Tuesday 5 December, 6:30pm
Waterstones Gower Street
82 Gower Street
London WC1E 6EQ
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Polish-British Joseph Conrad is regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. To celebrate his work, as well as his profound understanding of ever-current issues, Conradology explores his enduring relevance in both countries, bringing together the themes that shaped his life and work - the sea, colonialism, war, travel – in conceptual essays, near futuristic tales and new journeys through the heart of darkness, cementing Conrad's reputation as a true citizen of the world.
Join us for two evenings of stories with very special guests, Polish authors Grażyna Plebanek (acclaimed novelist and author of Illegal Liaisons) and Wojciech Orliński (journalist, blogger and writer, author of the best-selling biography of Stanisław Lem). In London they will be joined by a British contributor (TBC), in London by British short story writer Sarah Shoefield. Both discussion will be chaired by Robert Hampson, Chair of the Conrad society and internationally renowned Conrad scholar.
Professor Robert Hampson FEA, FRSA has an international reputation as a Conrad scholar and critic. His books on Conrad include Joseph Conrad: Betrayal and Identity, Cross-Cultural Encounters in Joseph Conrad's Malay Fiction and Conrad's Secrets. He has also edited various works by Conrad and was the editor of The Conradian. He has recently co-edited Conrad and Language with Katherine Baxter. In January 2015, he was elected Chair of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK).
Wojciech Orliński was born in Warsaw, Poland. He trained as a chemist but has devoted most of his professional life to writing about science fiction, as a journalist, writer, and blogger. His most recent book is a best-selling biography of Stanisław Lem Lem. Życie nie z tej ziemi (Lem. Life not from this land, Czarne 2017).
Grażyna Plebanek is the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling novels featuring strong female characters, such as Pudełko ze szpilkami (Box of Stilettos, 2002), Dziewczyny z Portofino (Girls from Portofino, 2005) or most recent Pani Furia (Miss Fury, 2016). Plebanek’s lllegal Liaisons (Nielegalne związki, 2010) sold over 50,000 copies in Poland and is her first novel translated into English (Stork Press, 2012).
Farah Ahamed is a short fiction writer. Her stories have been published in The Massachusetts Review, Thresholds, Kwani?, The Missing Slate and Out of Print among others. She was highly commended in the 2016 London Short Story Prize, joint winner of the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and has been nominated for The Caine and The Pushcart prizes. She was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Literary Prize, DNA/Out of Print Award, Sunderland Waterstones Award, Asian Writer Short Story Prize, and Strands International Short Story.
Sarah Schofield’s prizes include the Writers Inc Short Story Competition and the Calderdale Short Story Competition. She was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2010 and was runner up in The Guardian Travel Writing Competition, and currently teaches Creative Writing at Edge Hill University. Her stories have appeared in several Comma Press anthologies: Lemistry, Bio-Punk, Beta-Life, Spindles, and Thought X. She is currently working on her first collection.
Both events supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London with an extra support from Merseyside Polonia for the Liverpool evening.