These Great Athenians

"These Great Athenians weaves together the voices of the many isolated women of Homer’s Odyssey. Penelope waits for her husband’s return as she makes a shroud that foretells her doom., Scylla once a beautiful nymph turned monster prowls the sea hungry for flesh, the witch Circe turns the men who invade her island into pigs, while the dead women of Hades come to terms with their own fates.

"With deft hands Carter playfully unravels Homer’s work to restitch the stories of these great Athenians and question how do those without a voice find freedom within the world of men.”

These Great Athenians by Valentine Carter is published on 7 October 2021 by Imprint 27. You can pre-order it online or ask your favourite bookshop.

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Polari First Book Prize 2022

These Great Athenians has been shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize.

Reading at Waterstones, Bristol

Reading and some chatter with Claire Heywood at Waterstones in Bristol on 14 February 2022.


Reading in Bloomsbury

Event at Birkbeck College with Dr Jodie Kim (Birkbeck) and Harriet Birkenshaw (Nobrow) on 18 November 2021.

The Femnist Book Club Paris Podcast

Season 4 Episode 2: In conversation with Valentine Carter.

Mechanics' Institute Review

Interview (warning: my giant face will loom up at you).

Lucy Writers Platform

Interview with author Valentine Carter:'We know who we are because we know where we've come from'.

Foyles blog

A post about my favourite three retellings of Greek myths.