2020 Shortlist Readings: Maggie O’Farrell and Natalie Haynes

The Women’s Prize Trust is delighted to present the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction and our first ever fully digital winner events programme.

Join us over a series of four evenings to celebrate the six authors shortlisted for this year’s Prize and be the first to see the 25th winner of the Women’s Prize crowned. Your £10 pass will buy you access to all four events series, and the chance to ask questions live to the authors.

The second night on Monday September 7th will feature Maggie O’ Farrell, author of Hamnet, and Natalie Haynes, author of A Thousand Ships, chaired by Women’s Prize Founder Director and bestselling author Kate Mosse plus two internationally acclaimed actors, who will be revealed shortly.

We’ll be showcasing two authors per night on Sunday 6th, Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September. Each event will feature well-known actors reading extracts from the shortlisted books, as well as exclusive interviews with the authors themselves, giving us a tour of their homes or most inspiring places, and talking about their writing processes. You will also have the opportunity for you to ask questions to the authors in live Q&A sessions each night.

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The 2020 shortlist is:

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell

Weather by Jenny Offill

Winner announcement

On Wednesday 9th September, the announcement of the winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction will be unveiled live by Chair of Judges Martha Lane Fox. Your £10 pass gives you access to the moment of the 25th winner is revealed, followed by a live Q&A, where you can be amongst the first to ask questions of the winning author immediately after the announcement.

Your ticket will admit you to the following four digital events:

6th September 2020: Hilary Mantel, the author of The Mirror and the Light, and Angie Cruz, author of Dominicana, chaired by Kate Mosse + actors TBA

7th September 2020: Maggie O’ Farrell, author of Hamnet, and Natalie Haynes, author of A Thousand Ships, chaired by Kate Mosse + actors TBA

8th September 2020: Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other, and Jenny Offill, author of Weather, chaired by Kate Mosse + actors TBA

9th September 2020: Chair of judges Martha Lane Fox announces live the 25th winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, followed by a live Q&A with the winner

You can either buy a £10 ticket pass for all four events, or a £10 ticket plus a discounted copy of one 2020 shortlisted book with free postage, courtesy of our partners Waterstones. You also have the option to gift a donation to the Women’s Prize Trust, to support our work championing the very best writing by women for everyone.

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