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Jeanette Winterson: Frankissstein

Hear from the tirelessly inventive writer on her latest novel, an audacious exploration of identity, technology and sexuality.

Jeanette Winterson’s Frankissstein spans three centuries and multiple narratives, launching us into a modern-day nightmare.

In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love – against their better judgement – with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with Mum again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead… but waiting to return to life.

But the scene is set in 1816, when nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating a non-biological life-form. ‘Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.'

What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.

Jeanette Winterson OBE was born in Manchester. Adopted by Pentecostal parents she was raised to be a missionary. This did and didn’t work out.

Discovering early the power of books she left home at 16, and published her first novel at 25. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is based on her own upbringing but using herself as a fictional character. She scripted the novel into a BAFTA-winning BBC drama, then revisited that material 27 years later in the bestselling memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Winterson has written 10 novels for adults, as well as children’s books, non-fiction and screenplays. She writes regularly for The Guardian. She believes that art is for everyone, and it is her mission to prove it.

Dates & times

30 May 2019
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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Purcell Room


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

Copies of Jeanette Winterson’s new book Frankissstein (RRP £16.99) are available for £13.99 when you buy a ticket to the event. These may be collected at the event.

Event information
The author is signing copies of her book in Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer after the event.