Maggie O'Farrell: Loves, Labours, Loss
- Sat 21 Aug 19:00 - 20:00
- The New York Times Theatre (in Sculpture Court)
Pay what you can to watch online. Available to watch any time.
Attend in person
Edinburgh-based Maggie O’Farrell hit a spectacular new career high last year with the publication of Hamnet – winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, a huge bestseller across the world and unquestionably a standout book of 2020. Why did O’Farrell’s novel about the death of Shakespeare’s only son strike such a chord with readers? It certainly didn’t do any harm that the story was set in a time of pandemic. But more fundamentally, Hamnet was striking for its compelling and deeply insightful depiction of a mother’s love for her children. Fierce maternal devotion – and the aching sense of loss – will form the heart of today’s event about the experiences that have shaped her writing and ideas. O’Farrell discusses the influence of a mild neurological condition on her work. A childhood bout of encephalitis resulted in a number of small but important changes in her mental and bodily performance, including balance issues, inhibited proprioception and stammering. How have these influenced O’Farrell’s writing? Join her today for a fascinating discussion with fellow author Nicola Morgan.
This is a live event, with an author Q&A. If buying a ticket to watch the event in-person, the participants will be on stage, in the venue. After the event, Maggie O'Farrell will be doing an in-person book signing on the Festival site.