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July Literature Night: Kim Ji-young Born 1982

July’s literature night features one of the most talked-about books of recent years. If you’re thinking about entering the 2020 literature essay contest, this session might help. Nice that they’re bringing in In-sook Chappell to lead the discussion. LKL review here.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, by Cho Nam-Joo

Kim Jiyoung, born 1982Wednesday 29 July 2020, 7pm on Zoom
Participation Free – Booking Essential
Apply to [email protected] or call 020 7004 2600 with your name and contact details by Wednesday 1 July evening, or register on the KCC website.

The booking system utilises a lottery-based system that picks names at random. Once the final selection has been drawn, we will send you an e-mail with the result of the selection process. Please note that you will need to provide us with a full postal address once you have received your confirmation e-mail in order to receive a book for the event. The link to join the discussion will be emailed prior to the session.

About the book

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 is the Korean sensation that has got the whole world talking. The life story of one young woman born at the end of the twentieth century raises questions about endemic misogyny and institutional oppression that are relevant to us all.


About the author

Cho Nam-Joo is a former television scriptwriter whose novel Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 became a hotly debated bestseller in South Korea when it was published in 2016. Now published in English, Cho’s book uses the story of one woman to reveal gender inequality in all parts of Korean society, from the privileging of male children to workplace discrimination and harassment. Guardian Interview.

About the moderator

In-Sook Chappell is a Korean-born, London-based playwright and filmmaker. She studied dance in New York at Alvin Ailey before moving into acting. Her first play won the Verity Bargate Award. She is currently under commission to the Manchester Royal Exchange, National Theatre Connections and will be on attachment to the National Theatre Studio later in the year. In-Sook’s most recent production P’YONGYANG was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and enjoyed a sell-out run and critical acclaim at the Finborough Theatre, Winter 2016.


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