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Dec

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas

Here is a second chance to see In Conversation with Margaret Atwood, filmed from the stage of the National Theatre, London.

Barbour Room, Gateshead

Friday 6th December, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Screening/Exhibition

13.60

About the Event

The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression.

Atwood was interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works including her latest novel The Testaments, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later. 

Venue Information

Barbour Room
St Mary's Square
Gateshead
NE8 2JR
United Kingdom

About the Book

The Testaments
The Testaments

Margaret Atwood

Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Publication date:10 Sep 2019

ISBN:9781784742324

3.93 out of 5
24 reviews
"The Handmaid’s Tale sequel has many surprises"
The Sunday Times
"The Handmaid’s Tale sequel answers many questions about Gilead — but it falls short of Atwood’s best work"
Financial Times
"for my money, the single most exciting publishing event of the year"
The Bookseller
"Where the first book traded so pithily and memorably in obfuscation, despair and darkness, the sequel sees the lamps slowly lit... There is no doubt that Atwood is on top form here. But still it feels as if something crucial is missing"
The Observer
"Atwood’s sheer assurance as a storyteller makes for a fast, immersive narrative that’s as propulsive as it is melodramatic"
The New York Times
"Aunt Lydia’s story is a highlight of the long-awaited Handmaid’s Tale sequel"
Irish Times
"Atwood’s task in returning to the world of her best-known work was a big one, but the result is a success that more than justifies her Booker prize shortlisting"
The Guardian
"The long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale is more gruesome yet strangely less scary"
Evening Standard
"It’s fun to read. It’s beautifully written. But it feels less honest than The Handmaid’s Tale did"
Vox
"The Testaments contains much wit and brilliance, but its final shaping reduces it to something restorative but strangely bland"
The Daily Telegraph

PREORDER THE SEQUEL TO THE HANDMAID'S TALEThe third season of the AWARD-WINNING TV SERIES is now airing on Channel 4 starring Elisabeth Moss And so I step up, into the darkness within; The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.' Margaret Atwood'THE LITERARY EVENT OF THE YEAR' Guardian