Live event: Nathalie Teitler, Cristina Bendek & Karina Lickorish Quinn

Date and time Fri, 13 May 2022, 19:00 BST

On leaving and returning: a FLAWA Festival conversation between two debut novelists and a literary activist who has been promoting diversity in the UK for over 20 years and is now working on her first novel. Join Nathalie Teitler, Cristina Bendek and Karina Lickorish Quinn talking to Silvia Rothlisberger about their fiction writing on leaving and returning.

Cristina Bendek is a Caribbean author, born on the island of San Andrés (Colombia) in October 1987. In 2018 her first novel, Salt Crystals, won the Elisa Mújica National Novel Prize (Colombia). The novel has been translated into Portuguese (Moinhos, 2021), and Danish (Aurora Boreal, 2020), and now appears in English translation for the first time with Charco Press, which will also launch the novel in Spanish for the North American readership. Some of her work has also been translated into German. Cristina is also a journalist but spends her time researching Caribbean literature and writing fiction. She lives in Berlin.

Dr Nathalie Teitler was born in Buenos Aires and did a PhD in Argentine poets. She has worked promoting inclusivity in British arts, especially literature for 25 years.  She is the Director of the Complete Works- an initiative that had a significant impact on the landscape of British poetry. She is also the founding Director, along with poet Leo Boix, of Nuevo Sol, an organisation developing British Latinx writers and building links with Latinx & Latin American writers around the world. She is working on her first novel, exploring gender, colonialism & race that is set in the tango scene of Buenos Aires in 1900.

Karina Lickorish Quinn is a Peruvian-British writer and a lecturer at the University of Leeds. Her short prose has been published widely including in Wasafiri, The Offing, Palabritas, and the Journal of Latina Critical Feminism. She was featured in Un Nuevo Sol, the first major anthology of British-Latinx writers. Her debut novel The Dust Never Settles (Oneworld, 2021) examines the legacy of colonialism in Peru. It will be published in Spanish as El Polvo Nunca se Asienta by Editorial Arde in May 2022. Karina is working on her second novel and a short story collection. She is represented by Seren Adams at United Agents.

Location

Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road – London E1 6LA

Date and time Fri, 13 May 2022, 19:00 BST

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/literary-talk-leaving-and-returning-tickets-299090677267

Podcast: Italian author & literary translator Claudia Durastanti

Claudia Durastanti is based in Rome, she has written four novels in Italian. She is co-founder of the Italian Literature Festival in London and is on the board of the Turin Book Fair. She is the Italian translator of Joshua Cohen, Donna Haraway, Ocean Vuong, and the most recent edition of The Great Gatsby. Two of Claudia’s novels have been translated into English: Cleopatra Goes to Prison, translated by Christine Donougher, and Strangers I Know translated by Elizabeth Harris.

Strangers I Know is Claudia’s fourth novel and the second one translated into English. A finalist for the Premio Strega in 2019, Strangers I Know has been translated into twenty-one languages. It is a first-person account of an unconventional family. Where Both parents are deaf and have no sign language in common – which allows communications to be rife with misinterpretations. The narrator comes of age in this strange, and increasingly estranged, household split between a small village in southern Italy and New York City. Strangers I Know is a profound portrait of an unconventional family that makes us look anew at how language shapes our understanding of ourselves.

Strangers I know is a novel, based on Claudia’s own family history. It is part autobiography, part mythology, part essay.

Video: Andrea Jeftanovic and Karina Lickorish Quinn in Conversation

This talk was recorded during the London Spanish Book Fair

Chilean author Andrea Jeftanovic and Peruvian-British author Karina Lickorish talk about their debut novels Theatre of War (translated by Frances Riddle, Charco Press 2020) and The Dust Never Settles (Oneworld Publications 2021).

“A debut novel is a piece of the writer’s soul in a way that subsequent books can’t ever be” wrote authorAyana Mathis. In this talk Jeftanovic and Lickorish explore how their debut novels came into being, from the history of their countries to the ghosts of their past and the overlapping themes that connect them: memory, trauma, spectrality, the intersection of the domestic and the political.

Karina Lickorish Quinn is a Peruvian-British writer and a lecturer at the University of Leeds. Her short prose has been published widely including in Wasafiri, The Offing, Palabritas, and the Journal of Latina Critical Feminism. She was featured in Un Nuevo Sol, the first major anthology of British-Latinx writers. Her debut novel The Dust Never Settles will be published by Oneworld Publications in October 2021 and in Spanish as El Polvo Nunca se Asienta by Editorial Arde in 2022. Karina is represented by Seren Adams at United Agents. 

Andrea Jeftanovic is a Chilean writer. Born in Santiago in 1970, she is the author of the novels Escenario de Guerra (2000) and Geografía de la lengua (Love in a Foreign Language, 2007), and of two volumes of short stories: No aceptes caramelos de extraños (Don’t Take Candy from Strangers, 2013) and Destinos errantes (2016). Of Jewish and Serbian ancestry, Jeftanovic grew up among three religions – Russian Orthodox, Catholic and Jewish. She studied sociology at the Catholic University in Santiago de Chile and in 2005 she finished a PhD in Latin American Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Dust Never Settles by Karina Lickorish Quinn
Theatre of War by Andrea Jeftanovic (translated from Spanish by Frances Riddle)

Podcast: Literary translator Sophie Hughes

Sophie Hughes has translated such Latin American writers as Alia Trabucco Zerán, Laia Jufresa, Brenda Navarro, Guadalupe Nettel, and Fernanda Melchor. She is the recipient of grants from PEN/Heim in the US, and the Arts Council and Arts Foundation in the UK. Her recent translation of Fernanda Melchor’s Hurricane Season was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, the Dublin Literary Award, and longlisted for the National Book Award in Translation and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. 

Sophie has also worked with the Stephen Spender Trust promoting translation in schools and is the co-editor of the anthology Europa28: Writing by Women on the Future of Europe.

Podcast: Literary translator and author Jennifer Croft

Jennifer Croft is a translator, author and literary critic who works from Polish and Argentine Spanish. She was awarded the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of Flights written by Olga Tokarczuk. Croft’s recent translations are a Perfect Cemetery by Federico Falco (Charco Press), and The Woman from Uruguay by Pedro Mairal She is the author of the memoir Homesick, the novel in Spanish Serpientes y EScaleras ; the forthcoming novels Amadou, Fidelity and a book-length essay about Postcards.

Sound engineer: Oscar Perez.

Podcast: translator and author Jessica Sequeira

Jessica Sequeira is the author of A Furious Oyster (Dostoyevsky Wannabe), the collection of stories Rhombus and Oval (What Books), the collection of essays Other Paradises: Poetic Approaches to Thinking in a Technological Age (Zero), and her most recent book A Luminous History of the Palm (Sublunary Editions). Jessica has translated poetry and prose by Latin American authors, both contemporaries as well as figures such as Winétt de Rokha, Sara Gallardo, and Teresa Wilms Montt. Most recently she translated a biography of the Chilean artist Delia del Carril Iraeta. Jessica is associate editor of Sublunary editions and is currently doing a PhD at the Centre of Latin American Studies, in Cambridge, on literary exchanges between Latin America and India.

Mentioned in this episode:

Books:

Music:

Harry Beckett

Los Tetas

Miss Garrison

Sound engineer: Oscar Perez.

Literary South’s On Translation series

After almost five years of interviewing authors from Latin America, Literary South is exploring a new direction to talk about literature in translation. Many of the authors that have been featured in the show are also translators and Latin American authors writing in Spanish can access English-speaking readers, and important literary prizes, thanks to the translations of their work.

That’s why Literary South wants to explore translation as an art and as a powerful tool to diversify the stories we read. The first three guests of 2021:

February: translator, author and editor Jessica Sequeira.

Jessica Sequeira is a writer, literary translator and PhD candidate at the Centre of Latin American Studies, based in Cambridge (UK) and Santiago (Chile). Sequeira has translated authors like Carlos Fonseca, Osvaldo Lamborghini, Liliana Colanzi to name a few. She is the author of A Luminous History of the Palm (Sublunary editions), A Furious Oyster, a novel (Dostoyevsky Wannabe), Rhombus and Oval, a collection of stories (What Books Press), Other Paradises, a collection of essays (Zero Books).

March: translator and author Jennifer Croft

Jennifer Croft is an American author, critic and translator who works from Polish, Ukrainian and Spanish. Croft is the author of the memoir Homesick (Unnamed Press) With the author Olga Tokarczuk, she was awarded the 2018 Booker International Prize for her translation of Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions).

April : Translator and editor Eric M B Becker

Eric M. B. Becker is a writer, literary translator, and editor of Words without Borders. In 2014, he earned a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for his translation of a collection of short stories from the Portuguese by Neustadt Prize for International Literature winner and 2015 Man Booker International Finalist Mia Couto (now available from Biblioasis as Rain and Other Stories). He has also published translations of numerous writers from Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa, including, Noemi Jaffe, Elvira Vigna, Paulo Scott, Martha Batalha, Paulo Coelho, and Carlos Drummond de Andrade. Current book projects include work by Djaimila Pereira de Almeida, Alice Sant’Anna, Fernanda Torres, and Lygia Fagundes Telles (NEA Fellowship 2019), among others.