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The WG Sebald Lecture: AL Kennedy

AL Kennedy on translating human experience across the inevitable boundaries between individuals.

Award-winning writer and performer AL Kennedy gives the annual Sebald Lecture on an aspect of literature in translation. She explores translating human experience across the inevitable boundaries between individuals and considers the forces in play which make that more and less possible.

AL Kennedy was born in Dundee in 1965. She is the author of 15 books. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her latest book All the Rage – a collection of short stories – was published by Jonathan Cape in spring 2014. She is also a dramatist of the stage, radio, TV and film. She writes for a number of UK and overseas publications and has a blog with The Guardian Online.

Presented in association BCL, Britain’s leading centre for the development, promotion and support of literary translation. The Sebald Lecture is named after WG Sebald who set up BCLT in 1989. Known as ‘Max’, he was a German writer who opted to live in the UK and continue writing in German. His novels and essays include The Rings of Saturn, Austerlitz, and On the Natural History of Destruction which established him as a leading writer of the 20th century.


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Date and Time:

16 February 2015 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



British Library
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