The Handmaid’s Tale Author Margaret Atwood Will Give A Talk At The Lowry

Atwood will be discussing new novel The Testaments at the event.

Margaret Atwood, the author of the iconic dystopian book The Handmaid’s Tale which was turned into a multi-award-winning TV series, will appear at The Lowry theatre in Salford on October 27 to discuss her career so far and her new novel The Testaments.

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In this intimate evening will take place at Lyric Theatre at The Lowry, Ms Atwood will be interviewed live on stage where she will discuss her work and why she has returned to the story more than 30 years later.

The Testaments is set in the fictitious Republic of Gilead, where reproduction levels are dangerously low and fertile women – ‘handmaids’ – are assigned to elite couples to carry their children. The sequel takes place 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale and is unconnected to the second series of the television series.

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Ms Atwood says:

“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”

Since The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985, Ms Atwood’s vision has only grown in significance, becoming a rallying call at women’s marches around the world following the election of Donald Trump. So it’s only right that tickets went on sale on March 8, International Women’s Day.

Tickets are priced from £21 and are available from The Lowry website.


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