Conradology: An Evening in Celebration of Joseph Conrad at Waterstones Gower St.

5 Dec 2017 - 6.30PM - 6.00

Polish-British Joseph Conrad is regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. To celebrate his work, as well as his profound understanding of ever-current issues,Conradology  explores his enduring relevance in both countries, bringing together the themes that shaped his life and work - the sea, colonialism, war, travel -- in conceptual essays, near futuristic tales and new journeys through the heart of darkness, cementing Conrad's reputation as a true citizen of the world. 

Join us for an evening of stories with very special guests, Polish authors Grazyna Plebanek (acclaimed novelist and author of Illegal Liaisons), Wojciech Orlinkski (journalist, writer, and blogger) and a British contributor (TBC), with a discussion chaired by Robert Hampson, Chair of the Conrad society and internationally renowned Conrad scholar.

Grazyna Plebanek  is the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling novels Pudełko ze szpilkami (‘Box of Stilettos’, 2002), Dziewczyny z Portofino (‘Girls from Portofino’, 2005) and Przystupa (‘A Girl Called Przystupa’, 2007). Plebanek’s latest novel Illegal Liaisons (Nielegalne związki, 2010) sold 27,000 copies in Poland and is her first novel translated into English. 

Wojciech Orlinski was born in Warsaw, Poland. He trained as a chemist but has devoted most of his professional life to writing about science fiction, as a journalist, writer, and blogger. Since 1997, he is a regular columnist for Gazeta Wyborcza. He has published science fiction stories and opinion pieces in Nowa Fantastyka, and his books include What Are Sepulki? All About Lem (2010) and America Does Not Exist (2010). 

Professor Robert Hampson FEA, FRSA has an international reputation as a Conrad scholar and critic. His books on Conrad include Joseph Conrad: Betrayal and IdentityCross-Cultural Encounters in Joseph Conrad's Malay Fiction and Conrad's Secrets. He has also edited various works by Conrad and was the editor of The Conradian. He has recently co-edited Conrad and Language with Katherine Baxter. In January 2015, he was elected Chair of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK). 

Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute London.



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