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2020 Bodley Lecture and Award of Bodley Medal: The Silence of the Girls

Pat Barker Interviewed by Richard Ovenden

Thursday, 2 April 2020

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £15

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Booker Prize-winning novelist Pat Barker talks about her latest novel The Silence of the Girls, a new take on The Iliad and a story about the cost of wars waged by men, and about her life and work. After the event, she will receive the Bodley Medal from Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden – awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds in which the Bodleian is active including literature, culture, science and communication.

The Silence of the Girls revolves around Queen Briseis, stolen from her homeland and given to the warrior Achilles. The war is a tale of male power, ego and violence. Barker’s novel focuses on the fate of the thousands of female slaves in the soldiers’ camp.

Barker has published 15 novels including the Regeneration Trilogy. The Ghost Road won the Booker Prize and Eye in the Door won the Guardian Fiction Prize. She is known for the directness of her writing and for themes of memory, trauma, survival and recovery.

Previous recipients of the Bodley Medal include Peter Carey, Hilary Mantel, Nicholas Hytner, Ian McEwan, Professor Mary Beard, William Boyd, Claire Tomalin and Kazuo Ishiguro.

Presented by the Bodleian Libraries.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden