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HSBC Closing Festival Dinner: Margaret Atwood

Saturday 29 March 2014

Half Day


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Ticket price

7:30pm Reception, 8:30pm dinner in Christ Church Hall. £120 (includes reception, dinner, wines and a signed copy of Margaret Atwood’s latest novel, MaddAddam). Dress Code – Black Tie.

Join our guest speaker, multi-award-winning Canadian novelist, poet and critic Margaret Atwood at this year’s prestigious closing dinner in the historic surroundings of Christ Church.

Dinner will be in the Great Hall of Christ Church, a college that has inspired many writers including Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, or Charles Dodgson as he was known in college. The college continues to inspire today, the Great Hall being the model for Hogwart’s Hall in the Harry Potter movies. The evening’s food will be prepared by Christ Church executive chef Chris Simms and his team.

Following dinner, Atwood, a winner of the Booker award, will talk about her novels. MaddAddam is the thrilling conclusion to the internationally celebrated trilogy that started with Oryx and Crake and Year of the Flood. A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives alongside the green-eyed Crakers, a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans.

Atwood has written more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, including the classic novel, The Handmaid’s TaleThe Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker prize, and four other novels have made the shortlist. Her last two novels sold more than a million copies in the English language.