Mayor to host literature festival

Authors, illustrators and translators will be providing workshops for RBKC schoolchildren in February on a series of literary works popular with children in Denmark, Estonia and Sweden. The festival will also feature three evening talks open to the public. On Monday 8th February Danish author Janne Teller will be in conversation with Paul Binding, the English author and literary reviewer. Teller will discuss her work, particularly her controversial work ‘Nothing’, which was originally banned but has now become a prize willing best seller. Nothing has been adapted as an opera that will be performed at Glyndebourne at the end of February and later at Covent Garden. The talk will be given at 6.30pm at the Central Library Lecture Theatre.

On Tuesday 9th February the well-known Swedish children’s author, Martin Widmark will lead a seminar about his internationally recognised programme to encourage literacy and reading amongst children. The seminar will be of interest to education professionals and school governors as well as the general public. The seminar will be at 6pm in the Mayor’s Parlour at Kensington Town Hall.

On Wednesday 10th February Costa Book Prize judge and managing editor of Books for Keeps, Andrea Reece will chair a discussion about Jakob Martin Strid’s book, Little Frog. The book’s UK publisher Anna McQuinn of Alana Books will be joined by the Danish editor from Gyldendal Books, who has worked with Strid for more than ten years. The discussion will take place at 6pm in the Mayor’s Parlour at Kensington Town Hall.

From Monday 8th – Friday 12th February with three evening talks open to the public. Tickets for all three events are available from [email protected] or by telephoning 020 7361 3659. There is a suggested donation of £10 to the Mayor’s Charity, Lung Cancer Research, for the event on Monday 8th February. There will be no charge for the events on Tuesday 9th February or Wednesday 10th February. A glass of wine and an opportunity to continue the discussion will follow each event.

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