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Natalie Haynes in Ely

Tuesday 18th October

  • Venue St Peter's Church, Broad Street, Ely, CB7 4AH
  • Doors open 7pm
  • Start time 7.30pm
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‘So to mortal men, we are monsters. Because of our flight, our strength. They fear us, so they call us monsters.’

Join Natalie Haynes to celebrate her new novel Stone Blind. With her characteristic passion, compelling narrative, and attentive knowledge of the original myth she presents Medusa as we have never seen her before.

Medusa is the sole mortal in a family of gods. Growing up with her Gorgon sisters, she begins to realize that she is the only one who experiences change, the only one who can be hurt. And her mortal lifespan gives her an urgency that her family will never know.

When the sea god Poseidon commits an unforgivable act in the temple of Athene, the goddess takes her revenge where she can – and Medusa is changed forever. Writhing snakes replace her hair, and her gaze now turns any living creature to stone. The power cannot be controlled: Medusa can look at nothing without destroying it. She is condemned to a life of shadows and darkness.

Until Perseus embarks upon a quest to fetch the head of a Gorgon . . .

Natalie Haynes is a writer and broadcaster. She is the author of The Amber FuryThe Children of Jocasta, and A Thousand Ships, which was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020. Her non-fiction book about women in Greek Myth, Pandora’s Jar, was a New York Times Bestseller in 2022. We are excited to welcome her back to Ely!