Event news: an evening of poetry by Don Mee Choi and Denise Riley

by Philip Gowman 2 March 2017
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Looks like an interesting evening, celebrating the work of a Korean and a British poet, and marking the launch of Modern Poetry in Translation‘s Korean edition. Poetry @ the Print Room Print Room at the Coronet | 103 Notting Hill Gate | London W11 3LB | www.the-print-room.org 21 March 2017, 7:30pm | £10 | Book […]

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Conference news: North Korea – Beyond the Headlines, at LSE, 18 March

by Philip Gowman 2 March 2017
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Following the interesting conference in February focusing on the Republic of Korea, now comes a day concentrating on the North. The organisers have lined up a diverse range of speakers, and it should be a good day. North Korea: Beyond the Headlines Sat 18 March 2017, 9:00am – 6:00pm London School of Economics and Political […]

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March events 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 March 2017
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Here are the events that I know of for March. Also look out for the publication of Bandi’s The Accusation, translated by Deborah Smith, which is starting to get press coverage. Film The K-Horror series of screenings curated by Collette Balmain continues with A Blood Pledge (2 March), Horror Stories (9 March), Mourning Grave (16 […]

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Event news: Pro-DPRK protest outside US embassy

by Philip Gowman 1 March 2017
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As spring arrives, so do the annual US-ROK joint military exercises. As last year, there will be a demonstration outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square to protest about the exercises and against the sanctions regime. It will be held 4pm-6pm on Saturday 4 March and is jointly organised by Juche London, the Korea Friendship […]

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Book review: The Future of Silence – Fiction by Korean Women

by Philip Gowman 27 February 2017
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The Future of Silence: Fiction by Korean Women Translated and Edited by Bruce & Ju-Chan Fulton Zephyr Press, 2016, 193pp When an unexpected book-shaped package landed on my doormat in April 2016 I eagerly opened it, wondering what was inside. I was slightly less enthusiastic when I discovered that it was a collection of short stories […]

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Korean designers at London Fashion Week and Int’l Fashion Showcase

by Philip Gowman 26 February 2017
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Once again there was strong Korean representation at London Fashion Week. As at previous events, Eudon Choi and Jackie JS Lee had catwalk shows, and this time they were joined by Korean-Canadian Edeline Lee. All three were represented in the Designer Showrooms, along with J.Won, Moon Lee Artwear, shoe designer Kim Kwang and the Korean-New […]

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Event news: A Blood Pledge is the third movie in the KCC’s K-horror series

by Philip Gowman 26 February 2017
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The first two films in the current series of weekly K-horror screenings have been fun and the talks beforehand informative. A Blood Pledge will be introduced by Anton Bitel. A Blood Pledge (여고괴담 5) Director: Lee Jong-yong, 2009, 88 mins 7pm, Thursday 2 March 2017. Admission free – registration essential via the KCC website. Synopsis […]

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Exhibition news: Yeji Kim – Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2017
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The upcoming exhibition at the KCC is by Yeji Kim, winner of the KCC’s 2017 Open Call: Yeji Kim: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things A series of paintings which explore a sense of the virtual world, inspired by the flatness of images found on social media platforms. 27 February – 18 March 2017 Korean […]

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Event news: Deborah Smith on translating Bae Suah

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2017
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Deborah Smith’s latest Bae Suah translation, Recitation, is now available in bookshops. This month you have the opportunity to hear some of the challenges of translating it, courtesy of SOAS’s Centre for Translation Studies: Close to a State of Linguistic Weightlessness: On Translating Bae Suah Dr Deborah Smith (Korean-English translator, Publisher/Editor at Tilted Axis Press) […]

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Event news: Red Shoes is the second movie in the KCC’s K-horror series

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2017
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The second of six weekly screenings of horror movies and thrillers – a series curated by Collette Balmain – will be introduced by Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn. We are assured that the gremlins that infected the DVD player at last week’s screening have been exorcised. Red Shoes (분홍신) Dir: Kim Yong-gyoon, 2005 (103 mins) 7pm, […]

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LKL’s evening with Zion.T in Kentish Town

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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On the very rare occasions when I go to a big popular music concert I usually end up wondering why. A couple of years ago I queued for ages to get into the cheap seats (£77) for Big Bang’s gig in Wembley Arena. At least they didn’t have a support act, and worked hard to […]

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Exhibition visit: KAA residency — I, Kid

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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For their January 2017 exhibition and performance at the KCC, the Korean Artists Association chose nostalgia for childhood as their theme. The text which follows is from the exhibition catalogue, with installation shots mainly by LKL. I, Kid. 우리어릴적 Childhood memories are special to all of us. They do not disappear, but are planted in […]

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Exhibition news: North Korean Paintings — Beyond Borders, Beauty, at Coningsby Gallery

by Philip Gowman 16 February 2017
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Late notice of an exhibition of a private collection of paintings by North Korean artists. Thanks to Hannah Giles and Marc Leggett for bringing this to my attention. North Korean Paintings: Beyond Borders, Beauty Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, 19 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM The Coningsby Gallery | 30 Tottenham Street | […]

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Event news: the first KCC House Concert of the year is with Joo Yeon Sir

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2017
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The KCC has been holding an open call for Korean musicians to perform in their series of “House Concerts”. That application period closes on 19 February. In the meanwhile, a supremely talented duo will be giving the first recital of the year: KCC House Concert: Joo Yeon Sir (violin), Irina Andrievsky (piano) Tues 21 Feb, […]

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A survey of post-millennials – and South Korea shows its expected malaise

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2017
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Another of those surveys, and guess where South Korea ends up in the rankings? As you might expect from the land of Hell Joseon, the statistics do not look great: second from bottom in terms of overall happiness. Around 1,000 15-21 year-olds from each of 20 countries were surveyed between September and October 2016 as […]

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2017 KCC film nights kick off with Princess Aurora

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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The 2017 film screenings at the KCC start with a season of horror movies and thrillers curated by Colette Balmain. Princess Aurora (오로라 공주) Dir: Bang Eun-jin, 2005, 106 mins 16 February 2017, 7pm @ KCCUK Book via the KCCUK website The directorial debut of Bang Eun-jin, Princess Aurora is a female take on the […]

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Tickets still available for Zion.T’s concert on 17 Feb

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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At the time of writing, tickets are still available for Zion.T’s concert on 17 February. His latest album was released earlier this month, and is available on iTunes. You can catch some tracks from the support act, Choice 37, on SoundCloud. More details on the Cult of Ya’s event page. Zion.T in London O2 Forum […]

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