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Warwick Words - Festival of Literature and Spoken Word

Warwick Words is a festival of the written and spoken word in the historic town of Warwick, now celebrating ten years of bringing authors from across the country to Warwick to share the written and spoken word.

Tea Time Talks

This year's festival features a series of 'Tea Time Talks' in association with the University of Warwick:

The Novelist, the Translator and the Word

Saturday 29 September 2012, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Warwick

Outside the Anglophone world it is not uncommon for novelists and poets to engage in translation.Though many will do so to make ends meet, others speak of translation as a form of deep study - a way of gaining an inside understanding of the works they most admire. In seeking to educate themselves through translation,they do not just enrich their own writing. They also enter into the great conversations of world literature. And sooner or later, they come to see how this conversation is constrained by censorship. In this session Maureen Freely will discuss her own travels through the hybrid spaces of contemporary letters. After describing her stormy and life-changing experience of translation, she will set out to explain how her work as a translator has gone on to transform her work as a novelist and a campaigner for free expression.

Tickets: £5.00

David Vann

Saturday 06 October 2012, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Warwick

David Vann was born in the Aleutian Islands and spent his childhood in Ketchikan, Alaska. His first book of fiction, the international bestseller Legend of a Suicide, has now been translated into seventeen languages and has won several prizes, including the Prix Medicis Etranger in France. His novel Caribou Island is an international bestseller. He is also the author of two bestselling non-fiction books, and has written for Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, the Sunday Times, Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times and other magazines and newspapers. A current Guggenheim fellow and former Wallace Stegner fellow, he is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco. David will be talking about his books, writing and his latest book, Dirt.

One of the most exciting new talents to come out of America

-– The Sunday Times

Tickets: £5.00


Saturday 03 November 2012, 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Friends Meeting House, Warwick

Join MI5 and MI6 official historians, Christopher Andrew, Keith Jeffery and Chris Moran with Peter Hennessy from QMUL as Chair for a fascinating debate about the best-known intelligence organisations in the world

Refreshments provided

Tickets: £5.00


Saturday 24 November 2012, 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Friends Meeting House, Warwick

How have the lives of mothers been changing since the Second World War and have these changes been for good or bad? Has what it means to be a mother been transformed by feminism, rising divorce rates and the growing numbers of women in the workforce?

Join Angela Davis, a historian at the University of Warwick, to hear tales of motherhood, past and present, as she presents her oral history of motherhood, Modern Motherhood: Women and Family in England, c. 1945-2000. Drawing on the themes of continuity and change we will consider what these women’s stories indicate about both the history and future of motherhood and the family in England.
Refreshments provided.

TIckets: £5.00

A Study in Sherlock

Saturday 08 December 2012, 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Friends Meeting House, Warwick

In the 125 years since their first magazine publication, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson have conquered every form of print and visual media. This talk explores the process of adaptation and the way in which these characters have moved away from their source text and into a more generalised cultural space.

Three researchers from the University of Warwick – Dr. Michael Pigott, Dr. Paul Cuff and Dr. Nicolas Pillai – will guide you through the most exciting, bizarre and downright weird Sherlockian adaptations, using clips from film and television and examples from comic strips and advertising. The game’s afoot!
Refreshments provided.

Tickets: £5.00


More information is available on the Warwick Words website