Stand-up comedian and classics scholar Natalie Haynes is in an excellent position to tell ancient stories in entertaining ways. Natalie comes to the Festival with her second novel, The Children of Jocasta, fresh off the press. In conversation with Stephanie Russo, Natalie discusses her new work, a unique reimagining of the Oedipus and Antigone myths through the eyes of two women who went unnoticed over the centuries, offering a new angle on an ancient story.

Natalie Haynes (International)

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Natalie Haynes is a broadcaster and comedian and the author of The Amber Fury and The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. She also writes for the Guardian and The Independent. She has spoken widely on the modern relevance of the classical world. Her latest book The Children of Jocasta will be published in early May.

Stephanie Russo (Australian)

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Stephanie Russo is a lecturer in English Literature at Macquarie University in Sydney. She is the author of Women in Revolutionary Debate: Female Novelists from Burney to Austen and the editor of The French Revolution and the British Novel in the Romantic Period. Her research focuses on women's writing of the long eighteenth century, and she is currently working on a project about the Romantic-era novelist and actress Mary Darby Robinson.