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Sebald Lecture 2015

to be given by A L Kennedy

6.30pm on Monday 16 February 2015 at the British Library Conference Centre, London NW1 2DB

Tickets: £10 (£8 over 60s, £7 con)

Tickets will be on sale shortly from the British Library box office

A L Kennedy was born in Dundee in 1965. She is the author of 15 boks, 6 novels, 6 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  Her latest book All the Rage – a collection of short stories – was published by Jonathan Cape in spring 2014. She is also a dramatist of the stage, radio, TV and film. She writes for a number of UK and overseas publications and has a blog with The Guardian Online.

The Sebald Lecture is given annually on an aspect of literature in translation and is named after WG Sebald who set up BCLT in 1989. ‘Max’ was a German writer who opted to live in the UK and continue writing in German. His novels and essays include The Rings of SaturnAusterlitz, and On the Natural History of Destruction and established him as a leading writer of the 20th century.

Sebald Lecture 2014

Atwood in Translationland

The 2014 Sebald Lecture was given by award-winning novelist Margaret Atwood at the British Library on 18 February.

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The lecture, entitled Atwood in Translationland, explores Margaret Atwood’s adventures with translations in 44 languages over 45 years. The event was introduced by Kristian Jensen, Head of Arts and Humanities at the British Library, and chaired by Naomi Alderman.

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her latest novel, MaddAddam is the follow-up to The Year of the Flood (2009) and her 2003 Giller Prize winner, Oryx and Crake. Other recent publications include The Door, a volume of poetry (2007), Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2008) and In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2011).

Additional titles include the 2000 Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Penelopiad. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.

Photo of Margaret Atwood by Jean Malek