LBF Market Focus Poland: Cultural Programme

09.03.2017
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Poland is the Market Focus country at The London Book Fair in 2017. Over the course of the fair, a selection of the best contemporary writers from Poland is visiting the UK to take part in a series of events with UK writers.


Monday, 13th March

14:00-17:00
CONRAD SYMPOSIUM
British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
L15 (L10 member/under 18) | Book online: www.bl.uk/events
Giles Foden and Robert Hampson

This study day considers Conrad’s career as a novelist and his contribution to British culture in the year that has been designated ‘Joseph Conrad Year’ in Poland. Joseph Conrad, probably now best known as the author of Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent, was born in 1857 at a time when Poland had been divided between Austria, Prussia and Russia. He first came to Britain in 1878 as an apprentice on a British steamer. He spent the next sixteen years in the British Merchant Navy before beginning his career as a novelist with Almayer’s Folly. Professor Robert Hampson FEA, FRSA initiates an afternoon of expert discussion with a lecture on Conrad as ‘England’s Polish Genius’, followed by a conversation around ‘Conrad and London’ and a panel of novelists, including Giles Foden, discussing Conrad’s influence on their work.

In association with the British Council and the Joseph Conrad Society

 

18:00-21:00
18TH AND 19TH CENTURY POLAND AND RUSSIA: DIFFERENT PATHS AND MODELS OF DEVELOPMENT
Room 347, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL, 16 Taviton
Street, London WC1H 0BW. Followed by a reception in the Masaryk room
FREE | Book online: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Professor Andrzej Nowak, Professor Geoffrey Hosking and Professor Simon Dixon;
chaired by Professor Jan Kubik

The School of Slavonic and East European Studies together with the British Council is delighted to welcome the eminent visiting Polish scholar and author Professor Andrzej Nowak.

A professor at the Jagellonian University, Nowak is widely recognised for his work on the political history of Central and Eastern Europe. He will discuss 18th and 19th century Poland and Russia, with SSEES’s Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Hosking OBE, author of several highly-regarded works on Russian history including Russia and the Russians (Penguin, 2001)

and Professor Simon Dixon, a specialist in imperial Russian history whose work includes Catherine The Great (Profile Books, 2009). The event will be chaired by SSEES Director Professor Jan Kubik.

 

Tuesday, 14th March

10:00-11:00
NEW POETIC UNIVERSES
National Hall Gallery, Club Room
Marzanna Kielar, Jacek Dehnel and Moniza Alvi; chaired by Sarah Hesketh

In his introduction to Arc’s 2009 anthology Six Polish Poets, Jacek Dehnel wrote that Poland’s new voices could be split into two camps: those working in traditional forms, but in new ways and modern language, and those whose work was language-focused, inspired by the avant-garde. Does Dehnel still agree with this, and if not, what has changed in the eight years since? He joins fellow Polish poet Marzanna Kielar and TS Eliot prize shortlisted Moniza Alvi to discuss poetry today.

11:30-12:30
AM I A CRIME WRITER? CRIME WRITING FROM POLAND
National Hall Gallery, Club Room
Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Olga Tokarczuk, Jacek Dehnel and Amanda Jennings;
chaired by Karen Sullivan

Following in the footsteps of Scandi Crime and Nordic Noir, Polish crime is now garnering international attention. Zygmunt Miłoszewski, widely considered to be Poland’s ‘King of Crime’, discusses his acclaimed home-grown psychological thriller series, combining the realism of everyday life in Poland with wider aspects of the country’s history. Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead has recently been made into a film directed by Agnieszka

Holland. However, neither Tokarczuk and Miłoszewski consider themselves solely a crime writer. Novelist and mentor Amanda Jennings supplies a UK perspective on genre fiction. Join us to discuss the uses and challenges of genre.

13:00-14:00
DO PICTURE BOOKS TRAVEL – IS THERE A EUROPEAN AESTHETIC?
National Hall Gallery, Club Room
Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński, Marta Ignerska, Sara Fanelli and
Lisa Edwards; chaired by Duncan Partridge

This joint seminar with IBBY UK, the British Council and IBBY Poland, this year’s Market Focus, will consider the role of pictures in books in translation. In some cases, illustration is the driving factor in a book’s international success, whilst in others pictures don’t seem to ‘travel’ to new climes. This seminar will explore picture book aesthetic and whether or not pictures can cross borders to find homes in new countries. The panel includes Daniel Mizieliński and Aleksandra Mizielińska, illustrators of the widely-successful Maps (published by Dwie Siostry in Poland and Big Picture Press). Kasia Domańska (Dwie Siostry) and Lisa Edwards (Templar and Big Picture Press) will discuss the success of this book and the different considerations both UK and Polish publishers think of when buying or selling rights abroad. Polish illustrator Marta Ignerska will also join UK illustrator Sara Fanelli in a discussion about their work and the idea of picture book aesthetic in

relation to their countries. Ignerska is a three-time winner of Bologna Ragazzi Awards and is known for the creative verve she brings to illustrating and designing her books. Fanelli is an Italian-born British illustrator, whose work has received international recognition including the National Art Library Illustration Award for Pinocchio. The event will be chaired by Duncan Partridge of the English Speaking Union.

14:30-15:30
TRANSLATION SLAM: POLISH
Literary Translation Centre
Ewa Winnicka, Marta Dziurosz and Sean Bye; chaired by Daniel Hahn

Join Polish translators Sean Bye and Marta Dziurosz in this fast paced translation duel! The slam will showcase the art of translation by comparing side by side new translations of contemporary writing by Polish writer Ewa Winnicka. Chair Danny Hahn will be asking the translators to fight for their word choices whilst Winnicka adds her voice to the melee to explain why she chose the words in the first place.

16:00-16:30
RAGE: ZYGMUNT MIŁOSZEWSKI
English PEN Literary Salon
Zygmunt Miłoszewski and Antonia Lloyd Jones

Zygmunt Miłoszewski is a Polish crime fiction writer, a master of the art who delights in playing complex games with the reader. He is here in conversation with leading Polish translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

The English PEN literary salon showcases leading UK writers alongside acclaimed international authors from the Market Focus.

19:00-20:30
A LIFE OF CRIME? CRIME WRITING FROM POLAND
British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
L8 (L5 Under 18) | Book online: www.bl.uk/events
Olga Tokarczuk and Zygmunt Miloszewski; chaired by Claire Armitstead

Polish writers Olga Tokarczuk and Zygmunt Miloszewski join us to discuss the permeable boundaries of genre fiction. Miloszewski is a writer who has made his name writing psychological thrillers like Rage and a Grain of Truth, but he has also experimented with other genres, including fantasy and thrillers. Tokarczuk is famous for her strange, introspective works of fiction, but her crime novel Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead has recently been made into a film by Agnieszka Holland. Together they will discuss genre fiction, its possibilities and limitations, and whether genre restrictions for writers are helpful or unhelpful, with the Guardian’s Claire Armitstead.

Wednesday, 15th March

10:00-10:30
ARTUR DOMOSŁAWSKI IN CONVERSATION WITH HUGH THOMPSON
English PEN Literary Salon

Artur Domosławski is a renowned journalist and reporter whose expertise is the socio-politics of Latin America. He is here in conversation with Hugh Thomson, the writer, explorer and filmmaker of Latin America.

The English PEN literary salon showcases leading UK writers alongside acclaimed international authors from the Market Focus.

10:00-11:00
INTELLECTUALS IN THE MEDIA
National Hall Gallery, Club Room
Dariusz Karłowicz and Andrzej Nowak; chaired by Doug Wallace

Start your morning with an intellectual stimulant at this challenging and wide ranging discussion on Polish political philosophy. Polish historian Andrzej Nowak writes on Eastern European history and politics and modern mass media, whilst philosopher and publisher Dariusz Karłowicz edits the Polish philosophical magazine Teologia Polityczna.

11:30-12:30
AN EQUAL SHARE: WOMEN’S WRITING FROM POLAND
National Hall Gallery, Club Room
Olga Tokarczuk, Ewa Winnicka, Marzanna Kielar; chaired by Catherine Taylor

Join these fantastic Polish women writers to debate and discuss how writing from a female perspective provides a unique understanding of a country’s culture. Olga Tokarczuk, several times nominated for the Nike prize for fiction and poetry, and Ewa Winnicka, whose writing brings us reports from immigrants all over the world, offer their thoughts on representation in the publishing world. They are joined by Joanna Walsh, novelist and founder of #ReadWomen, and chaired by Catherine Taylor.

13:00-14:00
TRANSLATING CONRAD
Literary Translation Centre
Jacek Dukaj, Magdalena Heydel and Catherine Anyango; chaired by Stanley Bill

Joseph Conrad is rightly celebrated as one of the greatest novelists of all time, but do you think of him as a British writer, or a Polish one? Does his style really sound “foreign”? What would his work have been like if he had written in his native language? And what are the challenges of translating his work into it? Two translators of Heart of Darkness into Polish who have taken very different approaches to the text, and the illustrator of a graphic novel version of the same book will discuss their experiences.

13:00-14:00
WHAT PLACE FOR REPORTAGE IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD?
National Hall Gallery, Club Room
Artur Domosławski, Ewa Winnicka and Remi Adekoya; chaired by Tim Marshall

Literary reportage is often thought of as Poland’s national speciality, made famous by Ryszard Kapuściński whose writing combined dramatic tension with harrowing reports of some of the most dangerous conflicts of the 20th century. Artur Domosławski, author of Kapuściński: A Life among many other books of literary reportage, will be in conversation with Ewa Winnicka, author of Brits. Brits is an as yet untranslated work of reportage devoted to Poles living in the UK. Together they will question the uncertain borders of non-fiction writing, with Polish-Nigerian journalist Remi Adekoya.

14:30-15:30
LIVE DRAWING
Polish Pavillion
Aleksandra Mizielińska and Daniel Mizieliński

Authors of the worldwide bestseller Maps, the Mizielińskis, will be showcasing their illustration work via a live drawing at the Poland Market Focus stand.

14:30-15:00
AUTHOR OF THE DAY: OLGA TOKARCZUK IN CONVERSATION WITH ROSIE GOLDSMITH
English PEN Literary Salon

The British Council presents Polish Author of the Day Olga Tokarczuk, twice winner of the Nike prize and one of Poland’s most esteemed writers.

The English PEN Literary Salon showcases leading UK writers alongside acclaimed international authors from the Market Focus.

16:00-17:00
EWA WINNICKA IN CONVERSATION WITH ELLIE MAE O’HAGAN
English PEN Literary Salon

Ewa Winnicka is a Polish reportage writer whose main subject is immigration and the fate of immigrants, and she takes a special interest in the UK’s Polish population. She will be in conversation with Ellie Mae O’Hagan, a freelance journalist whose work appears in the Guardian, the New York Times and the New Statesman.

The English PEN Literary Salon showcases leading UK writers alongside acclaimed international authors from the Market Focus.

Thursday, 16th March

10:00-11:00
SALT MONODY: MARZANNA KIELAR IN CONVERSATION WITH SASHA DUGDALE
English Pen Literary Salon

Marzanna Kielar has been called the ‘Polish Sappho’, a poet and philosopher whose erotic lyrics and suggestive metaphors mark her out as a distinctive poetic voice, here in conversation with Sasha Dugdale.

The English PEN Literary Salon showcases leading UK writers alongside acclaimed international authors from the Market Focus.

13:00-14:00
JACEK DEHNEL IN CONVERSATION WITH MARTA DZUIROSZ
English PEN Literary Salon

Jacek Dehnel is a Polish novelist, poet and crime fiction author whose novel Lala is shortly to be published by Oneworld, here in conversation with Polish translator and Free Word Centre associate Marta Dzuirosz.

The English PEN Literary Salon showcases leading UK writers alongside acclaimed international authors from the Market Focus.

14:30-15:30
WRITING HISTORY AS FICTION IN CONTEMPORARY POLAND
National Hall Gallery, Club Room
Olga Tokarczuk, Jacek Dehnel, Jacek Dukaj and Hisham Matar; chaired by Rosie Goldsmith

In Poland a new generation of writers is eagerly using history in their work in innovative new ways. One of the most acclaimed Polish writers of her generation, Olga Tokarczuk, has won multiple prizes, most recently for her novel The Books of Jacob, which explores an important moment in 18th Century Polish history. Fellow Polish writer Jacek Dukaj creates imaginary futures from a lost past, whilst Jacek Dehnel’s novel Saturn retells at the history of the Goya family. Here they discuss the new wave of Polish historical fiction, with acclaimed British-Libyan writer Hisham Matar.

18:30-21:00
ILLUSTRATION SLAM WITH MARTA IGNERSKA AND GINNY SKINNER
Yurt Café, St. Katharine’s Precinct, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS
L3 | Book online: www.yurt-cafe-salon.eventbrite.com

Join acclaimed artists Marta Ignerska and Ginny Skinner for an evening of live drawing at the award-winning Yurt Café in Limehouse, east London. Marta Ignerska designs and illustrates books for children and adults. Her work has garnered numerous prestigious awards. Ginny Skinner is a painter and illustrator of the graphic novel Briony Hatch. Over the course of the evening, they will create new pieces of art. Audience members will also be encouraged to participate. This event is in partnership with Limehouse Books.

19:00-20:30
OLGA TOKARCZUK IN CONVERSATION WITH DEBORAH LEVY
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL
FREE | Book online: www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk/events

One of the most acclaimed Polish writers of her generation, Olga Tokarczuk has won multiple prizes, most recently for her novel The Books of Jacob, which explores an important moment in 18th Century Polish history. Two recent novels, The Books of Jacob and Flights, will shortly be published by Fitzcaraldo Editions. Here, she discusses writing fiction in Poland and her place within it, as well as the similarities it shares with UK fiction – and the differences that set it apart. Join us for an evening of discussion with Booker prize nominated Deborah Levy.

19:00-20:30
IMAGINING THE FUTURE
Waterstones Gower Street, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ
L8 (L5 concessions) | Book online: www.waterstones.com/events
Jacek Dukaj and Zen Cho; chaired by Anna James

Are we living in an era predicted by science fiction? What do we imagine for our future? Celebrated Polish science-fiction writer Jacek Dukaj and British-Malaysian writer Zen Cho come together to discuss ‘imagined futures’ within the genres of speculative and science fiction. This event is in collaboration with English PEN, and chaired by Anna James.

20:00-21:30
WORLD POETS SERIES: POLISH POETS IN LONDON
Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX
FREE | Book online: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on
Marzanna Kielar, Jacek Dehnel and George Szirtes

In recent years, The Poetry Library has hosted readings from poets from South Korea, Mexico and Syria. This year, we host poets from Poland to celebrate the Polish focus of the London Book Fair.

Saturday, 18th March

13:00
OLGA TOKARCZUK ON HER WRITING, POLISH IDENTITY & MULTICULTURALISM
Toxteth Library, Windsor St, Liverpool, L8 1XF
FREE | Book online: www.merseysidepolonia.com

Marseyside Polonia is privileged to host a special event with Olga Tokarczuk, one of the most celebrated contemporary Polish authors. A master of storytelling with philosophical depth who brings into her writing mythical qualities inspired by the work of Carl Jung. An award-winning author courageously looking at Polish identity against its multicultural history set in ethnically diverse Poland. Olga Tokarczuk’s books such as House of Day, House of Night (Northwestern University Press) and Primeval and Other Times (Granta Books) have been already printed in

English, and her two recent novels, The Books of Jacob and Flights, will shortly be published in the UK, for the first time, by Fitzcarraldo Editions. Join Merseyside Polonia for an afternoon of readings from Olga Tokarczuk (in English and Polish) and a discussion with the author. This event is part of the Poland Market Focus programme at the London Book Fair, supported by the British Council, Polish Cultural Institute and Liverpool City Council.

14:15-15:15
PARTNERS IN CRIME
Harlow Library, Cross Street, Harlow, CM20 1HA
L7 (L5 age 27 and under) | Book online: www.essexbookfestival.org.uk
Jacek Dehnel, Piotr Tarczynski and Nicci French

Tajemnica Domu Helclów (The Mystery of Helcel House) is a deliciously camp pastiche of a period crime story published by Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczynski under the name Maryla Szymiczkowa. The adventurers of their main protagonist, Mrs Szczupaczynska, often referred to as the Miss Marple of Polish crime fiction, will be shared with leading UK ‘partners in crime fiction’ Nicci French.