The focus of the PEN chapter this year is to defend and support minority languages within ethnic communities in Wales. When we are given the confidence and liberty to speak for ourselves in our mother tongues as much as in our acquired speech, we demonstrate the diversity, persistence and vitality of language. Three Welsh and three refugee writers are here to speak for themselves and to invite you into the local and global PEN alliance of writers working to promote international freedom of expression and linguistic equality.
Come and learn to draw with the Animation Director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea.
The winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize speaks about his journey from an abusive children’s home to his time in Brixton in the late 1970s and early ’80s, when he penned poems and lyrics under the name ‘The Brixton Bard’. Learn about the personal experiences that inform his work now, and hear him read from his new novel for young adults.
A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.
Renowned painter of the exquisite and other-worldly The Kiss, Gustav Klimt is the crowning jewel in Austria’s symbolist movement. Join Brandon, Dautch and Quraishi as they present their poetic answers to Klimt’s masterpieces, specially commissioned by Bradford Literature Festival. The poets will discuss how Klimt’s work inspired their own, as well as the social and artistic context in which the paintings were created. This one-of-a-kind event marries the contemporary with the historical to mark the centenary of Klimt’s death.
In troubling times, it’s tempting to retreat to our comfort zones, to be with people just like us. But what if actively seeking the unfamiliar was proven to be the key to a brighter future – both personally and for society at large? In this fierce, empowering call to arms, Sarpong uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the State and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.
Jeremías Gamboa es autor del libro de relatos Punto de fuga y la novela Contarlo todo, una obra sobre el aprendizaje, la búsqueda de la identidad y el poder transformador de la literatura. La escritora colombiana Margarita García Robayo ha escrito obras como Hasta que pase un huracán, Lo que no aprendí y Cosas peores, una recopilación de relatos sobre las ambiciones y fracasos de diversos personajes por la que fue galardonada con el premio literario Casa de las Américas 2014 en la categoría de cuento.