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 there was a connection between Hamnet and Hamlet since she studied the play at school and heard that Shakespeare's son with almost the same name had died. She imagined that death in the context of the Plague in the novel, and fleshed out the very little information we have about Shakespeare's wife, Ann Hathaway, to bring her to life.
See our article on the Women's Prize for more information.
An Evening with Maggie O'Farrell
Centre culturel irlandais
Thursday 29 April at 8 p.m.
This online event is free but you need to sign up to receive the link.
The event is in English but coincides with the publication of the French edition of the novel by Belfond.
Also available on the CCI's Facebook page, even without a Facebook account.
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