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