The Getty Villa
Copresented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Renowned British poet and classicist Alice Oswald—whose elegiac Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad won the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing—shared her thoughts about Light as a character in Homer's The Odyssey and read a poem on the subject.

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.

This program was presented 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. During October, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library, in partnership with creative and academic communities around the city, presented a diverse slate of public programs that consider this classic tale of adventure and endurance and its meaning and relevance today. Authors, performers, artists, and storytellers journeyed 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. Visit The L.A. Odyssey Project for details.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.