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Josephine Hart

Josephine Hart

Born and educated in Ireland, Josephine Hart is the acclaimed author of five novels.

These include the bestselling Damage, which sold over one million copies worldwide and was made into a major film directed by Louis Malle starring Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche.

Sin, which is in development by Copos Films in Los Angeles, Oblivion, The Stillest Day and The Reconstructionist, a film of which is planned by Robert Ando. Her work has been translated into 28 languages.

Before becoming a writer, she was director of Haymarket Publishing. She also founded Gallery Poets and West End Poetry Hour, which presents the works of major poets, Eliiot, Larken, Auden, Yeats, Plath, read by some of our finest actors such as Judy Dench, Eileen Atkens, Edward Fox, Simon Callow, Joe Fiennes and many others. She also presented Thames TVs Books By My Bedside.

She has produced several successful West End plays, including Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba which won the Evening Standard Award, Noel Coward's The Vortex and Iris Murdoch's The Black Prince.

She is married, has two sons, and lives in London.

She is the author of Catching Life by the Throat, How to Read Poetry and Why, published by Virago. She is the chair of judges for the 2009 Forward Poetry Prize.

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