Joseph Conrad Study Day

Joseph Conrad Study Day

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Explore the life and work of the great novelist

This study day considers Conrad’s career as a novelist and his contribution to British culture in the year that has been designated ‘Joseph Conrad Year’ in Poland. Joseph Conrad, probably now best known as the author of Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent, was born in 1857 at a time when Poland had been divided between Austria, Prussia and Russia. He first came to Britain in 1878 as an apprentice on a British steamer. He spent the next sixteen years in the British Merchant Navy before beginning his career as a novelist with Almayer’s Folly

Professor Robert Hampson initiates an afternoon of expert discussion with a lecture on Conrad as ‘England’s Polish Genius’.  This is followed by the first of two panels which explores ‘Joseph Conrad and London’ with Dr Hugh Epstein (‘Conrad’s Vision of London’), Dr Patricia Pye (‘Listening to London: the sound of Conrad’s city’) and Dr Mary Burgoyne (‘Homecoming: Joseph Conrad and the Great War’).

In the final part of the day, take a look at Joseph Conrad and contemporary fiction reflecting on Conrad’s place in relation to contemporary British and Polish fiction. This second panel includes Giles Foden, prize-winning author of The Last King of ScotlandTurbulence and other works, Professor Laurence Davies, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow and editor of The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, and Dr Agnes Adamowicz-Pośpiech, Associate Professor of English Literature and Translation Studies, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland.

In association with the British Council, the Joseph Conrad Society (UK) and the Polish Cultural Institute

Please stay for an extra 15 minutes at the end of the day to celebrate the 2017 Found In Translation Award Ceremony (included in your ticket).

2017 Found In Translation Award Ceremony, 17.30 – 17.45

Polish Book Institute, Polish Cultural Institute in London, Polish Institute in New Delhi, and Polish Cultural Institute New York are delighted to present Piotr Florczyk with the 2017 Found in Translation Award for his translation of Building the Barricade by Anna Świrszczyńska, published in 2016 by Tavern Books. Piotr Florczyk is a poet, essayist, and translator of poetry by Dariusz Sośnicki, Julian Kornhouser, and Wojciech Bonowicz, among others. He lives in Santa Monica.

Previously awarded: Bill Johnston (twice), Ursula Phillips, Philip Boehm, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (twice), Danuta Borchardt, Clare Cavanagh, Stanislaw Baranczak and Joanna Trzeciak. 


Name: Joseph Conrad Study Day
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £15.00
Member: £10.00
Senior 60+: £12.00
Student: £10.00
Registered Unemployed: £10.00
Under 18: £10.00
Friend of the BL: £10.00
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