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Margaret Atwood Reveals New Zealand Dates for 2020

Monday 18 November 2019

Margaret Atwood Reveals New Zealand Dates for 2020

FANE presents 'In Conversation with Margaret Atwood' live on stage across New Zealand, in collaboration with Andrew Kay, Phil Bathols and BBC Studios Australia. The dates are a celebration of the global publication of 'The Testaments', Margaret Atwood's highly-anticipated sequel to her seminal work 'The Handmaid's Tale'. The tour will also feature her remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to the fictional world of Gilead 34 years later. This momentous event kicks off at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre before travelling through to Auckland's The Civic and Christchurch Town Hall this February 2020.

"I am so happy to be returning to New Zealand, where I have spent much time in the past, and where readers have always been so warm and welcoming." - Margaret Atwood

"We are thrilled to announce the continuation of our relationship with Margaret. After a sell-out run of dates across Europe, the US and Canada, this is the perfect opportunity for fans in New Zealand to spend an evening with the Booker Prize Winner." - Alex Fane, Managing Director of Fane Productions

The publication of Margaret's 'The Handmaid's Tale' in 1985, and the current Emmy Award-winning television series, have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women's rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression. In this brilliant sequel, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of 'The Handmaid's Tale', readers had no way of telling what lay ahead. Her sequel 'The Testaments' picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. 'The Testaments' was published earlier this year as one of the biggest book launches of this century—topping the charts in all English-language territories, and won this year's the Booker Prize for Fiction.

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include 'Cat's Eye', 'The Robber Bride', 'Alias Grace', 'The Blind Assassin' and the 'MaddAddam Trilogy'. Her 1985 classic 'The Handmaid's Tale' went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against him, and with the 2017 release of the eponymous award-winning TV series. Sales of the English language edition have now topped eight million copies worldwide. Margaret has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer.

Join Margaret Atwood on her New Zealand tour for three extraordinary evenings not to be missed.