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Classics Now: The Future of the Past

November 13-15

This weekend festival will showcase the current burst of exploration and re-engagement with Classics and the ancient world. Artists, writers and thinkers, international and Irish, are taking Classics as a lens to examine our contemporary cultural and political preoccupations and challenges.

Alongside the main programme there will be a roster of inviting encounters including readings and performances, both live and online, in public spaces such as art galleries and libraries, with a number of events aimed at second and third level students. In interviews, discussions, film screenings, theatre, dance performances and exhibitions, you will see and hear from artists who are working in different genres and art forms, in thought-provoking and imaginative ways.

Come and join the new Renaissance!


Andrea Marcolongo

Italian journalist and classicist Andrea Marcolongo will talk about her inspiring and best-selling book, The Ingenious Language: Nine Epic Reasons to Love Greek, in conversation online with New York-based editor and writer Mary Norris, author of Greek To Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen.

Daniel Mendelsohn

Award-winning memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn, Editor-at-Large at the New York Review of Books, will be in conversation online with Sebastian Barry, Laureate for Irish Fiction. Daniel Mendelsohn’s books include An Odyssey: a Father, a Son and an Epic and The Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones.

Natalie Haynes

We’ll be joining sparkling broadcaster, novelist and classicist Natalie Haynes online on her sofa in London to peer into Pandora’s Jar, her latest take on the ever-fascinating women of Greek myth, whom she wrote about so memorably in A Thousand Ships.

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