Guest Speakers

Keynote: Gideon Nisbet

Gideon Nisbet researches and teaches in classical reception, the study of how later cultures represent and lay claim to the ancient past, with particular emphasis on reception of classical antiquity in modern popular culture and subcultures. His books include Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture (Exeter Press, 2006, 2nd edition 2008) and Greek Epigram in Reception: J. A. Symonds, Oscar Wilde, and the Invention of Desire, 1805-1929 (OUP, 2013). He has recently translated the epigrams of Martial for OUP World’s Classics and is beginning research into receptions of Lucian. 


Practicioner: Clare Pollard

Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978 and lives in London.  Her first collection of poetry, The Heavy-Petting Zoo was written whilst she was still at school, and received an Eric Gregory Award. It was followed by Bedtime and Look, Clare! Look!, which was made a set text on the WJEC A-level syllabus.  Her fourth collection Changeling is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.  Clare has co-translated Poems by Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, and her new version of Ovid’s Heroines, published by Bloodaxe, is currently touring as a one-woman show with Jaybird Live Literature. She blogs regularly about life as a poet at www.clarepollard.com

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