Saturday, 4 April 2015

Upcoming events at English PEN

Here are the details of upcoming events at English PEN for April and May:

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Translating Irène Némirovsky with Sandra Smith at Cambridge Literary Festival 

Sunday 19 April, 10am
The Winstanley, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UB

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Award-winning literary translator Sandra Smith will be talking about her latest triumph at Cambridge Literary Festival. Written in the last two years of Némirovsky's life, after fleeing Paris in 1940, The Fires of Autumn is the prequel to her masterpiece, Suite Française (released as a major film this spring). A panoramic exploration of French life, it bears witness to the greatest horrors of the twentieth century. Sandra Smith talks to festival patron Ruth Scurr about Némirovsky, translation and literature.

Members of English PEN are entitled to a 10% discount on tickets for this event. Please email for details. 


Masha Gessen

Tuesday 19 May, 7pm
Free Word Centre, Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA 

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In her latest book Words Will Break Cement: the Passion of Pussy Riot, celebrated Russian-American investigative journalist, author and LGBTQI rights activist Masha Gessen explores the status of dissent in Russia and the far-reaching impact of the feminist collective Pussy Riot's 40-second performance in 2012. She is also an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and accused him of promoting a corrupt regime in her book The Man without a Face. 

Join English PEN for an insight into the state of protest, free speech and human rights from one of the world's leading writers on Russia. 


Mexico 20: New Voices, Old Traditions
Laia Jufresa, Brenda Lozano and Daniel Saldana Paris with Maya Jaggi 

Friday 29 May, 7pm 
Free Word Centre, Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA 


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The Mexico20 anthology brings together the work of 20 young Mexican writers under the age of 40 to an international readership.

Join three of the featured writers, Laia Jufresa, Brenda Lozano and Daniel Saldana Paris, as they discuss with journalist Maya Jaggi their work, the anthology, the vast literary tradition of Mexico and how brave new styles are capturing an era of shifting boundaries. 

Mexico20 is part of the year-long celebrations of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico in 2015.

In partnership with the British Council, Hay Festival and Pushkin Press. 
Upcoming events at London Book and Screen Week 


Sunday 19 April, 3pm
Tricycle Theatre, London, NW6 7JR

A special pre-release screening of Rosewater followed by a Q&A with Maziar Bahari and Channel 4 News International Editor, Lindsey Hilsum

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Lydia Cacho 

Thursday 16 April, 7pm
Free Word Centre, London, EC1R 3GA

Leading Mexican writer, journalist and activist Lydia Cacho talks to Gaby Wood, Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph, about freedom of expression and human rights in Mexico.

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