A discussion of language and its place in human identity with Diego Marani, novelist, essayist, translator and creator of ‘Europanto’, a language without rules; poet Martin Harrison, whose latest collection Living Things looks at what crosses over between languages in translation; Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of the autobiographical novel My Struggle; and chair Sue Woolfe, whose latest novel The Oldest Song in The World looks at Indigenous Australian languages.
Diego Marani (International)
Diego Marani was born in Ferrara, Italy, in 1959. He has worked as a translator at the Council of Ministers of the European Union and as a policy officer for the European Commission and has written several novels, collections of essays and short stories. Diego's earlier novel, New Finnish Grammar, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award and the Best Translated Book Award. The Last of the Vostyachs is Diego's second novel to appear in English.
Sue Woolfe is the author of four novels, including the internationally acclaimed Leaning Towards Infinity, which won the Christina Stead Award, the Asia-Pacific Region section of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Tip Tree prize in the US. Her first novel, Painted Woman, was also nominated for the Commonwealth Prize. She has adapted both novels for ABC radio, for the professional stage, and Leaning Towards Infinity has been optioned for a film in the US. Her third novel, The Secret Cure, is currently being adapted for an opera and her fourth novel The Oldest Song in the World was published in 2012. Sue teaches Creative Writing at the University of Sydney, and is the author of The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: a Novelist looks at Neuroscience and Creativity and, with Kate Grenville, Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written. suewoolfe.com.au
Karl Ove Knausgaard's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win The Norwegian Critics' Prize, and his second novel, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, received the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears. His latest book, A Man in Love, is the second in the My Struggle series.
Supported by Norwegian Literature Abroad, Fiction and Non-Fiction (NORLA)