October 09, 2014

Getty Villa Participates in the L.A. Odyssey Project with Lecture by Poet and Classicist Alice Oswald

Alice Oswald: In Light of Homer's Odyssey 

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa 
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

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Poet Alice Oswald
LOS ANGELES – On October 16 at the Getty Villa, renowned British poet and classicist Alice Oswald—whose elegiac Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad won the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing—shares her thoughts about Light as a character in Homer’s The Odyssey and reads a poem on the subject. The lecture is co-presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library as part of The L.A. Odyssey Project, a month-long celebration and exploration of Homer’s epic poem depicting Odysseus’ turbulent journey home from the Trojan War.

About Alice Oswald

Alice Oswald was trained in classics at New College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Her many honors and awards include the Forward Prize 1996 with The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile, the T. S. Eliot Prize with Dart, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 2006 with Woods, etc., the inaugural Ted Hughes Award with Weeds and Wild Flowers, and a Cholmondeley Award in 2009 for her contribution to poetry. She lives in Devon, England with her husband and two children.

The L.A. Odyssey Project

During the month of October, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library, in partnership with creative and academic communities around the city, present a diverse slate of public programs that consider Homer’s classic tale of adventure and endurance and its meaning and relevance today. Authors, performers, artists, and storytellers journey through neighborhoods of Los Angeles to explore the connections between literature, history, science, and the humanities to shine a distinctly Southern California light on this timeless story of human struggle. For the full schedule of programs please visit

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Visiting the Getty Villa
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