Thursday, September 23, 2010

English PEN Events September 2010

English PEN Events September 2010


Dear All,

There are several exciting English PEN events coming up in the next few weeks. Tomorrow night, journalists and bloggers will gather at the Free Word Centre to discuss the place of the literary critic in the era of new media. Then, as October approaches, Writers in Translation will be bringing us International Translation Day, as well as events featuring PEN-sponsored authors Daniel Pennac and Ismail Kadere and writer and illustrator Quentin Blake. As always, our full events programme can be viewed on our website.

Everyone's a Critic?

Thursday 23 September, 6.30pm

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

Tickets £6/£3 concessions and PEN members

In association with FLOW - the Free Word Festival

The book pages of UK newspapers are under threat. Literary editors are facing huge changes in the way that they review books, yet at the same time our choice of reading matter is bigger than ever before. Whose recommendations can readers trust? Is the blogosphere a shot in the arm for reviewing culture or does democracy mean dumbing down? Join Sam Leith, former literary editor of The Daily Telegraph, Lynne Hatwell, aka top books blogger dovegreyreader and Erica Wagner, literary editor of The Times as they ask if there is there still a role for the professional literary critic. Chaired by Alex Clark.

How to Book: Call the Free Word Centre on 0207 3242 570 or visit
www.freewordonline.com.

Daniel Pennac at FLOW

Friday 24 September, 6.30pm

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

Tickets £6/£3 concessions and PEN members

Daniel Pennac has never forgotten what it was like to be a very unsatisfactory student, nor the day one of his teachers saved his life by assigning him the task of writing a novel. His latest book, School Blues, grapples with the challenges of education in a multicultural society. Aided by Sarah Ardizzone's fluid translation, Pennac and acclaimed writer and illustrator Quentin Blake will be exploring the many facets of schooling - how fear can prompt children to reject education, how consumerism has altered attitudes to learning and how inventive thinking can captivate children, equipping them with the reading and writing skills needed for life.

How to Book: Call the Free Word Centre on 0207 3242 570 or visit www.freewordonline.com.

If you cannot make it to Daniel’s event on Friday, he will also be appearing at the French Institute in Kensington this Wednesday 22nd September at 6.30pm, in conversation with Michael Rosen. Please visit their website for more details.

International Translation Day

Thursday 30 September, 9.30am – 5pm

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

Tickets: Full day entry £20/£10 concessions- includes light lunch and refreshments

How does a book make its way from an international author to an English-language reader? What are the joys of publishing literature in translation – and what are the obstacles? What can we do to increase the proportion of translated literature in the UK?

On 30th September, we will be celebrating International Translation Day with a full day of events focused on literary translation, in partnership with leading translation organisations from the London Book Fair’s Literary Translation Centre.

We’ll be hearing from some of the people who have done most to raise the profile of translation; discussing the future of funding for translation; and looking at the role of schools and universities in training the translators of the future. The symposium will provide a space for all those interested in the business of literary translation to network, share ideas and take these important debates forward.

How to Book: Call the Free Word Centre on 0207 3242 570 or visit www.freewordonline.com.

Ismail Kadare at FLOW

Tuesday 5 October, 6.30pm

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

Tickets £6/£3 concessions and PEN members

Born in 1936, Ismail Kadare is Albania's best-known poet and novelist. His international reputation was cemented when, in 2005, he was awarded the first Man Booker International Prize for 'a body of work written by an author who has had a truly global impact.' His latest novel, The Accident, intimately documents an affair between two people and their mutually destructive obsession that mirrors the conflicts of the region. In a rare UK appearance, Kadare discusses his work with the author and chair of English PEN's Writers in Translation committee, Julian Evans.

How to Book: Call the Free Word Centre on 0207 3242 570 or visit www.freewordonline.com.

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