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  • Date and time: Saturday 8 June 2024, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Law and Sociology Building, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

For a period in time that gave us Sappho, and the love affair of Achilles and Patroclus, the Ancient Greek relationship with queer folk is a lot more complicated than at first glance.

Yet, as ancient historian Jean Menzies will highlight, Greek myths are being reclaimed and reimagined by LGBTQ+ writers and readers to explore modern day queer joy and queer struggles. They are queering the ancient Greek myths.

Join Jean, the author of All the Violet Tiaras, and discover how LGBTQ+ writers and readers have reclaimed an ancient and timeless form of storytelling featuring re-imaginings of recognisable characters to give voice to a community that has always existed but has not always been able to speak out.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too. 

About the speaker

Jean Menzies is an ancient historian and award-winning author from Scotland. She writes on antiquity for both adults and children as well as publishing fantasy under Jean Z. Menzies. Jean also runs the successful history podcast 'That's Ancient History' and YouTube channel 'Jean's Thoughts'.


University of York

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop