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Micro posts, bite sized articles and links to stories on other sites that we find of interest.

Tesco has just reported a 4.3% like for like sales decline in Korea for the 52 weeks to 22 February 2014. This follows a 5.3% decline last year. But nevertheless: Our business in Korea continues to generate high returns despite the impact on sales from the regulatory restrictions on opening hours. Whilst we annualised the […]

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New phase of Shin Meekyoung project launched at BAFTA

by Philip Gowman 13 April 2014
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On the second evening of the London Book Fair there were no author events. No panel sessions, no “conversations with…” And that was because all the Korean authors, along with interpreters, LTI Korea representatives, British Council, Ministry of Culture folks and sundry hangers-on such as myself, were at BAFTA for a reception. It was at […]

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Kim Young-ha rounds off the Korea Market Focus events in London

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2014
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The final event of the Korea Market Focus of London Book Fair 2014 took place last night at the London Review Bookshop near the British Museum – a fascinating and engaging conversation between Kim Young-ha and young British writer, editor and translator Daniel Hahn. Kim is off to Brasilia this weekend for another book event […]

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“Asian Literature” in Hong Kong

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2014
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Before we get carried away by the idea of the new Korean Literature Wave, here’s the “Asian Literature” (in English translation) section of a decent Hong Kong bookstore this week (Page One in Times Square). Almost 50% Murakami, some Japanese Asia Extreme, and some Chinese. While this would be a normal state of affairs in […]

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Great Britain featured in Garosugil

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2014
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Ever since the 2012 Olympic year, the British embassy in Seoul has been running the Great Festival featuring the best of British. And over the weekend they took over one of Gangnam’s most popular streets. The JoongAng Ilbo has the story.

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Kim Yuna’s Lark of Emergency and other popular classics

by Philip Gowman 21 March 2014
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Browsing in the Hankyoreh yesterday I came across some charming pictures of Queen Yuna. This particular one, with the famous yellow logo on the CD cover … … got me googling for Deutsche Grammophon compilations of Kim’s backing tracks. And I came across this: Scrolling down to the tracklist I find that the label hasn’t […]

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The Hairy Bikers come to Korea

by Philip Gowman 17 March 2014
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Coming up this Thursday (20 March) on BBC2 at 8pm, the Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure finally brings them to Seoul. It will be on iPlayer thereafter, but I suspect viewers overseas may need one of those browser plugins which fool websites into thinking you’re logged in from a different country. The Bikers’ programmes are always […]

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Here’s what Hamlet sounds like in Korean

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2014
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In 2012, as part of their Globe to Globe festival, the Globe Theatre invited numerous theatre companies from around the world to perform their Shakespeare adaptations in London – and Yohangza Theatre Company from South Korea brought their Midsummer Night’s Dream [LKL review here]. For phase two of the project, the Globe Theatre is taking […]

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So apparently Korean spiced chicken is Great British Pub Food

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2014
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A menu spotted outside a Bloomsbury pub recently. With Jubo doing well in the Hoxton area with their Korean spiced chicken wings, it looks like other pubs are trying to get in on the act.

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Koreans come 1st and 2nd in Hastings Piano comp

by Philip Gowman 15 March 2014
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Congratulations to 17 year-old Lee Taek-gi on winning the first prize (and £10,000) in this year’s Hastings International Piano Competition with his performance of Rachmaninov’s 3rd piano concerto. Runner-up was Sunwoo Yekwon, winning £2,500. The final of the competition was on 8 March. Source: Hastings International Piano Competition

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Krys Lee wins literature award

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2014
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Congratulations to Krys Lee who has won a literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is one of two winners of a Rome Fellowship in Literature, which involves a one-year residency (2014–2015) at the American Academy in Rome. Source Authors: Krys Lee

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LBF event, 11 Apr 7pm: In conversation with Kim Young-ha

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The last of six evening events during London Book Fair week at the London Review bookshop: In conversation with Kim Young-ha April 11, 19.00-20.00 Kim Young-ha will be in conversation about his novels, their translation into other languages and adaptation into film. He’ll also be talking about his literary influences, and how his writing reflects […]

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LBF event (Aberystwyth) 11 Apr: Reading Korea, Translating Wales

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The London Book Fair comes to Wales: Reading Korea, Translating Wales Friday 11 April, 18.00-19.00 Lee Seung-U in conversation with Francesca Rhydderch On her return from East Asia, Dr Francesca Rhydderch, author of The Rice Paper Diaries (Seren 2013) interviews Korean writer Lee Seung-U. Lee is a novelist and professor of Korean literature at Chosun […]

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LBF Event, 10 Apr 8pm: Reading and Discussion with Kim Hyesoon

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The fifth of six evening events during London Book Fair week, which unfortunately overlaps with a session with Shin Kyung-sook, Krys Lee and Quaisra Shahraz at Asia House. Reading and Discussion with Kim Hyesoon 10 April, 20.00-21.00 Join us for an evening of poetry by one of South Korea’s most important contemporary poets, Kim Hyesoon. […]

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LBF event (Edinburgh) 10 Apr: Edinburgh Reads

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The London Book Fair comes to Edinburgh: Edinburgh Reads with Kim Insuk and Han Kang Thursday 10 April, 19.00-20.00 Edinburgh Libraries are delighted to welcome Korean writers Kim Insuk and Han Kang, and Scottish writer Karen Campbell to our Edinburgh Reads programme. Kim Insuk is unique amongst Korean writers as her works often centre on […]

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LBF event, 10 Apr 6:45pm: Separations, at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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The fourth of six evening events during London Book Fair week, which unfortunately overlaps with a session with Kim Hyesoon at the Festival Hall. Separations 10 April, 18.45-20.00 Authors from Korea, Pakistan and Singapore discuss their work and the question: How does the partition of a country and divisions of families affect its society and […]

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LBF Cultural Programme events, 10 Apr during the day at Earls Court

by Philip Gowman 28 February 2014
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Here are the Korea-related literature sessions on the final day of the London Book Fair. Free admittance, provided you have a pass to the Fair itself. You can register for one on the London Book Fair website. Looking forward to the translation slam! Adaptations: From Page to Screen 11.30-12.30 Hwang Sun-mi, Yoon Tae-ho and Martin […]

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