Midlands3Cities student Miranda Jones will be sharing her insights on this topic at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust where she has been acting as a Research Advocate.
"In 1991, the Royal Shakespeare Company commissioned a version of Homer’s The Odyssey from Sir Derek Walcott (1930-2017). At the time, the St Lucian poet and playwright’s Homeric epic Omeros had witnessed wide acclaim, eventually helping to earn him the Nobel Prize in Literature (awarded in 1992). Walcott agreed to the project, working tirelessly to draft the final script. The Odyssey was directed by Gregory Doran (now the current Artistic Director), and premiered in 1992, gaining glowing reviews from theatrical critics. This was to be a work of great artistic vision and a demonstration that Walcott was as skilled a playwright as a poet. As a tribute to this great talent, SBT Research Advocate Miranda Jones (University of Birmingham) will discuss The Odyssey using material from the SBT archives, illuminated by readings from Walcott’s work."