Monday, July 12, 2010

Sequels, Prequels & Zombies

Sequels, Prequels & Zombies

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road , London EC1R 3GA

Tuesday 6 July, 6.30pm

£8/£5 members

A new beginning, an alternative ending, a subversive twist or a questioning narrative eye - there are any number of ways to give new life to a classic and send characters spinning into a future undreamed-of in the original. Join authors Philip Hensher, Lee Langley and Ali Smith as they discuss the dangers and pleasures in transforming the life of an existing work of art. Chaired by Jonathan Heawood . Philip Hensher is the author of several novels and a collection of short stories including Other Lulus, Kitchen Venom and Pleasured. He is a regular broadcaster and contributes reviews and articles to various newspapers and journals including The Spectator, the Mail on Sunday and The Independent. In 2003, he was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'. His latest novel is The Northern Clemency (2008), shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best Book). Langley is the author of nine highly praised novels including Changes of Address (shortlisted for the Hawthornden Prize) and Persistent Rumours (winner of a Commonwealth Writers' prize), a volume of short stories, poetry and journalism. Her adaptation of The Tenth Man, based on a Graham Greene story, was made into an award-winning movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Derek Jacobi. Her most recent book was A Conversation on the Quai Voltaire. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London . Her new novel, Butterfly's Shadow, is a sweeping and affecting novel that takes Puccini's much loved Madame Butterfly as its dramatic starting point. Smith is the author of several novels and short story collections including Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Hotel World which was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Booker Prize for Fiction. The Accidental published in 2004, won the 2005 Whitbread Novel Award, and Girl Meets Boy, a re-working of Ovid's metamorphosis was published in 2007. Her most recent book, The Book Lover is a personal anthology of favourite pieces of writing gathered over the course of her life.

Book online or call the English PEN office on 020 7324 2535.

Bi Feiyu in the UK

We are pleased to announce that Bi Feiyu, author of Three Sisters and one of China ’s most respected authors and playwrights, will be coming to the UK in July. Three Sisters presents a vivid picture of life in rural and urban Communist China in the 1970s and 1980s under Mao Zedong. It is also a deeply humanist portrayal of three sisters as they fight to take control of their lives and a timely exploration of the themes of human rights and the place of women in a deeply patriarchal culture.

Bi will be taking part in two events, which we hope you will be able to attend:

Bi Feiyu in conversation with Richard Lea

Tuesday 20 July, 6.30pm

The Gallery at Foyles, Charing Cross Road , London WC2H 0EB


In a rare UK appearance, Bi Feiyu joins us in the Gallery to discuss his new novel Three Sisters, an epic portrayal of life in modern China . This event is free- email to reserve a place.

Film Night with Bi Feiyu

Wednesday 21 July, 6.30pm

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road , London EC1R 3GA


On Wednesday, Bi Feiyu joins Arifa Akbar of the Independent and Isabel Hilton, renowned journalist, broadcaster and expert in Chinese affairs, to discuss his work and his experience of adapting fiction for the screen. The discussion will be followed by a screening of the Golden Globe nominated Shanghai Triad, a tale of excess and corruption set in the criminal underworld of 1930s Shanghai .

This event is free – please email to reserve a place.