The latest volume of Modern Poetry in Translation magazine has a focus on Korean poetry. The subtitle of the issue is The Blue Vein – a reference to a line from Kim Hyesoon’s work included in the volume. “Every morning the sky, the blue vein slaps you hard.” The extract is from Kim Hyesoon’s latest […]

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Event news: Poetry reading by Don Mee Choi

by Philip Gowman 21 March 2017
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After this evening’s poetry reading in the Coronet Theatre’s wonderful Print Room in Notting Hill Gate, Don Mee Choi will be giving another reading at SOAS, tomorrow evening. She promises she will be wearing a special costume for the occasion, at which she will be reading from her 2016 work, Hardly War. Poetry reading by […]

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Exhibition visit: Suh Do-ho — Passage/s

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2017
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Visiting the Suh Do-ho solo show at Victoria Miro gallery is a very British experience. You queue to get in the front door, queue in the back yard to get to the second exhibition space and, once admitted to this gallery you queue again to get up close to the main exhibit. In the dozen […]

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Event news: KCC’s March House Concert

by Philip Gowman 19 March 2017
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News of the KCC House Concert for March: KCC March House Concert Tuesday 28 March, 7pm Reception Hall, KCCUK Free entry but booking is required. To reserve your place, please RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk Designed to support UK based Korean musicians, the KCC House Concert is a new performing arts programme at the Korean Cultural Centre […]

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Event news: Support for North Korean Exiles – a talk in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 18 March 2017
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EAHRNK will be hosting an event in New Malden on April 5th in conjunction with TNKR (Teach North Korean Refugees). Come along to find out how you can get involved in North Korean human rights: Empowerment and Integration: Support for North Korean Exiles Wed 5 April 2017 | 19:00 – 21:00 New Malden Methodist Church […]

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Book review: Bandi — The Accusation

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2017
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Bandi: The Accusation – Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea Translated by Deborah Smith Serpents Tail 2017, 245 pp Originally published as 고발, Chogabje.com, 2014. Mike Breen, in his book The New Koreans, describes han as “a kind of rage and helplessness that is sublimated and lingers like an inactive resentment” and is often evidenced in […]

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Event news: Fatal Intuition is the final movie in the K-horror series

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2017
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Colette Balmain’s season of horror movies and thrillers comes to an end on 23 March with Yun Jun-Hyeong’s Fatal Intuition. Colette will be giving an introduction. Fatal Intuition (그 놈이다) Director: Yun Jun-Hyeong, 2015 (109 mins) 23 March 2017, 7pm @KCCUK, Book here Synopsis Jang-woo (Joo Won) lives with his teenager sister, Eun-ji (Ryoo Hye-Young), […]

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Event news: Lee Hyun-ju’s Our Love Story screens at BFI Flare

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2017
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Coming up this week at BFI Flare, London’s LGBT film festival. It is expected that the director will make an appearance at one of the screenings. Our Love Story (연애담) Director Lee Hyun-ju (2016) Producer Kim Bo-ra With Lee Sang-hee, Ryu Sun-young South Korea 99min Friday 17 March 2017 14:00 NFT3 Buy tickets Saturday 18 March […]

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Event news: Grace Kim + Rusty Filament @ Cargo

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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Those of you who came along to the opening night of the Korean Artists Association residency in January this year will have enjoyed the three-song set performed by Rusty Filament. There’s another chance to hear them, this Saturday in Shoreditch, along with the wonderful Grace Kim, an R&B singer based in Liverpool. Brin’it Sound’s First […]

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Event news: Zhang Lu’s A Quiet Dream is the first LKFF teaser screening

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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Zhang Lu’s elusive Love And… was the brave choice to close the 2015 London Korean Film Festival. His latest feature is the first of the festival’s 2017 “teaser” screenings. A Quiet Dream (춘몽) Director Zhang Lu, 2016, 101 mins Cast: Han Yeri, Yang Ik-june, Park Jung-bum, Yoon Jong-bin Monday 20 March 2017, 7:30pm Regent Street […]

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Event news: Mourning Grave is the fifth in the K-Horror series

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2017
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The penultimate screening in the current K-Horror season will be introduced by Anton Bitel. Mourning Grave (소녀괴담) Director: Oh In-chun, 2014, 90mins 16 March 2017, 7pm @ KCCUK | Book here The directorial debut of Oh In-chun, Mourning Grave is a contemporary reinvention of the traditional Korean ghost story that is as much a romantic […]

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Event news: James Cousins Company — Rosalind

by Philip Gowman 8 March 2017
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Coming next week to The Place, a UK-Korean dance collaboration reworks Shakespeare. After the Friday performance there will be an informal chat with the company. Rosalind A Shakespearean Heroine. A Modern World. The Place | 17 Duke’s Road | London WC1H 9PY | www.theplace.org.uk Wed 15 – Sat 18 March 2017, 8pm £18 (£12 concessions) […]

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Free Lunchtime Screening of ‘Kung Fu Grandma’

by Philip Gowman 8 March 2017
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Notice of a free screening of Jeong-One Park’s documentary: Kung Fu Grandma Director / Editor / Cinematographer: Jeong-One Park 27 minutes 15 March at 12:15–13:15 Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square Hosted by Birkbeck International Documentary Society Synopsis Korogocho, Kenya. A slum district of acute poverty and violence. In recent years, the settlement’s older women have […]

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Historical feature: Sejong of Korea – The Philosopher King

by Matthew Jackson 6 March 2017
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“There will be no end to the troubles of the state or indeed of humanity until philosophers become kings or until those we now call kings really and truly become philosophers.” This is one of the most famous quotations from Plato. It is taken from his work The Republic, which in attempting to set out […]

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Event news: The Apology screens at Human Rights Watch film festival

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2017
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Human Rights Watch film festival will be screening The Apology, a documentary on the subject of women forced into sexual slavery in WWII. There will be two opportunities to see the film, both followed by a Q+A session with director Tiffany Hsiung. The Apology (2016) UK Premiere, with Q+A with Director Tiffany Hsiung Wednesday 15 […]

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Event news: the omnibus Horror Stories is next in the K-Horror series

by Philip Gowman 6 March 2017
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The next in the KCC’s K-Horror series an the omnibus movie. It will be introduced by Anton Bitel. Horror Stories (무서운 이야기, 2012) Directors: Hong Ji-young, Im Dae-woong, Jeong Beom-sik, Kim Gok, Kim Sun, Min Gyoo-dong Thursday 9 March 2017, 7pm. Reserve your place here. Synopsis The first of three omnibus films featuring some of […]

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Exhibition news: Haenyeo – Women of the Sea, at National Maritime Museum

by Philip Gowman 5 March 2017
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Korea’s latest addition to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage register makes an appearance in Greenwich this month. Full-size portraits of Jeju’s famous diving women by Hyung S. Kim; another chance to experience Mikhail Karikis’s video and sound installation Sea Women (LKL reviews the 2012 Wapping installation of the work here); plus, if like me you […]

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