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México20: New Voices, Old Traditions

Friday 29 May, 7:00 pm8:00 pm | £5/£4
Free Word Centre,
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom

The México20 anthology brings together the work of twenty young Mexican writers under the age of forty to an international readership.

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Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts: Radicalisation and National Identity

Saturday 30 May, 11:30 am12:30 pm | £10/ £8/ £7 CONC
King’s College London,
Strand, London , WC2R 2LS

Following December’s terrorist attacks in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott called for tougher citizenship laws.  Meanwhile the debate continues to rage about who is – and who is not – included by celebrating Australia Day. Are these symptomatic of a disjointed sense of national identity, and is there a connection with the rising levels of radicalisation reported throughout the world? Speaking at this discussion, chaired by Steven Gale, will be British novelist Nicholas Shakespeare, writer of Oddfellows, a novella about…

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ELN VII: When Home Is Far Away

Wednesday 3 June, 7:00 pm8:30 pm | FREE EVENT
Waterstones Piccadilly,
203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom

Living away from home, being away from family nowhere near the touchstones of childhood memories, is something many of us choose to do. But what if you haven’t chosen such a life and it has simply been thrust upon you? How does it feel to know you can’t go back? Three writers who live in exile across Europe share the stories that come to them and reveal how their creativity breathes new life into new places when home is far…

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ELN VII: The Translation Pitch

Thursday 4 June, 7:00 pm8:30 pm | £5 (£3 concessions)
Free Word Centre,
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom

Eight enthralling books by contemporary European writers which have not yet been translated into English will be pitched live to an audience and expert jury consisting of Max Porter (Granta Books), Kerry Glencorse (Susanna Lea Associates) and Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories Publishing). Featuring Jan Nemec’s A History of Light (Czech Republic) by Melvyn Clarke, Vonne von der Meer’s Take 7 (Netherlands) by Laura Vroomen, Pierre Autin-Grenier’s That’s Just How It Is (France) by Andrea Reece, Jan Van Loy’s Scraps…

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S J Naudé on Translation

Saturday 20 June, 1:00 pm2:00 pm | FREE
Waterstones Piccadilly,
203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD United Kingdom

  As part of London Short Story Festival, S J Naudé, author of The Alphabet of Birds published by And Other Stories, which won multiple awards including the South African Literary Award, will share his experiences of translating his début story collection from Afrikaans into English with Stefan Tobler, publisher at And Other Stories. Learn how recent changes in the usage of Afrikaans in South Africa impacted the writing process and the act of translation. Read S J Naudé’s PEN Atlas dispatch on the subject…

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Speaking Truth to Power

Thursday 23 July, 6:30 pm8:00 pm | FREE (Booking essential)
Free Word Centre,
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom

Join three leading writers from the Middle East as they debate the limits of freedom of expression in the region and beyond. Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi author currently living in New York, whose novels include The Corpse Washer and Ya Mariam. Choman Hardi is a Kurdish poet whose family were forced to flee Iraq several times. Samar Yazbek is a Syrian writer and journalist now living in exile and recipient of 2012 PEN/Pinter Writer of Courage award. Part of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture. 11…

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