I have recently finished a novel that retells Shakespeare's Othello. This is for the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, in which various writers take a Shakespeare play and write what Jeanette Winterson described as a "cover version."
The novel is set on a 1970s elementary school playground; all the characters are 11 years old, and the action takes place over one day. A Ghanaian boy walks onto an all-white school playground one morning, and his presence rocks the school's world.
Here are some short interview clips about the project:
1. How the novel came about
2. On re-working Othello for the 21st century
3. On translating the racial themes to
today, writing about 11-year-olds, and more