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Hans Christian Andersen Events

This virtual exhibition was created to accompany a display in the Library's galleries between 20 May and 2 October 2005. The following events took place during that period.

Wednesday 15 June 2005, 18.30-20.00
Kristian Jensen
Hans Christian Andersen: the Art of Being Excluded
in the Conference Centre

Image of Kristian JensenIn this talk exhibition curator Kristian Jensen explores the favourite Romantic themes of rejection and exclusion in Andersen's work as a reflection of the writer's own life and his perception of himself as an outsider.

Kristian Jensen is Head of Early Printed Collections at the British Library, and co-curator of the Library's 'Hans Christian Andersen' exhibition.

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Thursday 16 June 2005, 18.15-18.45
Kristian Jensen
Self Portraits?
in the Pearson Gallery

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Monday 20 June 2005, 18.30-20.00
Sandi Toksvig and Julia Eccleshare
Chaired by Peter Florence
Classic Book Discussion: Hans Christian Andersen Fairytales
in the Conference Centre

The Snow Queen, The Nightingale, The Ugly Ducking, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and The Little Mermaid come under the spotlight. While they appear to have the quality of stories rooted in centuries of peasant tradition, Andersen was in fact inventing something new - the literary fairy story - drawn from his own life and imagination.

There will be an opportunity to put your questions to the panel.

Peter Florence is Director of The Orange Word.
Sandi Toksvig is an author, journalist and broadcaster, and is a Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Ambassador
Julia Eccleshare is an author and Children's Book Editor of The Guardian .

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Monday 27 June 2005, 18.30-19.40
Anna Carteret and Tim Heath
The Little Match Girl: a Musical Story
in the Conference Centre

This musical version of Andersen's story, with enchanting and witty songs and a pair of singing toys, will move and delight an audience of all ages - both the young and the young at heart!

Adapted and directed by Tim Heath and narrated by Anna Carteret.

Anna Carteret is well known for her appearances in Peak Practice, Juliet Bravo and The Pallisers. Her leading roles for the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway include an acclaimed Mrs Cheveley in An Ideal Husband.

Tim Heath returns to perform at the British Library where his past popular musical productions have included Noel Coward's Not Yet The Dodo and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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Tuesday 28 June 2005, 18.30-20.00
Penelope Lively, Julia Eccleshare and Francis Spufford
A Fine Line: Writing for Children and Adults
in the Conference Centre

From the fairytales of Andersen to the Harry Potter phenomenon, the panel will discuss authors whose works are read by both adults and children. Does the writing differ from work aimed at one or the other?

Penelope Lively is an award-winning author of books for adults and young people.
Julia Eccleshare is an author and Children's Book Editor of The Guardian.
Francis Spufford is the award-winning author of The Child that Books Built, A Life in Reading and Backroom Boys.

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Tuesday 5 July 2005, 18.30-20.00
Neil Philip
It's me the story is about: Hans Christian Andersen and the Fairytale
in the Conference Centre

Image of Neil PhilipUnlike traditional storytellers, Andersen used the fairy tale to encode his own life whether the story is ostensibly about a snowman, a shirt collar, or a philosopher whose cynical shadow takes on a life of its own. Neil Phillip also explores Andersen's debt to the Danish folktale, compare him with other fairy-tale writers and discuss his influence on authors such as Dickens, Oscar Wilde, and Vladimir Nabokov.

Neil Philip is a writer and folklorist with a particular interest in mythology and storytelling. He has edited more than a dozen anthologies and books for children, including The Penguin Book of English Folktales.

Wednesday 6 July 2005, 18.30-20.00
Sandi Toksvig
A Danegeld? - Our Debt to a Great Dane
in the Conference Centre

Sandi Toksvig has strong connections with Hans Christian Andersen - her great aunt published a definitive biography of him and his stories were among the first Sandi read as child. No stranger to controversy, Sandi will talk this evening about her own trials and triumphs of storytelling for publication and for after- dinner; for adults and for children.

Sandi Toksvig became a household name after appearing on children's games shows and Call My Bluff . A life-long traveller, she is now guest presenter on BBC Radio 4's Excess Baggage. She has published many children's books as well as two adult novels

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 18.30- 20.00
Paul Binding
Hans Christian Andersen: the Gay Imagination
in the Conference Centre

Image of Paul BindingPaul Binding argues that Andersen's sexuality is not merely reflected in his art but constitutes one of its most recurrent and dominant themes. This talk will place him in the company of other major writers who coped with gay desire and its accommodation in a largely unsympathetic or hostile society.

Paul Binding is a novelist, critic, cultural historian and poet with a particular interest in the Nordic countries where he has spent much time and about which he writes frequently for newspapers and journals. His concern for the relationship between gay sexuality and the creative arts led to his close involvement with the Gay Men's Press.

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Wednesday 20 July 2005, 18.30
Running time 119 minutes
The Young Andersen (Unge Andersen)
Film in Danish with English subtitles
Director Rumle Hammerich
in the Conference Centre

Image from The Young Andersen (Unge Andersen)A powerful modern film narrative set in a historical framework, about the crucial encounter between vulnerable 18-year-old Hans Christian Andersen, who rates himself so highly, and Mr Meisling, the cynical school principal: an encounter that fundamentally transforms the young man's life.

Rated PG - not suitable for young children.

Rumle Hammerich
Born 1954, Denmark, Hammerich studied film in the US and later at the National Film School of Denmark. He has directed several TV dramas and series in Sweden and Denmark. Unge Andersen is his third feature film.

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Thursday 21 July 2005, 18.15-18.45
Morna Daniels
Andersen and the Theatre
in the Pearson Gallery

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Tuesday 26 July, 2005, 18.30-20.00
Jonathan Rée
Søren Kierkegaard and the Emperor's Other Clothes
in the Conference Centre

Image of Jonathan RéeThe only Danish writer whose fame rivals that of Hans Christian Andersen is Søren Kierkegaard. They were well known to each other, though their relations were not particularly cordial. Yet Kierkegaard's use of humour, irony and fabulation to expose the vanity of human wishes brings him rather closer to Andersen than one might expect.

Jonathan Rée is a writer and philosopher and co-editor of The Kierkegaard Reader.

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Monday 8 August 2005, 18.30-19.45
Marina Warner
Eyes like Carbuncles: the Spell of Fairytale Now
in the Conference Centre
followed by a reception

Image of Marine WarnerMarina Warner will consider how Andersen's stories illuminate recent developments of 'crossover' fairytale fiction and popular entertainment. With special emphasis on the border between other, spirit worlds and this world, between the fantastic and the real, the animate and inanimate, she will ask why writers increasingly turn to this way of storytelling.

Marina Warner is a prize-winning novelist and mythographer.

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Free to Hans Christian Andersen Conference attendees (see below)

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Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875); a celebration and reappraisal
A Conference
Monday 8 - Wednesday 10 August 2005
in the Conference Centre

Organised by the British Library in association with the University of Newcastle and the Institute of English Studies at the University of London.

Specialists from around the world explore this enigmatic and contradictory character, offering valuable background and new perspectives on Andersen's life and work.

Speakers include Marina Warner novelist, mythographer and critic; Maria Tatar Harvard College Professor and John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures; Johan de Mylius Director of the Hans Christian Andersen Research Centre in Copenhagen; Ruth Bottigheimer State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Who should attend? Academics, teachers, librarians and other professionals involved in introducing Andersen to the public.

Price Register before 7 July 2005 - £50.00 (£25.00 concessions); £60.00 (£30.00 concessions) after that date. Price includes morning and afternoon refreshments.

To book : Joanne Grubb at the Institute for English Studies
Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8675
Email: ies@sas.ac.uk
www.sas.ac.uk/ies/hca/

Wednesday 14 September 2005, 18.15-18.45
Elizabeth James
Andersen and Charles Dickens
in the Pearson Gallery

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Wednesday 21 September 2005, 18.30-20.00
Michael Morpurgo
Stories? Who needs them? Andersen to Wilde to Morpurgo
in the Conference Centre

Michael believes that stories enable us to discover that we're not alone in the world. They allow us to travel to places we've never been, meet people we've never met, be someone we've never been. And all the while, as we go on these great adventures, our horizons widen and we live more deeply, if not necessarily more comfortably.

Michael Morpurgo was Children's Laureate from 2003 to 2005. He has had a lifetime of involvement with children, as a writer of some 60 books, as a teacher, as a father and grandfather and as the founder with his wife of 'Farms for City Children'.

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Tuesday 27 September 2005, 18.30-20.00
Ian Beck
Illustrating Andersen
in the Conference Centre

Image of Ian BeckIan's talk will focus on the creation of his recent picture book The Little Mermaid freely adapted from the Hans Andersen original. It will illustrate the process from beginning to end - from rough workings, visuals, pictures that went wrong, why certain decisions are made regarding text and pictures, to the design and printing process. He will also talk about how the intended audience and their expectations of story outcomes/ Disney etc.

Ian Beck is a popular illustrator of children's books and his work appears frequently in magazines and advertisements. He was commissioned to produce an illustration for the British Library/Folio Society's Complete Stories: Hans Christian Andersen . His own version of The Little Mermaid will be published in the autumn by Random House.

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Wednesday 28 September 2005, 18.15-18.45
Barbara Hawes
From Ugly Duckling to Swan
in the Pearson Gallery

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