Joy of Influence

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Host: Department of English and the Cultural Institute at King’s College London
Location: Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS.
Speaker: Five Aothors, five interviewers

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.

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