English PEN will host workshops at the Around the World in 80 Books Readers’ Days across the UK, why not join us at the next readers’ day in Essex? Featuring authors Kate Mosse and Michelle Lovric, writing workshops, competitions, goody bag and so much more. Come along and enjoy a feast of exciting reading from across the globe!
9.30am – 10am Registration and goody bags.
10 – 10.30am Oxygen Books’ city-pick team introduce some of their favourite books set in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Venice and Istanbul.
10.30 – 11.15am Bestselling writer Kate Mosse, author of the Languedoc Trilogy featuring Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel talks about her hugely popular novels, their French setting and the French writers, past and present, who have inspired her. www.katemosse.co.uk
11.15 – 11.30am Coffee break
11.35am – 12.20pm Workshop Choice One
Passionate enthusiasts guide us through the best writing from some of our favourite countries. Or else sample a special writing workshop.
Choose from the following when you sign up at Registration – first come first served. Each 45 minutes
Turkish Delights: Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak are just the start when it comes to the untold riches of Turkish writing. Well-known translator Feyza Howell helps you discover its myriad delights.
French Letters: Whether its Victor Hugo or Marcel Proust, many of us know about the classics but are less aware of contemporary French writing. Hélène Fiamma, Head of Books at London’s Institut Français, takes us on a wonderful whistle-stop tour of this rich literary scene.
Going Dutch: For such a small country the Netherlands has produced a remarkable range of writers, many now available in English translation. Arnold Jansen op de Haar, writer and advisor to Holland Park Press, tells us about the prose and poetry we shouldn’t be missing.
German Cousins: Germany has some of the very best crime, thriller and literary writers. This session, run by Anne Marie Goodridge from London’s Goethe Institute, helps you discover many of these jewels, together with a look back at the classics.
Freedom to Read, Freedom to Write. A creative writing session. Capturing creative responses to world writing, Wendy Ann Greenhalgh works with English PEN to celebrate ways that writers courageously and imaginatively strive to liberate their ideas and writing. In this workshop Wendy will use words of imprisoned writers as a ‘jumping-off point’ for creative writing and discussion.
12.20 – 1.20 pm. Lunch. A café will be open for you to purchase refreshments
1.20 – 1.30 Competition results and prizes
1.30 – 1.50 pm The Joys of Foreign Fiction: Independent Publisher of the Year Meike Ziervogel of Peirene Press tells us about her innovative company and her choice of compelling novels.
1.50 - 2.35 pm Bestselling novelist and Venetian resident Michelle Lovric- author of Carnevale, The Floating Book, The Remedy, The Book of Human Skin, as well as novels for younger readers – sets her sumptuous and thrilling novels in historic Venice. Here she talks about her writing and the writers on Venice who have inspired her. www.michellelovric.com
2.35 – 2.50 pm Coffee break
2.55 - 3.40 pm Workshop Choice Two
3.45 – 4.25pm A Year of Reading the World. During 2012 writer Ann Morgan set herself the task of reading one book from every one of the world’s 196 countries. She tells us about the joys and surprising discoveries she has made.
4.25 – 4.30pm Round up
Please note: all the books discussed are available in English language editions. No prior knowledge of any of the books or writers is needed.
Praise for our Around the World in 80 Books Readers’ Day, Winchester, March 2013:
‘I enjoyed the sheer range of books and countries covered…’
‘Variety of talks, all interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining..’
‘The passion and enthusiasm of those running the workshops’
- Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
- Saturday 29 June 2013, 9:30am – 4:30pm
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- £15/£12 – Concessions
To book tickets call the Box Office on 01206 573948. Tea and coffee included in the price. Book online with the Essex Book Festival now.