Wednesday 21 April 2021 | 7:30pm

Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet

Wednesday 21 April 2021 | 7:30pm

Maggie O’Farrell: Hamnet

£6.00 - Single event ticket
£35.00£50.00 - Festival Pass
Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet is a bold, clever and flawless re-imagining of Shakespeare’s family life and the deserving Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020. Join her as she shares its genesis and genius. 

Making a welcome return to the festival, Maggie O’Farrell joins us to discuss Hamnet, arguably the book of her career. Scooping the coveted Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020, Hamnet is inspired by the short life of a sixteenth century boy – the son of the playwright William Shakespeare, whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written. The book is a brilliant and tender piece of historical fiction, re-imagining the bond between twins and a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. Come and hear from one of our finest novelists.

In conversation with writer Jo Browning Wroe, whose debut novel A Terrible Kindness will be published in Spring 2022.

Author Biography

Maggie O’Farrell is the author of The Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling memoir I am, I am, I am, and eight novels: After You’d Gone, My Lover’s Lover, The Distance Between Us, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, Instructions for a Heatwave, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, This Must Be the Place, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award, and Hamnet. She lives in Edinburgh.

Jo Browning Wroe (chair) grew up in a crematorium in Birmingham. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and is now Creative Writing Supervisor at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Her debut novel, A Terrible Kindness, was shortlisted for the Bridport Peggy Chapman-Andrews award. She has two adult daughters and lives with her husband in Cambridge.

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