Evenings of literature, conversation, dinner and wine.
‘A combination of fringe theatre, psychiatrist’s couch, conversazione society and flirtation parlour, the Peirene salon is unlike any other literary gathering. It was intellectually stimulating but full of laughter, argumentative but friendly, seriously focussed on the Novel but without forgetting the Wine. And Meike Ziervogel — gracious, beautiful and just slightly wicked — is the best salonniere since Madame Geoffrin in 18th century Paris.’ John Walsh, The Independent
15th September 2018: Guđmundur Andri Thorsson, author of Peirene No. 27 And The Wind Sees All
On a summer’s day a young woman in a polka-dot dress cycles down the main street of an Icelandic fishing village. Her name is Kata and she is the choir conductor. As she passes, we glimpse the members of the village: a priest with a gambling habit, an old brother and sister who have not talked for years and a sea captain who has lost his son. But perhaps the most interesting story of all belongs to the young woman on the bicycle. Why is she reticent to talk about her past?
Guđmundur Andri Thorsson was born in 1957 in Reykjavik. He works as a writer, translator, editor and newspaper columnist and has published ten books, including four novels. The Wind Sees All was nominated for The Nordic Council Literary Prize 2012 and chosen as one of the fifty best books published in Denmark in 2014. It is Thorsson’s first time to be translated into English.
Guđmundur will be in conversation with his two translators, Andrew Cauthery and Björg Árnadóttir.
Doors open at 7.30pm. The evening starts with drinks, and the reading will commence at 8.15pm, followed by dinner and wine. Whiskey and coffee are served at 11pm.
Tickets for each salon: £15 for Peirene 2016 subscribers, £25for non-Peirene subscribers.
We’re also offering an Under-25s ticket for this salon, at £15.
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Please note, we can not offer refunds for non-attendance or cancelled tickets.
Further 2018 Salons:
1st December 2018: Peirene Now! Commission No 3, Shatila Stories. With Suhir Helal, Editor. Meike Ziervogel, Publisher. Paul Romans, photographer. And hopefully a couple of the authors (if we’re able to secure the visas).
Peirene’s 2018 commission, Shatila Stories, tells a single narrative of the Shatila refugee camp, written by nine Syrian and Palistinian refugees.
There is a girl whose father wants to pay for a debt at the grocer’s by marrying her off, a man whose best friend is killed by the low hanging electric cables in the camp, a Palestinian boy who has a visa to travel to Canada but with a grandmother who stands in his way, and a young woman who falls in love with a freedom fighter.
Meike and Suhir travelled to the camp in 2017 to run creative writing workshops, while Paul Romans accompanied them to take photograhs. The writers, all of whom live in the camp, will join us if it possible to secure visas for them to journey to the UK.