Sunday 15 October, 3:15pm
Ilkley Literature Festival
St Margaret's Hall
Polish-British Joseph Conrad is regarded as one of the greatest novelists writing in the English language. The recurring themes of his work are the sea, colonialism, war, and travel. Comma Press commissioned 16 of Britain and Poland’s most revered fiction writers to respond to his rich literary legacy in a forthcoming anthology Conradology (Comma Press, November 2017.
UK-based Agnieszka Dale and Jan Krasnowolski read excerpts from their stories, chaired by fellow contributor Dr. Richard Niland.
Agnieszka Dale (née Surażyńska) is a Polish-born London-based author of forthcoming Fox Season and Other Stories (Jantar Publishing, book launch 25 October 2017 in London. Her short stories have been selected for BBC Radio 4, Liars' League London, Tales of the Decongested and The Fine Line Short Story Collection. Her feature articles have been published by Stylist, and her song lyrics performed on BBC Radio 3's In Tune Live from Tate Modern. In 2013, Dale was awarded the Arts Council England TLC Free Reads Award. Her story 'The Afterlife of Trees' was shortlisted for the Carve Magazine Esoteric Short Story Contest and longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize.
Jan Krasnowolski is a Polish-born Bornemouth-based writer, essayist, translator. He is the author of four books of creative fiction – 9 łatwych kawałków, Klatka and Afrykańska elektronika (African Electronics), his latest Syreny z Broadmoor, which translates as The Sirens of Broadmoore (Świat Książki 2017). He is the winner of three Machina Magazine creative writing awards.
Dr Richard Niland is Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His research and reading is mostly in nineteenth and twentieth century literature and history. He published his book Conrad and History with Oxford Universtity Press in 2010 and has recently published work on the Marx Brothers, R. B. Cunninghame Graham, and Joseph Roth. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Adam Gillon Award for Best Book on Conrad published 2009-2012 from the Joseph Conrad Society USA.
Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London