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This is Private: UK Drill And Grime - What's The Problem?

10/5/2018
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How is music that reflects the lives of marginalised youths on inner-city estates treated in the UK? “This is how it’s been from the beginning, it’s just that everyone is hearing about it now.” South London rapper Giggs spoke out in 2010 about the forced cancellations of his shows by the Met Police using the risk assessment Form 696. 8 years later, Form 696 has been scrapped, yet UK drill groups are being banned from YouTube and in some cases prohibited from making music without police...

Duration:01:40:55

Splithead and other thoughts on Europe with Julya Rabinowich

9/13/2016
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On 12 September 2016, Austrian author Julya Rabinowich joined us at Free Word Centre to read from her novel 'Splithead' - translated by Tess Lewis - and share her thoughts on Europe. Splithead is a tale of what happens when East meets West for one family. It is a novel about exile, new departures and dead ends. Julya was joined in conversation by Dr Áine McMurtry, lecturer in German at King’s College London. Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World is a monthly event series at Free...

Duration:01:03:29

Wordsmiths: Yeonmi Park

7/29/2016
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Yeonmi Park, a human rights activist originally from North Korea, talked to us about her favourite word: 'love'.

Duration:00:03:56

Stories of Each Other: Do We Care?

7/28/2016
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On 22 June 2016, Free Word, in association with Counterpoints Arts and Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, presented a read-a-thon and panel discussion with writers, poets and newly arrived communities. For a full list of speakers and to see videos from this event, visit our blog: https://www.freewordcentre.com/explore/watch-refugee-week-stories This event was part of Refugee Week 2016 as well as Unravelling Europe: https://www.freewordcentre.com/explore/projects/unravelling-europe

Duration:02:55:47

Illiberal Democracy: The Future of Freedom

7/25/2016
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On 15 June 2016, Free Word, in partnership with Index on Censorship, presented a panel discussion on the future of freedom in Europe with cultural figures from Hungary, Poland and Turkey. This event featured philosopher Agnes Heller (Hungary); novelist Elif Shafak (Turkey), who has written on Europe for Free Word and writes for the Guardian on the political situation in Turkey; and poet Adam Zagajewski (Poland), author of ‘A defence of ardour’. The event also featured a performance by Alix...

Duration:01:32:24

An Ode to Storytelling: Translating The Book of Pearl

7/25/2016
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On 13 June 2016, Walker Books presented the imaginative adventure story 'The Book of Pearl' at Free Word Centre. We welcomed its internationally acclaimed author, Timothée de Fombelle, who was in conversation with his translators Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon to discuss his journey in creating the story, and theirs in bringing it to life in English. This event was chaired by Joy Court. Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World is a monthly event series at Free Word. To explore...

Duration:01:06:48

Translating Scent

7/19/2016
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How can we translate scent into words and vice versa? Our Translator in Residence, Marta Dziurosz, hosted this fragrant evening all about the most elusive sense. Participants also had the chance to try their hand at a spot of creative writing; we provided fragrant substances to inspire them to “translate” these scents into prose or poetry.

Duration:01:26:54

Do You Miss Your Country?

7/19/2016
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On 19 May 2016, Free Word welcomed Polish visual artist Monika Szydłowska to talk about her new comic collection 'Do You Miss Your Country?' that evokes a whole spectrum of the immigrant experience. Monika was joined in conversation by Sarah Lightman, an artist, writer and curator, and co-founder and co-director of the Laydeez do comics collective.

Duration:01:03:20

Weatherfronts 2016 - Day 2

7/12/2016
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Across 14 - 15 May 2016, TippingPoint and Free Word brought together writers and climate change experts to explore one of the most politically relevant and urgent issues of our time. This recording provides audio from the second day of the event. Weatherfronts is part of Living Dangerously: https://www.freewordcentre.com/explore/themes/living-dangerously-stories-of-climate-change

Duration:01:05:29

Weatherfronts 2016 - Day 1

7/12/2016
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Across 14 - 15 May 2016, TippingPoint and Free Word brought together writers and climate change experts to explore one of the most politically relevant and urgent issues of our time. This recording provides audio from the first day of the event. Weatherfronts is part of Living Dangerously: https://www.freewordcentre.com/explore/themes/living-dangerously-stories-of-climate-change

Duration:02:46:11

Adventure Stories for a Wild World

6/28/2016
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On 8 June 2016, we welcomed award-winning Jamaican writer Diana McCaulay to talk about her new book 'Gone to Drift', a powerful story of one boy’s discoveries about the planet we call home. Diana was in conversation with Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize winner Piers Torday, author of 'The Last Wild Trilogy'. How do you tell stories that draw children into an understanding of the threatened planet we inhabit? How do you engage as you educate and empower? Diana and Piers discussed the...

Duration:01:19:14

Wordsmiths: Fariba Hachtroudi

6/27/2016
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Fariba Hachtroudi, a writer, former journalist, and civil rights activist, talked to us about her favourite word: 'conviction'.

Duration:00:06:22

Love and Revolution: Fariba Hachtroudi in conversation with Alex Preston

6/27/2016
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On 9 May 2016, we welcomed French-Iranian journalist and civil rights activist, Fariba Hachtroudi, to Free Word Centre to discuss her novel 'The Man Who Snapped His Fingers'. Fariba was joined in conversation by award-winning author, Alex Preston, for a discussion on power, memory, and the way books can help us build bridges across cultures. Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World is a monthly event series at Free Word. To explore the Wanderlust events we’ve held so far and read...

Duration:00:59:47

Winning the War on Words

6/24/2016
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On 4 May 2016, Quilliam Foundation, in collaboration with Free Word, presented an evening of rhyming, rapping and rhythm about radicalisation, race, Islamic State, integration, stereotypes and the story of us. This event featured performances from Anthony Anaxagorou, Joelle Taylor, Adam Kammerling and Kareem Parkins-Brown. Rafiq Richards provided comedy, and the evening was compered by Moj Taylor. Part of Unravelling Europe: http://buff.ly/28PQUk3

Duration:01:50:34

Wordsmiths: Alisa Ganieva

5/4/2016
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Alisa Ganieva, a Russian writer and journalist, talked to us about some of her favourite English words.

Duration:00:05:10

Alisa Ganieva: Challenging the Russian Narrative

4/20/2016
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On 14 April 2016, Russian writer and journalist, Alisa Ganieva, spoke at Free Word Centre on Russian ethnic tensions, gender roles and the current state of Russia. Ganieva was in conversation with Imtiaz Dharker, a poet, artist and documentary filmmaker, and the event was chaired by BBC journalist Kirsty Lang. This event was part of our series, 'Unravelling Europe': https://www.freewordcentre.com/projects/unravelling-europe

Duration:01:00:46

Wordsmiths: Malu Halasa

4/14/2016
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Malu Halasa, a writer and editor, talked to us about her favourite word: 'engaged'.

Duration:00:15:00

Wordsmiths: Paola Buonadonna

4/14/2016
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Paola Buonadonna, Campaigns Director at The Wake Up Foundation, talked to us about two of her favourite words: 'azzurro' and 'citizen'.

Duration:00:11:05

Wordsmiths: Deborah Smith

4/14/2016
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Deborah Smith, a translator who translates from Korean, talked to us about her favourite words, 'yeosu' (Korean) and 'soporific'.

Duration:00:13:11

Wordsmiths: Roger Cockrell

4/14/2016
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Roger Cockrell, a literary translator and former Head of Russian at Exeter University, talked to us about his favourite word, 'resonance'.

Duration:00:09:33