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Other Worlds

11-16 May 2015

Monday 11 May

The Bloody Chamber: Angela Carter and contemporary culture
Joint British Academy/British Library Sandwich Session
British Library, 1-1.30pm

In the first of our lunchtime talks with the British Library, author Michele Roberts and curator Rachel Foss explored the impact of Angela Carter and her retold fairy tales.

Into the Woods
Literature Week Launch Night
British Academy, 6-8pm

Author and critic Marina Warner was 'in conversation' with award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick to introduce the theme of fairy tales and folk tales. This event featured live storytelling from the Crick Crack Club.
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Tuesday 12 May

The Golden Age of Retelling
Panel Discussion
British Academy, 6-7.30pm

Bringing together the literary with the social sciences, journalist Julia Eccleshare chaired a discussion with Peter Brooks FBA, Sally Gardner, Nicholas Tucker and Jack Zipes to explore why we just can’t stop telling tales.
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Wednesday 13 May

Worlds in Translation
Joint British Academy/British Library Sandwich Session
British Library, 1-1.30pm

To celebrate European Literature Night 2015, academic and translator Jack Zipes spoke to curator Susan Reed about the art of translating fairy tales and folk tales.

Pin Drop with Lionel Shriver
Pin Drop at the British Academy
British Academy, 6-7.30pm

This was an evening of short story telling and discussion with award winning author Lionel Shriver as we welcomed PinDrop to the British Academy for the first time.


Thursday 14 May

Other Worlds... after dark
British Academy Late
British Academy, 6-9pm

We explored ‘Other Worlds’ with the Academy's first late night. Featuring pop up lectures, drop in sessions and live storytelling.


Friday 15 May

African Folklore and the Tales of Anansi
Joint British Academy/British Library Sandwich Session
British Library, 1-1.30pm

In our final lunchtime talk of Literature Week 2015, artist Nancy Campbell and curator Richard Price explored African folklore through the Anansi tales.

Pan's Labyrinth
Film Screening
Vue Piccadilly, London, 6-8.30pm

Film historian, curator and broadcaster Ian Christie hosted a special screening of Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth.


Saturday 16 May

Shakespeare Untold
Joint British Academy/Globe Education Performance
British Academy, 11am & 2pm

An exclusive performance of Globe Education’s reworking of Romeo and Juliet for their Shakespeare Untold Stories. 

Tales of London
Walking Tour
City of London, 2-5pm

In this walk we explored the secrets of London Bridge, met the Temple of Mithras and walked the sites of giants, ghosts and lost rivers in this walk specially created for British Academy Literature Week and led by the host of the London Fortean Society, Scott Wood.


Throughout the Week

Telling tales: the art of the illustrator
British Academy

An exhibition, in partnership with The Folio Society, explored the international nature of fairy tales and folk tales. It brought together for the first time, illustrations from the Folio Society’s collection travelled from China to Native America.


Once upon a time... today: tales for a modern London

To launch the theme of the British Academy's fourth biennial Literature Week the British Academy, in partnership with Londonist, asked Londoners to write new fairy tales for modern London. Following an overwhelming response, our judges picked the following top four stories....

  • Mud Man by Melaina Barnes
  • Waterloo Sunrise by James Clark
  • The Last Train by Rocío Bégué
  • The Fingernail Fairy by Tracy Kuhn

These stories were published in an exclusive Literature Week short story collection, available at all Literature Week events and published online on Londonist in the run up to Literature Week.


Find out more about British Academy Literature Week.