Actor and writer Susan Coyne sits down with literary powerhouse Margaret Atwood to discuss her newest novel Hag-Seed, a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest for the Hogarth Shakespeare Project. This event is hosted by Linda Barnard.
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Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize, and Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator's Award, and lives in Toronto. Atwood presents Hag-Seed, her novel take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Linda Barnard is a National Newspaper Award-winning entertainment journalist and freelance movie writer and critic. She is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association and The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and can't resist the pull of a great story, whether on the page or screen.
Susan Coyne is well known as both an actor and a writer. As a writer, she is the co-creator and co-writer of the internationally acclaimed TV series Slings and Arrows. She has adapted plays by Chekhov (Three Sisters and Platonov) and Turgenev (A Month in the Country, as well as her own bestselling childhood memoir, Kingfisher. She has also adapted the Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables for TV, in a version starring Martin Sheen. Susan is also an award-winning actor, and a founding member of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company. She is a graduate of Queen’s University and the National Theatre School of Canada.