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July events

July is another relatively busy month with plenty to satisfy most tastes. So far, my personal priorities are the KCC’s exhibition featuring works by members of the Korean National Academy of Arts, the discussion-concert by the “Godfather of K-pop” in Oxford, and I might be tempted to re-watch the psychological thriller Sleep when it comes … [Read More]

Korean Wave or Korean Tsunami? The Next-Gen Late Night at the Korean Cultural Centre

On Friday 31st May, the Korean Cultural Centre UK hosted its inaugural networking event for young professionals and opinion leaders titled ‘Next Gen Late Night.’ The evening was aimed at bringing people together to discuss not only the explosion of global interest in Korean culture (known as Hallyu) but crucially, as the target audience of … [Read More]

Review: Hera Hyesang Park’s stunning London debut

When faced with the choice of attending a recital by an opera singer I usually politely decline, whatever the reputation of the singer. The prospect of what is usually a selection of operatic arias performed outside of their dramatic context holds little appeal for me, particularly if the recital is accompanied by a piano reduction … [Read More]

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Recent Event updates

KCC networking event: Bridging Research and Industrial Talents Together

On 20 July 2024, the Korean Researchers UK (KRUK) in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre UK presents BRITT 2024, an engaging event for Korean researchers across the UK to explore Korean culture within their respective fields, share experiences, and engage in meaningful exchanges. What Can You Expect: Opening Remarks 2:30pm – 2:50pm Dr Seunghye … [Read More]

Book talk: Anton Hur – Toward Eternity

Renowned translator of the International Booker Prize shortlisted novel Cursed Bunny, Anton Hur returns with his debut novel ‘Toward Eternity’. Toward Eternity explores the unexpected consequences of progress, imagining when technology is catching up with biology. It is a thought-provoking novel that challenges the notion of what makes us human—and how love survives even the end … [Read More]

Market Root: the K-Creatives market

Welcome to Market Root – K-Creatives in London! Join us at 1 Adelaide Road for a day brimming with creativity and inspiration. Connect with fellow K-Creatives and explore unique handmade products including fashion, accessories, ceramics, and hand-woven textiles, complemented by authentic Korean desserts and drinks. Discover K-cosmetics, lettering posters, vintage jewelry, and even a flea … [Read More]

Kim Bohie: “Beyond”, at Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art

In her first solo exhibition in Europe, Korean painter Kim Bohie (김보희) presents a new body of work that explores the subtleties of landscape. Kim synthesises various Korean and Western painting traditions to produce her own distinct style. Her paintings are about looking and personal connection to place, engaging with ideas around closeness – spiritual … [Read More]

Korean art exhibition and concert with the Thames Philharmonia

KAET Exhibition – 2024 Korea Art Exhibition An exhibition of fine art, photography, Korean painting, crafts and contemporary art work selected by artists from the Korean Art Association. A vibrant collection that encompasses Korean traditions, culture, life style and landscape. Thames Philharmonia with Soo-Yeon Ham (piano) Join us for an evening of sumptuous classical music … [Read More]

The above events list includes recent updates to events which might have been uploaded some time ago (eg an update confirming venue or ticket link). A chronological listing of all event notices published, most recent first, can be found here. A list of all upcoming events can be found here.

Recent Book updates

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Tastes Like War

A Korean American daughter’s exploration of food and family history, in order to understand her mother’s schizophrenia. Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where … [Read More]

Same Bed Different Dreams

A wild, sweeping novel that imagines an alternate secret history of Korea and the traces it leaves on the present—loaded with assassins and mad poets, RPGs and slasher films, pop bands and the perils of social media In 1919, far-flung patriots establish the Korean Provisional Government to protest the Japanese occupation of their country. This … [Read More]

Starry Field: A Memoir of Lost History

“Absorbing…Starry Field reminds us that even knowing where we came from won’t tell us where we’re going – but it will help along the way.” Susan Choi, National Book Award winning author of Trust Exercise A poignant memoir for readers who love Pachinko and The Return by journalist Margaret Juhae Lee, who sets out on a search for her family’s history … [Read More]

Y/N

Surreal, hilarious, and shrewdly poignant—a novel about a Korean American woman living in Berlin whose obsession with a K-pop idol sends her to Seoul on a journey of literary self-destruction. It’s as if her life only began once Moon appeared in it. The desultory copywriting work, the boyfriend, and the want of anything not-Moon quickly … [Read More]

Everything Good Dies Here: Tales from the Linker Universe and Beyond [forthcoming]

Introducing English readers to the speculative fiction of pseudonymous author Djuna, whose writings and interventions into internet culture have attracted a cult following in South Korea The stories brought together in this collection introduce for the first time in English the dazzling speculative imaginings of Djuna, one of South Korea’s most provocative SF writers. Whether … [Read More]

The Melancholy of Untold History [forthcoming]

A beautifully crafted, enriching saga inspired by East Asian mythology, The Melancholy of Untold History is Minsoo Kang’s debut novel, steeped in history like R.F. Kuang’s Babel, epic in scope like Anthony Doerr’s Cloud Cuckoo Land, and lyrically exciting like David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, interweaving four complex yet entertaining stories as they shape and create a nation’s literary narrative through … [Read More]

The above booklist includes recent updates to books which might have been uploaded some time ago (eg an update to reflect a release of cover art, or a new review). A chronological listing of all books uploaded, most recent first, can be found here.