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Novellist Naomi Miller on how she approached writing her new novel, "Imperfect Alchemist", based on the Elizabethan poet Lady Mary Sidney

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The Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) at Imperial College London presents Naomi Miller, talking about her biographical novel, Imperfect Alchemist, looking at the Elizabethan woman poet, Lady Mary Sidney – the Countess of Pembroke.

England 1575

In the novel a remarkable life lost to history is brought back into sharp focus. Young Mary Sidney is bearing a devastating loss while her father plans her alliance to Henry Herbert, Earl of Pembroke. But Mary is determined to make her mark on the world as a writer and scientist.

As Mary Sidney Herbert steps into her new life with the earl at his home, Wilton House, an unusual friendship is forged between her and servant Rose Commin, a country girl with a surprising artistic gift, that will change their lives for ever. Defying the conventions of their time, mistress and maid will face the triumphs, revelations and dangers that lie ahead together.

In her book Naomi Miller imagines a collaboration with Shakespeare, a spurious charge of witchcraft, and a plucky maidservant, Rose – a country girl with a surprising talent. The two women’s stories unfold in alternating chapters as their very different worlds connect and collide.

In the talk discover how Naomi Miller approached researching and writing fiction based on a real life person.

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