Sunday, 2 October 2016

Margaret Atwood - 5 Pieces of Information

Future Library Project
Atwood was the first contributor to the Future Library Project with he novel 'Scribbler Moon'. The project aims to collect one original story by a popular writer every year until 2114. All the books will then be published in 2114 and will not be available to read until then. 

Honorary President of Birdlife Internationals Rare Bird Club
Atwood and her partner, Graeme Gibson, are joint honorary presidents of Birdlife International's Rare Bird Club. Birdlife International is one of the worlds largest nature conservation partnerships with over 10 million members and supporters and is largely considered the world leader in bird conservation. 

In our six intriguing years with BirdLife, we have been both astonished and inspired by what can be accomplished by a dedicated group with the passion, outreach, and professionalism of the BirdLife Partnerships. It is an amazing organisation.”
Margaret Atwood & Graeme Gibson, Joint Honorary Presidents of the BirdLife Rare Bird Club

Growing Up In The Wilderness
Atwood spent her childhood backpacking through the North Quebec Cutback due to her fathers forest entomology research. Her parents were very environmentally conscious and were early members of the Sierra Club (environmental organisation). She did not attend full time education until she was eight years old. 

Inventor of the Longpen
In 2004 Atwood conceived the concept of a remote robotic writing technology, the LongPen, that would allow a person to remotely write in ink anywhere in the world via tablet PC and the Internet, allowing her to conduct book tours without being physically present. She founded the company Unotchit Inc., to develop, produce and distribute her product. 

Book Covers
On occasion Atwood has designed and created the covers for some of her books including, Murder in the Dark, which was made out of a sunbathing ad in Vogue, The Circle Game, which was made out of sticker dots and Interlunar, a watercolour painting.

"Poets and artists shouldn't think too much about processes... it interrupts the work" - Margaret Atwood

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