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Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer who will be discussing her latest book 'In Search of Mary Shelley', published for the 200th anniversary of the publication of 'Frankenstein'. Fiona has been published in more than thirty languages and received an MBE for services to literature. 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.
Mary Shelley is known for her Gothic novel 'Frankenstein.' But her life and work are often eclipsed by the reputation of her parents - philosopher William Godwin and feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft - and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley. Fiona Sampson uncovers Shelley's complex and generous character.
From the The Handmaid's Tale to The Power and The Hunger Games to Noughts & Crosses, women's writing has drawn on history to imagine different futures in sci-fi and fantasy writing. With grim comparisons being drawn with dystopian fiction and our current political climate, and as technology and science begin to make what seemed impossible a reality, what can speculative fiction tell us about our world today? On the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein - written by a 19 year old Mary Shelley in 1818 and often called the first true work of science fiction - we talk to the women who rule sci-fi and fantasy right now to help us imagine a gender equal world.

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