Maggie O’Farrell in Conversation

  • DATE

    24 November 2022

  • TIME

    7:30 pm to 8:45 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome


    £16 (or £34 ticket and book bundle)


    2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN

In her stunning new novel ‘The Marriage Portrait’, Maggie O’Farrell breathes life into Lucrezia de’ Medici, Duchess of Ferrara, immortalised in Robert Browning’s celebrated poem ‘My Last Duchess’. Taking the painting in Browning’s poem as her focal point, Maggie conjures a spirited, intelligent, creative young woman, provides her with a voice previously stolen by men, and imagines how she might have met her fate.

Maggie is the much-loved author of nine-novels, including ‘Hamnet’, which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020, Waterstones Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and ‘The Hand That First Held Mine’, winner of the 2010 Costa Novel Award. She is also the author of the best-selling memoir ‘I Am, I Am, I Am’. Hosted by Kamila Shamsie, MLF Patron and author of ‘Home Fire’. Sponsored by Weightmans.

Copies of ‘The Marriage Portrait’ will be available to collect before the event.