Old College plays host to Patrick McGuinness

patrick-mcguinnessTALKING about his latest award-winning book, Other People’s Countries, author Patrick McGuinness will be in the Old College this Saturday.

The lecture, starting at 11:30 in the iconic seafront building, takes its title from the author’s memoir Other People’s Countries which recalls his childhood days in the Belgium town of Bouillon and which won the Wales Book of the Year (English-language) in 2015.

It was the second book by Patrick McGuinness to pick up the Wales Book of the Year title. He also won in 2012 for his novel The Last Hundred Days, a political thriller set in Ceauşescu’s Bucharest in 1989. McGuinness will draw on his writings to explore further the links between literature, identity and cultural belonging.

His keynote speech at Aberystwyth is part of a two-day forum on developing audiences for international literature which is being organised by Literature Across Frontiers (LAF) – a European platform for literary exchange and translation based in the Mercator Institute at Aberystwyth University.

Literary curators, creators and translators as well as publishers and other industry professionals from across Europe and Asia are expected to attend the forum.

Alexandra Büchler, Director of LAF, had this to say:

“The forum is one of the highlights of the Literary Europe Live project which Literature Across Frontiers is co-ordinating as part of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and we are delighted to have a writer of Patrick’s calibre here with us.

Our focus will be on developing audiences for translated literature and by making Patrick’s lecture a public event, we also hope to reach out to the wider community here in Wales.”

Entry to the lecture is free, thanks to sponsorship from the Learned Society of Wales.

Ned Thomas, Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and President of the Mercator Institute, expressed his pride in the event:

“As a society, it is a pleasure and a privilege to support a lecture by such an eminent writer as Patrick McGuinness and all are welcome to join us to hear what I have no doubt will be a fascinating talk, with a special resonance in a small country.”

A Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Oxford University, Patrick McGuinness lives with his family in Caernarfon in North Wales.

The International Literature Forum is organised by Literature Across Frontiers as part of the Literary Europe Live project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, with support from Arts Council Wales and the Welsh Government through Creative Europe Desk UK – Wales.