Online Talk about “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 19 April 2021 > What's On

The winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction, Maggie O’Farrell, is doing a talk at the Irish Cultural Centre, or rather online, for the ICC, on 29 April. She’ll be discussing her winning novel, Hamnet, an imagined biography of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, who died at the age of 11. O’Farrell had been convinced that … Continue reading “Online Talk about “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell”

Women’s Prize Book News

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 24 March 2021 > What's On

The longlist has been announced for Britain’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021, which will be awarded in July. The prize was created after the 1991 Booker shortlist contained no books by women writers. To celebrate its 25th year, readers voted for a “winner of winners”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, … Continue reading “Women’s Prize Book News”

David Copperfield: Dickens for the 21st Century

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 22 March 2021 > What's On

The Personal History of David Copperfield is far from the first adaptation of Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel. But Armando Iannucci has given the story a very new feel, while keeping Dickens’ humour and playing with that idea of autobiography and the art of inventing oneself through the act of writing. Iannucci is known for … Continue reading “David Copperfield: Dickens for the 21st Century”

Zanele Muholi: Visual Activism

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 25 February 2021 > What's On

South African photographer Zanele Muholi describes themself as a visual activist. For the last 20 years, Muholi has explored the depiction of black women and the LGBTQIA+ community. Muholi’s photos are included in several modern art collections around the world and there is a currently a major exhibition of their work at Tate Modern in … Continue reading “Zanele Muholi: Visual Activism”

Discover Louisiana

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 09 February 2021 > What's On

Discover films, class visits and talks on New Orleans, Louisiana and Southern literature thanks to the Travelling Film Festival and the Institut Franco-Américan in Rennes. New Orleans is the star of this year’s festival, which is going ahead despite cinemas being closed. In fact, it’s even being extended for classes in Ile-et-Vilaine: film showings and … Continue reading “Discover Louisiana”

Online Talk About President Kennedy

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 02 February 2021 > What's On

The American Library in Paris is continuing to run “evening with an author” events despite the curfew. And the advantage is you can tune in for free from anywhere, and there’s no limit on numbers. On 16 February, it will feature an interview with Pulitzer-prizewinning historian Fredrik Logevall on his biography of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. … Continue reading “Online Talk About President Kennedy”