Literary Preview: World Literature Weekend @ LRB

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 115 months ago
Literary Preview: World Literature Weekend @ LRB

LRB_small.jpg If our poke around the London Review Bookshop the other week whetted your appetite for a visit, clear your diary for this weekend cos they're holding a festival of world literature.

If you're heading to the talk between Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti and not-quite-Oxford-professor-of-poetry Ruth Padel for some salacious gossip we imagine you'll be disappointed, but the talk should still be electrifying for all the right reasons. We also reckon the meeting of Esther Freud and Lebanese author Hanan al-Shaykh, mulling the the role of Arab women in society, will be worth a look.

Aiming to "place the translator centre stage", you can catch a panel discussion between four of the people responsible for winners of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize - Anthea Bell, Daniel Hahn, Frank Wynne and Anne McLean - on Saturday lunchtime. There are also appearances by writers with roots in Croatia, China and French Algeria, and all take place either in the LRB or British Museum just over the road.

World Literature Weekend takes place 19-21 June at the London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place WC1A and the British Museum. Tickets cost £8 / £5 concessions. For more information, visit the LRB website.

Last Updated 17 June 2009