Atwood’s Visual Retelling of Shakespeare

At 76, Margaret Atwood does not seem to be showing any sign of slowing down. This year alone Atwood has raked in multiple awards, and published her debut comic book Angel Catbird.




A tireless activist and humanitarian, Atwood is as prolific as ever. This month, she will be publishing Hag-Seed, her contribution to the Hogarth Shakespeare Series, where contemporary artists are tasked with revamping Shakespeare’s classics for modern times. On October 6th, Atwood, in collaboration with US artist Zach Lieberman, will bring the book to the screen via cutting edge animation and artwork. The show will debut at the London Southbank Centre, with the sponsorship of Penguin Random House. 

Atwood is no Luddite, and she has made this clear throughout her epic career. She’s always been interested in the intersection of art and technology, and is constantly looking for ways to ensure that they work in harmony. On the show’s presentation, Atwood says: “I can’t wait to see this gorgeous, inventive art installation about The Tempest and Hag-Seed in all its glory at the Southbank Centre! If Shakespeare – one of the world’s greatest innovators – were alive today, I’ve no doubt he’d be using these technologies in his plays!

The festival will feature other works as well, all based on the theme of ‘living in the future times’. You can read about Atwood’s new book here.