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June 15

Joseph O’Connor’s Shadowplay

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King William Court, Old Royal Naval College
Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS United Kingdom
June 15, 2019
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
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Shadowplay: Joseph O’Connor’s atmospheric reimagination of Bram Stoker’s London and Dracula’s creation


“There are few living writers who can take us back in time so assuredly…Joseph O’Connor is a wonder, and Shadowplay is a triumph.” (Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker Prize)


“Joseph O’Connor is a very great artist and storyteller. The quotient of enjoyment in his extraordinary new novel is stupendous” Sebastian Barry


1878: The Lyceum theatre, London. Three extraordinary people begin their life together, one that will be full of drama, transformation, passionate and painful devotion to art and to one another. Henry Irving, the Chief, is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation; and, in their shadows, is their unremarkable theatre manager, Bram Stoker.

But Stoker, fresh from Dublin, is wrestling with demons of his own, in a new city and marriage. As he walks the London streets at night, streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip which swirls around his friend Oscar Wilde, he finds inspiration. O’Connor’s new novel explores the complexities of love that stands dangerously outside social convention, the restlessness of creativity, and the experiences that led to Dracula, the most iconic supernatural tale of all time.


Come to be introduced to a dazzling new novel and to hear Joseph O’Connor discuss Dracula, Stoker, the Victorian gothic, the cultural interplay between 19th century London and Dublin and why the London of Jack the Ripper, Wilde and Stoker still fascinates.


Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. He is an award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter, whose fiction has been translated into 40 languages. His eight previous novels include Star of the Sea, Ghost Light, The Thrill of it All, Redemption Falls and Cowboys and Indians. He is Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick


Age: 16+


This event will be held in QA080, Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College. All attendees must have valid tickets. The session will be followed by a book signing.


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