Hart, Josephine

Josephine Hart
Josephine Hart. Image source mediabistro.com

Josephine Hart was born in Mullingar, Co Westmeath in 1942.

She moved to London in 1964, where she became the only woman director of Haymarket Publishing, and later founded Gallery Poets and West End Poetry Hour, which presents the works of major poets like Eliiot, Larken, Auden, Yeats, Plath, and read by actors such as Judy Dench, Eileen Atkens, Edward Fox, Simon Callow, Joe Fiennes and many others. This series was published as a triple CD, Catching Life by the Throat (London, Hachette Audio, 2007/New York, W.W. Norton, 2008), and as a book (London, Virago, 2006). This was followed by Words that Burn (Hachette Audio, 2008).

She also presented Thames TVs Books series By My Bedside.

Her novels are Damage (London, Chatto & Windus,1991/New York, Knopf, 1991) which was translated into 27 languages and was filmed by Louis Malle, starring Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche; Sin (Chatto & Windus/Knopf, 1992); Oblivion (London, The Viking Press/New York, Viking, 1995); The Stillest Day (Chatto & Windus/Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 1998); The Reconstructionist (Chatto & Windus/ Overlook Press, 2001); and The Truth About Love (Virago/Alfred A. Knopf, 2009).

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

She died in London in 2011.

Sound, sense and sensibility, by Josephine Hart in The Guardian

Josephine Hart Obituary in The Daily Telegraph

Interview with Josephine Hart in the London Independent

Josephine Hart at The National Library of Ireland