Projects

The London Book Fair Korea Market Focus 2014

Tuesday 8 AprilWednesday 9 April | Thursday 10 April





11.30-12.30
Writing Literature after History

With Hwang Sok-yong and Kamila Shamsie; Chaired by Grace Koh.

The impact of the Korean War is still evident in present-day Korea, not least with the continued separation between North and South. What is the role of the writer in Korean society - can history be adequately represented in fiction, and what challenges do writers face, both creative and political?

Whitehall Room, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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13.00-13.30
In Conversation

Kim Young-ha in conversation with Krys Lee

English PEN Literary Salon, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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14.30-15.30
Illusions and Reality: Writing the Self

Kim Hyesoon, Lee Seung-U and Helen Ivory; Chaired by Michael Hulse

Writing has long been linked to the process of self-creation, as an articulation of the self and a tool for finding and shaping reality. How does language contend with the fissure between reality and ideal? Is such dissonance a necessary precursor for writing? And how have the rapidly changing social landscapes in the UK and Korea affected our relationship with the written word?

Whitehall Room, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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16.00-16.30
In Conversation…

Kyung-sook Shin in conversation with Arifa Akbar

English PEN Literary Salon, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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10.00-11.00
Writing Home: Migrant Literature

Kim Insuk, Kim Young-ha and Xiaolu Guo; Chaired by Ellah Allfrey

How does national and personal identity endure in foreign and faraway lands? Join us to explore Korea’s relationship with the rest of the world through literary portrayals of Korean emigrants in the writing of Kim Insuk and Kim Young-ha, whose novels portray Koreans in places as varied as Australia and Mexico.

Whitehall Room, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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11.30-12.00
In Conversation…

Hwang Sun-mi in conversation with Maya Jaggi

English PEN Literary Salon, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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13.00-14.00
Allegory and the Literary Imagination

Yi Mun-yol and Marina Warner; Chaired by Christopher MacLehouse

How do myth, allegory and fable illustrate history and society? What imaginative tools do they give writers, and do such stories have the power to be socially transformative? We welcome Yi Mun-yol for an exploration of fable in contemporary fiction: its response to social injustice, ideology and history in Korean writing.

Whitehall Room, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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14.30-15.30
Families, Relationships and Society

Kyung-sook Shin, Han Kang and Kerry Hudson; Chaired by Rachel Holmes

The shock of modernity has had a profound effect on Korean society, and the families and the relationships of its people. Acclaimed novelists Kyung-sook Shin and Han Kang discuss how their work examines the conflict between the traditional and the modern and the space between the young and the old.

Whitehall Room, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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16.45-17.45
Writing and Translating in Korea Today

Brother Anthony, Krys Lee and Shirley Lee; Chaired by Cortina Butler

Get an introduction to contemporary Korean writing from the experts: literary translators. Join Krys Lee, Shirley Lee and Brother Anthony to discover the dominant trends and concerns of Korean literature today and gain an insight to the complex role of the literary translator, negotiating two languages and cultures to bring great new writing to UK readers.

Literary Translation Centre, Earls Court
Language: English

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11.30-12.30
Adaptations: From Page to Screen

Hwang Sun-mi, Yoon Tae-ho and Martin Rowson

In the UK as in Korea, cinematic adaptations of novels are as popular as ever. We explore the process of adaptation – online comics to films, books to films, and online formats to print. What happens to a story or a character and when it shifts from screen to page or page to screen and what are the challenges and opportunities for creativity each of these formats afford?

Whitehall Room, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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13.00-13.30
In Conversation…

Hwang Sok-yong in conversation with Jo Glanville

English PEN Literary Salon, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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14.30-15.00
In Conversation…

Yi Mun-yol in conversation with Claire Armitstead

English PEN Literary Salon, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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15.00-16.00
Korean Translation Slam!

Deborah Smith and Eugene Lee; Chaired by Kelly Falconer

Emerging Korean-to-English translators Deborah Smith and Eugene Lee will test their linguistic mettle in a light-hearted duel of words. The slam will showcase the art of translation by juxtaposing competing translations of the same piece of contemporary writing by a Korean writer.

Literary Translation Centre, Earls Court
Language: English

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