeline Miller's first novel, The Song of Achilles, transformed The Iliad from a vast impersonal epic into an intimate and poignant love story, combining scholarship with creativity to such heights that Miller won comparisons to Mary Renault and Margaret Atwood—as well as the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. Now Miller turns her mind to Homer's other great work, and one of mythology's most riveting figures, in Circe.

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