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.
Wednesday 18th October 7.00pm
The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road
Going from strength to strength, well done!
I was particularly delighted by how many of the audience seemed to know and appreciate my work. As you know, authors are solitary creatures - mostly - and for me at least it's a real pleasure to have good reason to leave my work-room (a shed in the garden with a too-seductive view of the Cambrians) and meet and talk with readers and fellow writers (not forgetting that many of us are both).
Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).
I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.
I very much enjoyed giving my talk and meeting you and all your colleagues. I can think of no way you could have been more accommodating.