Location: Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS.
Speaker: Five Aothors, five interviewers
Information: Tickets £5.00 Alumni £3.00
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Joy of Influence festival, a collaboration between the Department of English and the Cultural Institute at King’s which will see some of the country’s best known journalists come to the College to discuss the novel that changed their life.
In September and October, five journalists will be interviewed by a celebrated novelist or editor about how their favourite fictional work has influenced them. The five events will challenge the traditional format of literary conversations, using reflections on fiction to offer insights into how journalism works as a creative art form. The journalists are:
Andrew Marr, one of the country’s best-known political interviewers, who will reveal what he gets from Tolstoy’s historical masterpiece, War and Peace, in conversation with London Review of Books editor Mary-Kay Wilmers.
Rock journalist Paul Morley, who will discuss the influence of his mentor, Nabokov, with novelist and essayist Adam Thirwell
Paul Mason, more often found at Channel 4 News unravelling the miasma of our economic crises, who will talk to Man Booker-winning novelist Anne Enright about Pynchon’s chaotic modern masterpiece, Gravity’s Rainbow.
Gaby Wood, Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph, who will talk about Italo Calvino’s The Castle of Crossed Destinies with novelist and writer Jonathan Coe
Well-known commentator India Knight who will discuss Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love with novelist and Creative Writing Fellow at King’s Andrew O’Hagan
The talks will explore the region where fiction and non-fiction writing blends and cross-fertilizes and how these works have changed the journalists’ lives and working styles.
Led by Andrew O’Hagan, the Joy of Influence series is now in its second year. Last year saw six novelists talk about their love of another art form and included Kazuo Ishiguro on film, Lavinia Greenlaw on television and John Lanchester on video games.
The talks will run on 22, 23, 26, 29 September & 3 October 2014, 18.30 – 19.30, in the Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS.
Location: Conde Nast College, 16–17 Greek Street London W1D 4DR
Speaker: John Wilson Foster, Tim Dee
Information: Free event - Drinks will be served
NHE are proud to announce the publication of Pilgrims of the Air by John Wilson Foster.
This elegant edition, painstakingly researched and beautifully written by Foster, is the definitive account of the life and demise of the passenger pigeon - the last of the species having died on 1st September 1914.
Tim Dee, writer and radio producer, will join John Wilson Foster for an evening of discussion about the consequences of Man's capacity to destroy all that is abundant.
You are cordially invited to join us.
Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
Speaker: A host of star names
Two of the UK's best-known scientists, Professor Richard Dawkins and Dr Alice Roberts, are among a host of star names appearing at the 2014 Blenheim Palace Literary Festival.
Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion, features in a special event, at which he will talk about the early influences on his life and work. He will also select some of his favourite music, which will be performed by the outstanding Orchestra of St John conducted by John Lubbock.
Roberts, well known as a presenter on primetime BBC programmes such as Coast and The Incredible Human Journey, will talk about her new book, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being.
A preview event on Saturday, September 15, features the historian and popular novelist Deborah Harkness talking about the final instalment of her All Saints Trilogy.
Tickets for these and other events can be booked through the festival website at blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.com A walk-in and telephone box office will open at The Feathers hotel in Woodstock later this month. The festival takes place between Thursday, September 25, and Sunday, September 28.
Location: Trinity Long Room Hub Trinity College Dublin
Speaker: John Wilson Foster
Information: Free event - Drinks will be served - all welcome
In this brilliant essay, John Wilson Foster investigates the hauntingly sad disappearance of the passenger pigeon and the complexities involved in tracing the exact point at which the beautiful bird became extinct. He tells us of a time of plenitude – salmon-crowded rivers, cod-packed seas – and flocks of passenger pigeons in such incredible multitudes they eclipsed the sun and the moon. He tells us of the shocking speed of extinction and the consequent disbelief that they had been there in such numbers and that they were no more.
Michael Longley CBE says of the book:
To early settlers the New World must have seemed like Eden in its plenitude – salmon-crowded rivers, cod-packed seas – and flocks of passenger pigeons in such incredible multitudes they eclipsed the sun and the moon. The pigeons which used to migrate in ribbon flocks of millions are now extinct. What caused this disastrous collapse? In his brilliant book John Wilson Foster tells us what happened. We view the pigeons through the lenses of folklore, religion and ancient natural history, and then more scientifically. ‘All science begins with marvelling,’ as Aristotle suggested, and every page of this book is lit by a sense of wonder. Foster combines the attentiveness of a field-naturalist, the observation and reason of a scientist, a scholar’s method and a poet’s imagination. Full of amazement and sorrow, Pilgrims of the Air is a book of utmost distinction by one of our finest public intellectuals.
Location: Frankfurt Germany
Information: Contact NHE for further information - firstname.lastname@example.org
Notting Hill Editions will be exhibiting at The Frankfurt Book Fair from 8th to 12th October 2014. The first three days (Wednesday-Friday) are for trade visitors. On the weekend the doors are open for all those interested in books and media.
More than 275.000 people know exactly where they will be come October. Each year around 7.275 exhibitors present their products and meet new business partners. On the weekend the Book Fair is all about private visitors.
NHE will be introducing new titles so don't miss the chance to connect with us at this important event.