Friday 20th June 2014
The Centre for Contemporary Literature will host a workshop on novelist Hari Kunzru from 3pm, at 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck. The event is organized by Bianca Leggett, Churnjeet Mahn and Bran Nicol, in association with the University of Surrey, and sponsored by the AHRC project The Memory Network.
The workshop will act as a forum for debate between Kunzru scholars, with an eye to planning an essay collection provisionally titled Reading Hari Kunzru. Bloomsbury have expressed an interest in a Hari Kunzru study as part of their single author series and the day will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas as to the angles which the book might cover. (Please do come along whether or not you would like to contribute to this collection; equally, attendance is not obligatory for those who would like to contribute.)
The workshop will be followed by a short break, after which you are invited to our evening event, 'A Conversation with Hari Kunzru'. Hari Kunzru has confirmed his attendance: he will be giving a short reading from his new multi-modal essay 'Twice Upon a Time' followed by an interview, which will be opened up to the audience for a general Q&A followed by a wine reception. Attendance is free but places are limited.
3.10 Mini-papers (Please contact organizer Dr Bianca Leggett if you would like to contribute a mini-paper or short presentation of 5-10 minutes)
4.00 Workshop discussion of short story 'The Maestro's Loss' (please read in advance of session)
4.30 On Reading Hari Kunzru. A more general debate of Kunzru's work and the critical discourse which surrounds it.
5.00 Planning session for essay collection. We will end by plotting out the areas to be covered by the essay collection and the announcement of a schedule for contributors.
5.45 End of workshop.
The event with Hari Kunzru is to be held at 7pm in room 114, the Keynes Library.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO A PODCAST OF THE Q&A WITH HARI KUNZRU AND BIANCA LEGGETT.
Image by Indigo Skies Photography under a CC BY-ND license.