J.R. Thorp: Learwife

In-person at Dublin Book Festival and live stream

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Saturday 13 November 2021

7:30 pm


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Join us for this special WCLF as part of Dublin Book Festival. J.R. Thorp will discuss her novel Learwife with Nadine O'Regan in front of a live audience in Smock Alley and the event will also be available to live stream.

Admission: €6 in person; €4 live stream

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‘I am the queen of two crowns, banished fifteen years, the famed and gilded woman, bad-luck baleful girl, mother of three small animals, now gone. I am fifty-five years old. I am Lear’s wife. I am here.’

Word has come. Care-bent King Lear is dead, driven mad and betrayed. His three daughters too, broken in battle. But someone has survived: Lear’s queen. Exiled to a nunnery years ago, written out of history, her name forgotten. Now she can tell her story. Though her grief and rage may threaten to crack the earth open, she knows she must seek answers. Why was she sent away in shame and disgrace? What has happened to Kent, her oldest friend and ally? And what will become of her now, in this place of women? To find peace she must reckon with her past and make a terrible choice – one upon which her destiny, and that of the entire abbey, rests. Giving unforgettable voice to a woman whose absence has been a tantalising mystery, Learwife is a breathtaking novel of loss, renewal and how history bleeds into the present.


J.R. Thorp

J.R. Thorp is a writer, lyricist and librettist. She won the London Short Story Award in 2011, was shortlisted for the BBC Opening Lines Prize and has had work published...

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Nadine O'Regan

Nadine O'Regan is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and podcaster. Editor of the Business Post Magazine, the culture magazine which is published weekly with the Business Post, she is also a columnist,...

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