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Helen of Troy at school

Bettany Hughes describes herself as "historian, author, broadcaster" and she is equally adept in all disciplines.

Bettany Hughes describes herself as "historian, author, broadcaster" and she is equally adept in all disciplines.

She has presented a popular series on Channel 4 about the Spartans and the Minoans and won universal praise for her book Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore, bringing to life one of the most renowned yet little known figures of Greek mythology.

Bettany will speak about the book at the Queen's Hall Arts Centre in Hexham on February 15 at an event organised by the town's Queen Elizabeth High School (QEHS) as part of its community arts programme.

Also present on the day will be Tamsin Shasha, artistic director of Actors of Dionysus, who will lead a masterclass on Euripides' portrayal of Helen in his play The Trojan Women.

"This is an exciting opportunity for people in the North-East to hear one of the prominent historians of our age combined with one of the leading practitioners of classical Greek drama," says Kathy White-Webster, head of drama at QEHS.

The event is open to sixth formers, students and the general public. Tickets, at £12.50 and £10, can be bought from the school - tel. (01434) 610340 or email sbates@qehs.net

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