Tracy Chevalier New Boy

Best selling author Tracy Chevalier will discuss her latest novel: a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Othello.

Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in the school. But one student can't stand witnessing this budding relationship: Ian decided to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again.

The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practise a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.

Tracy Chevalier was born in Washington DC, where she grew up in an integrated neighbourhood and went to an elementary school with a majority of black students. The experience of being in a minority is what made her choose to rewrite Othello. She is best known for her best-selling historical novels, including The Girl With the Pearl Earring and most recently At the Edge of the Orchard. She is the editor of Reader I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre. Tracy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Literature and has honorary doctorates from Oberlin College and the University of East Anglia.

Listing Details

Wednesday 18th October 7.00pm

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The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road

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Adults: £10.00

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