Prosopopoeia: To Speak with the Tongues of the Eminent Dead
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30-9 p.m.
Suncor Energy Hall, School of Music
The Department of English at Memorial University invites you to a reading with Chad Norman, Michelle Butler Hallett, and Bernardine Ann Teráz Stapleton. The event will start at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 19, in the Suncor Energy Hall. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we’ll be discussing the dark art of writing in the voices of the dead. Chad Norman will read from Squall, his poems that conjure Frankenstein author Mary Shelley; Bernardine Stapleton will read from The Haunting of Margaret Duley, her play exhuming Newfoundland novelist Margaret Duley; and Michelle Butler Hallett will read from This Marlowe, her novel revivifying the early-modern author of Doctor Faustus, Edward II, and Tamburlaine. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. Parking is available in Lot 15B.
Chad Norman is a Nova Scotia-based poet, author most recently of Simona: A Celebration of the SPCA, A Matter of Inclusion, and Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley. He organizes the RiverWords poetry and music festival every year in Truro.
Michelle Butler Hallett has written the novels Deluded Your Sailors, This Marlowe, and Constant Nobody, which won the Thomas Head Raddall Award at the Atlantic Book Awards in 2022. She embodied Herman Melville’s Captain Ahab at the St. John’s Moby-Dick Marathon in 2019.
Bernardine Ann Teráz Stapleton is the celebrated author of Offensive to Some, Woman in a Monkey Cage, The Haunting of Margaret Duley, and most recently The Antidote for Life. She is one of four Canadian playwrights on the shortlist for the 2023 Siminovitch Prize, the most prestigious theatre award in Canada.
Presented by Department of English