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Orphans of the Storm

Celia Imrie and Fidelis Morgan Chaired by Triona Adams

Friday, 16 September 2022

2:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Olivier award-winning actress and bestselling novelist Celia Imrie talks about her latest work, Orphans of the Storm, and about her life on stage and screen. She will be joined by friend and fellow actress and writer Fidelis Morgan, who did the research for the novel.

Imrie’s fifth novel is an epic tale based on the sinking of the Titanic. Seamstress Marcella Caretto is resolved to divorce her cruel and controlling husband Michael and win custody of their two boys. Meanwhile, New York socialite Margaret Hays is heading home on the Titanic, which is also carrying two infants with false names. The paths of Marcella, Michael and Margaret are about to cross, and nothing will be the same again.

Imrie is best known for her roles in the films The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls, Nanny McPhee, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Year by the Sea, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and A Cure for Wellness. She is also known for television roles in After You’ve Gone, A Dark Adapted Eye and Acorn Antiques. Imrie has also performed on many of London’s top stages including winning the Olivier Award for best actress in a musical for Acorn Antiques: The Musical! She is also writer of the bestselling novels Not Quite Nice and Nice Work (If You Can Get It) and of an autobiography, The Happy Hoofer.

Morgan is a theatre historian and actor. Her non-fiction books include The Female Wits, the first study of women playwrights of the Restoration and the biographies, A Woman Of No Character, and The Well-Known Troublemaker. Her four historical murder mysteries featuring the Countess Ashby dela Zouche have been translated into several languages. Morgan’s theatrical adaptation of Samuel Richardson’s Pamela won her a nomination as most promising playwright, while her adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square played for an extended run at the Lyric Hammersmith. Screen appearances include Jeeves and Wooster, As Time Goes By, and Mr Majeika. She has played in theatre and directed Drama At Inish, with Paul O’Grady and Celia Imrie, But It Still Goes On (lost play by Robert Graves) with Alan Cox and Sophie Ward, and Imrie’s revue/cabaret Laughing Matters.

They will be introduced by Triona Adams, director of the festival’s crime fiction programme.

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The Telegraph Festival media partner University of Oxford Netflix European Union Supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the UK Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Oxford Mathematics Spanish Embassy The Spanish Embassy: supporters of the programme of Spanish literature and culture Cervantes Institute, London The Cervantes Institute, London Italian Embassy The Italian Embassy: supporter of the programme of Italian literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner International Literary Properties Festival literary heritage partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Festival hotel Old Bank Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Old Parsonage Hotel Five-star hotel partners of The Oxford Collection Jim Mellon John Roberts Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture Tim and Marion Stevenson Martin and Elise Becket Smith Miles Young Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Carole and John Allen David Isaac Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Anna Hunter Rhys and Kerry Phillip Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival. Founded 1314 New College New College founded 1379 Worcester College Worcester College founded 1714 Lincoln College Lincoln College founded 1427 St Cross College St Cross College founded 1965 Trinity College Trinity College founded 1555 Magdalen College Magdalen College founded 1458 Critchleys Accountants to the festival Pasture to Plate Compassion in World Farming Human Ecology Project MACROVegan Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Sponsor of the EBRD Literature Prize since 2018 ROOMS Georgia's leading lifestyle hotel brand since 2012. Supporters of the programme of Georgian literature and culture Jewish Book Week Partner of Oxford Literary Festival Foodbuy Thje Menu Partners Institute of Hospitality Goldmoney Properties Project People Oxford Brookes University Oxford International Centre for Publishing Confucius Institute Pusey House British Academy Festival academic partner Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford United Football Club Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Paul Bloomfield Ltd University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Conference Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates CAV Oxford The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Images Oxford University Images Oxford University Department for Continuing Education Force4Good Consultancy Corporate communications OX magazine Ox in a Box K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography The Litmus Partnership Schoolreaders Windrush Group James Currey Society