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.


La Fabrique des Traducteurs

Tue 19 Mar - Thu 23 May

Collège International des Traducteurs

The French association for the promotion of literary translation Atlas is offering emerging translators under 35 an amazing professional development opportunity in the form of an intense two-month programme (“La Fabrique des Traducteurs”), set in Arles.


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.


Transgressing Boundaries in Science-Fiction

Wed 24 - Sat 27 Apr

Maison française d'Oxford

This three-day international symposium, including an exhibition and film screenings, explores race, gender and the transcending of biological and human limitations through technology to question the intellectual norms challenged by science-fiction authors.


Suzanne Doppelt In Cambridge

Thu 25 - Fri 26 Apr

Trinity College and Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

Suzanne Doppelt (b. 1956) is a French writer and photographer, based in Paris. Combining pictorial assemblage and prose, her work offers an investigation of what is at play in the very act of seeing, exploring the relationship between text and image.


Samuel Beckett and Roland Barthes: a ‘dialogue de sourds’

Fri 26 - Sat 27 Apr

University of Leeds

The symposium will bring together Barthes and Beckett scholars to facilitate a conversation between the writers, aiming to (re)historicise Barthes’s and Beckett’s cohabitation of the post-War French milieu and to underline the kinship between the two authors.


Book Signing with Alix Laine

Wed 1 May

Librairie La Page

Rising writer Alix Laine's Madame explores the difficulties faced by a young, ambitious woman trying to navigate her professional and sentimental lives, and struggling to strive and stand for herself when faced with toxic people.


Deux Coréennes : Seh-lynn and Jihyun Park

Sat 11 May

Librairie La Page

Recently published in France by Buchet-Chastel, Deux Coréennes narrates the encounter between two women, one from North Korea, the other from South Korea, learning to embrace their alterity and see past the veneer of propaganda colouring their lives so far.


European Literature Night

Tue 14 May

British Library

Explore the intersection between poetry and performance in the work of contemporary European artists, followed by a concert by François Atlas centered around Charles Baudelaire's' Les Fleurs du mal.

Contemporary Music, Talks

Eric Vuillard – Hay Festival

Mon 27 May

Hay Festival

2017 Goncourt Prize winner Eric Vuillard will be a guest speaker at Hay Festival, where he will discuss his artistic vision and projects for the future.


Eric Vuillard – British Library

Tue 28 May

British Library

2017 Prix Goncourt winner Eric Vuillard will discuss The Order of the day - which tells the story of the pivotal meetings which took place between the European powers in the run up to WW2, and analyses the possibility that History might repeat itself.


Luis de Miranda & Michael Wells – Being & Neonness

Thu 30 May

Old Bookshop - Kentish Town

Being & Neonness is a cultural and philosophical history of neon, from early 20th century Paris to the electric, present day Manhattan, a metonym of contemporary identity and a metaphor for the present, linking consumerism, modernity, and subversion.


Leïla Slimani – Hay Festival

Sat 1 Jun

Hay Festival

The first Moroccan woman to win the prestigious Prix Goncourt, Leila Slimani will join Philippe Sands to discuss her thriller Lullaby and her new novel Adèle, as well as to share her views on women's and human rights and the promotion of French culture.


Stories from Europe

Tue 4 Jun

National Centre for Writing

As part of European Writers 2019, Javier Cercas, Christina Hesselholdt, Pajtim Statovci and Lina Wolffin discuss the way literature can offer new and challenging views on identity, history and diversity, in response to the changes faced by Europe.


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.


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.