Abigail Walton

Arts, OldVenue

David Nicholls talks at LitFest

Us written by David Nicholls is a picaresque and poignant tale of a family under strain. Nicholls speaks of his utmost surprise at being nominated for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, arguably more difficult than previous years, as the prize opened its doors to American authors for the first time last year. But the judges,…

Arts, Uncategorized

“The Song Of Achilles”: Madeline Miller’s Rewriting Of The Iliad, Achilles’ Tale

Nearly 3,000 years since he was immortalized in Homer’s epic The Iliad, the Greek hero Achilles is still getting literary makeovers. He has appeared in Dante’s Inferno, Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida and the Captain Marvel comic-book series. A recent cluster of novels have featured this warrior, including literary writer David Malouf’s 2009 novel Ransom, and…