We are beyond thrilled to welcome Natalie Haynes - Women's Prize shortlisted-author, comedian, broadcaster, and (according to the Washington Post) rockstar mythologist - back to Edinburgh. This time round, Natalie will be lighting up Greenside Church with a talk on _Divine Might: Goddesses in Greek Myth_; her follow-up to the bookshop favourite, _Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths._
We meet Athene, who sprang fully formed from her father's head: goddess of war and wisdom, guardian of Athens. We run with Artemis, goddess of hunting and protector of young girls (apart from those she decides she wants as a sacrifice). Here is Aphrodite, goddess of sex and desire - there is no deity more determined and able to make you miserable if you annoy her. And then there's the queen of all the Olympian gods: Hera, Zeus's long-suffering wife, whose jealousy of his dalliances with mortals, nymphs and goddesses lead her to wreak elaborate, vicious revenge on those who have wronged her.
We also meet Demeter, goddess of agriculture and mother of the kidnapped Persephone, we sing the immortal song of the Muses and we warm ourselves with Hestia, goddess of the hearth and sacrificial fire. The Furies carry flames of another kind - black fires of vengeance for those who incur their wrath.
These goddesses are as mighty, revered and destructive as their male counterparts. Isn't it time we looked beyond the columns of a ruined temple to the awesome power within?
Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster and – according to the Washington Post – a rock star mythologist. Her first novel, _The Amber Fury_, was published to great acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, as was _The Ancient Guide to Modern Life_, her previous book. Her second novel, _The Children of Jocasta,_ was published in 2017. Her retelling of the Trojan War, _A Thousand Ships_, was published in 2019. It was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2020. It has been translated into multiple languages. Her most recent non-fiction book, _Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myth_ was published in Oct 2020, and reached number 2 in the New York Times Bestseller chart. Her novel about Medusa, _Stone Blind_, was published in Sep 2022 and Margaret Atwood liked it. So did Neil Gaiman.
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