LBF Cultural Programme events, 8 Apr during the day at Earls Court

The Korea-related literature sessions on the first day of the London Book Fair are set out below. Free admittance, provided you have a pass to the Fair itself. You can register for one on the London Book Fair website.

Writing Literature after History

Hwang Sok-yong11.30-12.30

With Hwang Sok-yong, chaired by Grace Koh.

The impact of the Korean War is still evident in present-day Korea, not least with the continued separation between North and South. What is the role of the writer in Korean society – can history be adequately represented in fiction, and what challenges do writers face, both creative and political?

Whitehall Room, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

In Conversation…

Kim Young-ha13.00-13.30

Kim Young-ha in conversation with Krys Lee

English PEN Literary Salon, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

Illusions and Reality: Writing the Self

Kim Hye-soon14.30-15.30

Kim Hyesoon, Lee Seung-U and Helen Ivory; Chaired by Michael Hulse

Writing has long been linked to the process of self-creation, as an articulation of the self and a tool for finding and shaping reality. How does language contend with the fissure between reality and ideal?

Lee Seung-uIs such dissonance a necessary precursor for writing? And how have the rapidly changing social landscapes in the UK and Korea affected our relationship with the written word?

Whitehall Room, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

In Conversation…

Shin Kyung-sook16.00-16.30

Kyung-sook Shin in conversation with Arifa Akbar

English PEN Literary Salon, Earls Court
Language: Korean and English

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