Friday, October 15, 2010

English PEN events: October and beyond

English PEN events: October and beyond

Just a quick update on the English PEN events coming up in the next few weeks. Full details of our Writers in Public programme can also be found on the English PEN website.

Breaking the Language Barrier: Festivals in Translation

Tuesday 19 October, 1pm

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

FREE- booking recommended

In association with the DSC South Asian Literature Festival

Literature festivals are now an integral part of our cultural fabric and festival brands are becoming increasingly international, welcoming writers from around the world and providing a vital platform for new voices to be heard.

But do English-language authors still dominate the line-up? Can festivals help to break down the hegemony of English and enable literature in other languages to travel, or do they simply support the wider promotion of those writers who speak the world's lingua franca? How can foreign-language writers come to attention on the international circuit?

Join Namita Gokhale, Founder and Co-Director of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, Susanna Nicklin, Director of Literature at the British Council, Daniel Hahn, translator and author, Vivienne Wordley, Creative Director of the Emirates Literature Festival, and Surina Narula, who spearheads the philanthropic work of the DSC group, as they debate these questions and discuss the globalisation of world literature.

How to Book: Call the Free Word Centre on 0207 3242 570 to reserve your place.

Click here for more information about the DSC South Asian Literature Festival.

PEN Pinter Prize 2010

Wednesday 20 October, 6.30pm

The Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

£7.50/£5 concessions

In association with the British Library

The PEN/Pinter prize is awarded annually to a British writer of outstanding literary merit whose work encapsulates the principles of freedom and truth that Harold Pinter upheld throughout his writing career. Join the judges of this year's prize, Lisa Appignanesi, Antonia Fraser, Mariella Frostrup, Nicolas Kent, and Ronald Harwood, as this year's winner, Hanif Kureishi deliver his very special acceptance speech. For more information about the prize please visit our website.

How to Book: Call the British Library on 01937 546546 or visit

Telling Tales: An Evening with Alberto Manguel

Tuesday 9 November, 6.30pm

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

£8/£5 members

Our new patron of the English PEN Readers & Writers programme, Alberto Manguel will read from his new book - All Men Are Liars - and discuss the contradictory and the unreliable with Miranda France. Where can you find truth in a world ruled by lies? In his new fictional tribute to falsehood, Manguel pays homage to literature and its shape-shifting inventions. A rare treat to see this international star writer, this is a perfect night out for readers and writers and liars everywhere.

How to Book: Call English PEN on 0207 324 2535 or book online.

No comments: