Margaret Atwood in York! New book Hagseed! One of the world’s greatest writers!

Well I had quite a literary day yesterday and this morning. I went to see Margaret Atwood talk about her new book Hagseed (a reworking of the Tempest – she calls it a reimagining.).

I don’t write this as a review so much as an homage.

I rate Margaret as one of the greatest living writers (along with the likes of Iain McEwan, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie and Kasuo Ishiguro) so it was a rare opportunity to see and hear a living legend.

She talked about the new book and the themes that were in it and urged us to watch the Helen Mirren film of the Tempest before reading the book – which I shall do.

She talked briefly about The Handmaid’s Tale and the way fundamentalists only want to ban the things people want to do. In this age of religious madness (hopefully its death-throes) I think it should be compulsory reading – if only to see the misogyny in religion.

She also talked about the death of the oceans, from which between 60% and 80% of all the world’s oxygen is made, and that the rich were probably at this minute constructing their underground homes with oxygen making facilities and looking forward to being rid of us all. (There’s a book in that!).

I shall watch the film and then read the book. It was a pleasure seeing a living legend.

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The graphics before the show were great. The words from Hagseed were used as figures walked through them or they squiggled about. p1140538 p1140540 p1140541 p1140542

Margaret was lucid and delightful.

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6 thoughts on “Margaret Atwood in York! New book Hagseed! One of the world’s greatest writers!

  1. Funny how people react differently to information received regards the “new world order”, given that when the likes of David Icke offers great incisive detail about it, he’s met with derision and cries of “loony”.

  2. I’m happy for you! Seeing one’s favorite author(s) is such a trip. The only thing I’ve ever read by her was The Handmaid’s Tale. Enjoyed it tremendously. Bit scary. I think I would have liked to meet Ayn Rand. I LOVE her book Anthem. I sometimes wonder when we’ll go through a dark age like that.

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