24 Apr 2024

Natalie Haynes on bringing the classical world to the modern one

From Nine To Noon, 10:05 am on 24 April 2024
Headshot of woman next to book about Ancient Greek goddesses.

Author Natalie Haynes and her latest book: 'Divine Might: Goddesses in Greek Myth' Photo: Auckland Writers Festival

Natalie Haynes is an author, stand-up comedian and self-confessed nerd.

As a teenager she embraced Latin and Ancient Greek, before going on to study classics under the famed Professor Mary Beard.

Moving between the macho world of comedy and the male-dominated world of the classics, Haynes began retelling the stories we thought we knew about ancient Greece.

Her feminist take on the famous Greek myths rebalances the scales - giving us a woman's perspective on the tales so often overshadowed by men.

Her latest book, Divine Might: Goddesses in Greek Myth, continues her work of reevaluating the characters and stories so often left out.

Natalie Haynes will be speaking at the Auckland Writers Festival next month.