Mon, 6 September 2021

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST

A Night In with Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates

In this livestream event presented in partnership with Fane Productions, expect the unexpected as two of the world’s greatest literary talents compare notes and share stories.

From Blonde, her reimagining of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe, to her latest novel Breathe, a haunting horror story exploring the raw madness of grief, Joyce Carol Oates’s work is unparalleled in American letters. Famed for her extraordinary productivity, penetrating psychological insight, and ability to bend the conventions of form and genre to a dazzling array of ends, she is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest living literary talents.

The author of more than fifty works of fiction, poetry and critical essays, Margaret Atwood’s luminous talents as a storyteller would be sufficient to ensure her place in the literary canon; but as a speculative novelist she has become something still more remarkable. No writer since Orwell has shaped the political imagination so vividly or given us a common language to describe the world we live in. Thirty years after the release of her bestselling classic The Handmaids Tale, her iconic characters have become a symbol of resistance against populism and the disempowerment of women.

From poetry to Twitter and what it is to be human, from Gothic romances and supernatural fantasy to the duty of a writer, the two friends will take you on a journey of unusual and memorable entertainment.

This is a unique opportunity to spend an evening with two of the most celebrated authors working today. Do not miss it.

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Margaret Atwood


Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat’s EyeThe Robber BrideAlias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. The Testaments, her long-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, won the 2019 Booker Prize. Dearly, Atwood’s first poetry collection in over a decade, published in November 2020.

Joyce Carol Oates


Joyce Carol Oates is the author of over 100 books and a five-time Pulitzer finalist. Best known for her fiction, Oates’ novels include them, which won the National Book Award; Blonde, a bold reimagining of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe; The Falls, which won the France’s Prix Femina; The Gravedigger’s Daughter and Little Bird of Heaven, each set in upstate New York; and We Were the Mulvaneys, which follows the disintegration of an American family and which became a bestseller after being selected by Oprah’s Book Club. Since 1963, forty of Oates’s books have been included on the New York Times list of notable books of the year.