To mark the publication of Galatea, a brand-new short story from the internationally bestselling author of The Song of Achilles and Circe
Spend an evening with award-winning author Madeline Miller as she celebrates the publication of her enchanting new short story that boldly reimagines the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea.
In Ancient Greece, a skilled marble sculptor has been blessed by a goddess who has given his masterpiece – the most beautiful woman the town has ever seen – the gift of life. Now his wife, he expects Galatea to please him, to be obedience and humility personified. But she has desires of her own, and yearns for independence.
In a desperate bid by her obsessive husband to keep Galatea under control, she is locked away under the constant supervision of doctors and nurses. But with a daughter to rescue, she is determined to break free, whatever the cost...
In conversation for this virtual event, Madeline will explore the inspiration behind her new story and how it feels to return to the realm of Ancient Greek mythology. An expert in classical history, languages, and literature, she will share her researching and writing process, how she has been fascinated by Homer since childhood, along with what it felt like to have her novel The Song of Achilles become a viral TikTok sensation 9 years after publication.
Don’t miss the opportunity to spend an evening with one of the most exciting writers of our time.
‘Miller makes these age-old texts thrum with contemporary relevance’ Observer