Next weekend the excellent London Review Bookshop brings back the festival that puts translation at its heart. This year’s theme is history and how it affects the present – and there’s also a focus on Spanish writers.
We’ve picked out some of our event highlights – the Netherlands’ Cees Nooteboom talks to A.S. Byatt about his life, work and travels; A.S. Byatt sticks around to be on the panel discussing history and how literature can approach – and change – it, alongside Maya Jaggi, Tim Parks and Carles Casajuana; Javier Cercas and Paul Preston remember Spain’s attempted coup d’etat in 1981; and young author Daniel Kehlmann chats to Benjamin Markovits about history, biography, fiction and more.
If you’re at all interested in the process of translating books, there’s a series of half-day workshops focusing on one language each (£65 / £40 for one, £110 / £70 for two) and a chance to watch two translators go head to head in a live translation event.
There are also gigs at The Horse Hospital and a very civilised way to start Sunday morning, a chat about short novels Beside the Sea and Down the Rabbit Hole over coffee and cake at the London Review Cake Shop.
World Literature Weekend runs 17th-19th June at the London Review Bookshop, British Museum, London Review of Books and The Horse Hospital. Tickets range from £4 – £9. See the World Literature Weekend website for more information.