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English PEN's spring events programme

  • Rare public appearances by Roberto Saviano and Svetlana Alexievich
  • Events in collaboration with Cambridge Literary Festival
  • A full programme of literary talks at London Book Fair 2016
  • Film screening and Q&A with Phillipe Sands and Adam Thirlwell

10 April 2016: Translating Stefan Zweig

In partnership with Cambridge Literary Festival

Stefan ZweigThe work of writer, pacifist and refugee Stefan Zweig is as relevant today as it ever was. Published for the first time in English, Messages from a Lost World: Europe on the Brink contains essays and speeches from the ‘30s and ‘40s which make a timeless plea for sanity in a world where reason has been abandoned. Will Stone, himself a prize-winning poet, translator and essayist, will talk with Guardian literary critic Nicholas Lezard about the work of translating Zweig’s passionate arguments for tolerance, peace and a world without borders.

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10 April 2016: How to write a prize-winning history book

In partnership with Cambridge Literary Festival

Magnifying Glass IllustrationJessie Childs, Lara Feigel and David Reynolds will reflect on the trends in history writing today and will discuss in particular this year’s shortlist of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize, which they judged. Spanning the centuries from Ancient Rome to the Second World War, the 2016 shortlist ranges from the epic panorama of Frankopan’s The Silk Roads and Mary Beard’s SPQR to the personal close-up of one Indian family in the Second World War in Raghu Karnad’s Farthest Field.  There are tales of history and literature intertwining in James Shapiro’s 1606 and of human dignity surviving amid unspeakable horror in Sarah Helm’s If This is a Woman.  The winner of the 2016 prize, Nicholas Stargardt’s The German War, is the story of ordinary lives in the midst of war, described by the judges as 'elegant and eloquent'.

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12-14 April 2016: The English PEN Literary Salon at the London Book Fair

In partnership with the British Council and the London Book Fair

Englisg PEN Literary Salon imageThe English PEN Literary Salon is open to all visitors to the London Book Fair 2016.  This year our programme includes talks with Jeffrey Archer, Rhidian Brook, Tracy Chevalier, Zen Cho, Julian Fellowes, Alisa Ganieva, Wioletta Greg, Howard Jacobson, Elnathan John, Judith Kerr, Marian Keyes, Deborah Levy, Pomerantsev, Max Porter, Meg Rosoff and Jeanette Winterson.

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12-14 April 2016: The Literary Translation Centre at the London Book Fair

In partnership with the British Council, Free Word, Literature Across Frontiers, the Society of Authors, Words Without Borders and Writers’ Centre Norwich

English PEN is a partner in the programme of events at the London Book Fair's Literary Translation Centre. Join acclaimed translators and publishing experts from around the world to discuss translating marginalised languages, translation as activism, non-native translations, children's literature in translation, and much more.

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16 April 2016: My Nazi Legacy + Q&A

In partnership with London Book and Screen Week and the Rio Cinema

While researching East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands QC came to know two men, Niklas Frank and Horst von Wächter, whose fathers were high-ranking Nazi officials during the Second World War. This powerful award-winning documentary, directed by Emmy-nominated David Evans, charts the tensions between Frank and von Wächter ‘s sons as they explore their very different relationships with their fathers and their crimes.

This special showing of the film is a fundraising event for English PEN.  Following the screening, Philippe Sands will discuss the film with acclaimed novelist Adam Thirlwell.

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12 May 2016: The Man Booker International Prize: Translation at its Finest

In partnership with the Man Booker International Prize and Foyles

Translated fiction is undergoing a renaissance in the UK. Come and hear some of the finest international authors and translators discuss their craft with journalist Alex Clark, a few days before the first winners of the newly evolved Man Booker International Prize are announced. Longlisted books include the English PEN-supported A General Theory of Oblivion by Jose Eduardo Agualusa (translated by Daniel Hahn) and Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila (translated by Roland Glasser).

Speakers will be confirmed once the shortlist is announced on 14 April.

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26 May 2016: The Freedom of the Writer with David Hare and Roberto Saviano

An unmissable fundraising event with PEN Pinter 2011 winners David Hare and Roberto Saviano.  In this, their first public conversation, Hare and Saviano will discuss the freedom of the writer and reflect on their own – very different – journeys as writers.

In 2011 acclaimed playwright and director Sir David Hare accepted the PEN Pinter Prize awarded by English PEN, choosing Roberto Saviano to share the prize as International Writer of Courage.  Saviano has been living under police protection since 2006 after receiving death threats from criminal organisations following the publication of his book Gomorrah.

In this special fundraising event to support the work of English PEN, David Hare and Roberto Saviano will discuss the creative freedom of the writer and the limits of free speech, as they reflect on their own very different careers.

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31 May 2016: PEN Atlas - Svetlana Alexievich in conversation with James Meek

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