War Music

25th April 2016 19:30
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Christopher Logue (1926-2011) was a political rebel, inventor of the poster poem, pioneer of poetry and jazz, but he dedicated almost half his life to a very different project: a rewriting of Homer’s Iliad. Each volume of this modern epic was a radical reimagining of Homer’s tale of warfare, human folly and the power of the gods.

War Music is now widely recognised as Logue’s masterpiece. This unique event will combine performance of this epic poem by celebrated actor Harriet Walter with a discussion with Logue’s editor Christopher Reid, acclaimed poet Alice Oswald who was inspired by Logue and classicist Bettany Hughes who will shed light on who will shed light on the original Iliad and its significance.

Alice Oswald is an award winning poet, and the author of Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad. Her new collection, Falling Awake will be published in 2016.

Bettany Hughes is a celebrated broadcaster, author and historian. She has made several documentaries including the BBC series Divine Women. Her latest book The Hemlock Cup (2011) was a New York Times bestseller.

Christopher Reid is the author of several collections of poetry, including the comic verse tale Six Bad Poets (2013). From 1991 to 1999 he was Poetry Editor at Faber & Faber, working with Ted Hughes to edit Christopher Logue.

Harriet Walter is an acclaimed actress who has performed extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company where amongst other roles, she played Cleopatra in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ alongside Patrick Stewart. Her screen credits include Atonement, Sense and Sensibility, Bright Young Things, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Law & Order and Downtown Abbey.
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