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Frankenstein: The Reincarnations
April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join the crew at London Book and Screen Week for a themed evening to celebrate 200 years of Frankenstein in popular culture. Written by Mary Shelley, the novel first published in 1818 when the author was just 20 years old and has since become a cult classic, inspiring countless adaptations for both stage and screen.
Biographer Fiona Sampson will be in conversation with novelist Nick Harkaway, chaired by Kim Newman, to discuss Mary Shelley and her ground-breaking book, regarded by many as the first work of science fiction. This will be followed by a film screening of Kenneth Branagh’s 1994 film featuring Robert De Niro, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter and John Cleese.
Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet, and author of In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein (Profile, February 2018). She has been published in more than thirty languages and received an MBE for services to literature. Sampson is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature, and the recipient of a number of national and international honours for her poetry, she has worked as an editor, translator, and university professor as well as a violinist.
Nick Harkaway was born in Cornwall in 1972. Author of the novels The Gone-Away World, Angelmaker and Tigerman, he lives in London with his wife and two children.
Kim Newman is a novelist, critic and broadcaster. His fiction includes the Anno Dracula series, Life’s Lottery, Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles, An English Ghost Story, The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School and Angels of Music; his non-fiction includes Nightmare Movies, Kim Newman’s Video Dungeon and BFI Classics studies of Cat People and Quatermass and the Pit. He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire magazines. He has also written comics and plays for the radio and the stage.
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