We Recommend: Talks

Research Seminar: Baudelaire and Philosophy

Wed 3 Oct - Wed 19 Jun

Goldsmiths University of London

Goldsmiths University is organising a year-long seminar exploring the poetic and critical writings of Charles Baudelaire and their impact on modern and contemporary philosophical thought, insisting on the richness and ambiguity inherent to his philosophy.


Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation

Fri 29 Mar - Fri 12 Jul

Stephen Spender Trust

Every year, the Stephen Spender Prize seeks to promote international literature, intercultural understanding and the art of literary translation. Its particularity resides in including the young, with categories including 14-and-under and 18-and-under.


Jan Michalski Foundation Writing Residences

Wed 1 May - Sun 15 Sept

Fondation Jan Michalski

Residences at Jan Michalski Foundation, at the foot of the Jura mountains in Switzerland, are now open for the 2020 session. Priority is given to writers and translators, and a percentage of the residences will be dedicated to nature writing.


Hubert Butler Essay Prize 2019

Mon 3 Jun - Mon 2 Sept

HEART London

The Hubert Butler Essay Prize is intented to encourage the art of essay-writing with a resolute European dimension and to expand interest in the works of Butler. The subject for this year is "Where does a citizen of the world belong?".


Les contes illustrés – Alliance Française de Glasgow

Sat 22 Jun

Alliance Française de Glasgow

Discover traditional stories from African and Asian folktales to European fairytales through the interplay between Richard Petitsigne (actor & storyteller) and Olivier Supiot (illustrator & artist), who will provide live storytelling and drawing simultaneously.


French Writers at Shubbak Festival

Fri 28 Jun - Sun 14 Jul

Various Venues

Shubbak is London's largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. The festival returns in 2019 bringing Arabic artists, music and events to London, and will host three French writers: Leïla Slimani, Joseph Kai and Inaam Kachachi.


The Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019

Fri 28 - Sun 30 Jun

Exhibition Road

The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a new three-day celebration of the arts and science in the spirit of the Great Exhibition of 1851. A unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances will connect the area’s iconic institutions, including the French Institute, to create a unique weekend of discovery.

Performing Arts, Talks, Visual Arts

Africa Writes

Fri 5 - Sun 7 Jul

British Library

Africa Writes is a celebration of African literature and this year, powerful storytelling takes centre stage with headliner Chigozie Obioma, an evening celebrating New Daughters of Africa, and an opening night of poetry, music and movement.


Warwick Translates Summer School

Sat 6 - Wed 10 Jul

University of Warwick

Warwick Translates is a literary translation summer school that offers the opportunity to translate texts across the literary genres into English, working with leading professional translators. Registrations are now open.


Transnational Families, Transnational Novels

Fri 12 - Sat 13 Jul

Senate House

This two-day symposium will interrogate the ways in which the novel, a genre born in the 19th century in the context of the rise of nation-states, has evolved to reflect an interconnectedness inherent to modernity and globalisation, focusing on migrations.


International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School

Sun 21 - Sat 27 Jul

University of East Anglia

The British Centre for Literary Translation, in partnership with the National Centre for Writing, is proposing an intensive, one-week, residential programme of translation and creative writing through a series of prose and poetry multilingual workshops.