The Russian translation of Patricia’s novel James Miranda Barry has been awarded The Yasnaya Polyana Literary Prize 2020. One of Russia’s most prestigious awards for literature, it is presented by the Leo Tolstoy Museum Estate with Samsung Electronics and recognises outstanding works in the foreign fiction category.
View The Yasnaya Polyana website (available in English and Russian)
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“It is a magnificent novel”
“This novel is about three important things: the strength of the human spirit, the mystery of fate and the enigmatic English soul. The book describes the extraordinary resilience of the English character, commitment to fate and the chosen path. The novel is very picturesque and cinematic. Each of the characters seems to stand before our eyes.
“It goes to the highest psychological summit”
“I would compare the scenes described from the child`s point of view with the similar scenes written by Tolstoy”
16-17 December. King's College, London
A Conference on Women's Lives in Biographical Fiction and Film. Patricia will be a keynote speaker at the event.
Christina Flotmann-Scholz, Anna Lienen (Eds.)
‘Victorian’ is often used synonymously with ‘outdated’ today. However, some of the ideologies underlying contemporary social structures still seem to be heavily influenced by 19th-century thinking. The volume looks at Victorian and contemporary ‘texts’ to explore this ideological continuity. Apart from Neo-Victorian novellas, comics and TV series which openly take up Victorian concerns, the articles also foreground contemporary material less obviously ‘Victorian’, such as advertisements or the novels of the ‘black male underclass’.
At the same time the contributors show how texts from both eras can also contain ‘structures of feeling’ which contradict dominant Victorian ideologies. Topics discussed range from gender, class and ethnicity to questions of seriality, spatiality and spirituality–issues significant both during the Victorian period and after. The volume also features an interview with British author and academic Patricia Duncker on how the Victorians and Victorianism have shaped her life and writings.
29 March, 7:30pm. Literaturhaus Berlin (Li-Be)
Patricia will participate with other writers in this event on the eve of Brexit. On the theme of 'And Now What?' the readings, music and discussions will continue until midnight. A cooperation with the Humboldt University Berlin's Centre for British Studies, the University of Oxford's Faculty of English, Torch, the SAND Journal, and Deveron Projects
7-8 December, University of Geneva
Patricia will be a keynote speaker at the two day George Eliot colloquium hosted by the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
Sunday 2 September, BBC Radio
Patricia will be part of a discussion with Belinda Bauer on 'Sex and Death in Literature’. The event will be at Imperial College, London. An edited version will be broadcast during the evening's prom concert interval.
1-2 December, University of Zurich
Patricia will be talking about George Eliot and her novel Sophie and the Sibyl at the Celebrity Culture Workshop December 1st-2nd 2017, The English Seminar, The University of Zurich. She will be presenting her work alongside her colleagues, Professor Elisabeth Bronfen, Professor Mary Luckhurst and Dr Sandra Mayer.
21 November at the British Library, London
Patricia will be participating in a discussion chaired by novelist Michèle Roberts. Other guests are Eimear McBride and Leone Ross. Non-member tickets can be bought from the British Library website.
4 November at Wolfson College, Oxford
Patricia will be giving the keynote lecture for the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at this half-day colloquium. The programme and poster can be downloaded from the website.
17 October on BBC Radio 3 (at 22:45 then listen online)
Patricia will be talking about Death in Venice, the novella by Thomas Mann and the opera by Benjamin Britten. She uses operas in her own novels as metaphors which inform the meanings of her books. She has been in love with opera since her first visit to Covent Garden in 1975 when she heard Sir Peter Pears singing Aschenbach in Britten's Death in Venice.
Monday 16 - Friday 20 October 2017
In a special edition of The Essay, five individuals reflect on how they fell in love with opera for the first time. The contributors include journalist and writer Rachel Cooke and award-winning novelist Julian Barnes, who examines how he came to opera through the a bereavement. Actor David Threlfall (best known for portraying Frank Gallagher in the television series Shameless) and writer Garth Greenwell consider the impact of their experiences with the art form, the latter discussing how opera provided him with the "antidote" for his "training" in the ideals of masculinity he was taught growing up in Kentucky. Novelist Patricia Duncker explores the relationship between opera and the novel as art-forms.
7-12 August at Lumb Bank, West Yorkshire
Patricia will be tutor on this Arvon writing retreat. Co-tutored with Andrew Cowan and Guest Reader, Rose Tremain.
11-14 June at Paderborn University, Germany
Patricia will be visiting the University of Paderborn Germany to work with Professor Merle Tönnies' students on contemporary British Fiction.
31 March at the English Language Library in Angers, France
Patricia will be appearing at two events in the library, an informal talk in the morning followed by a discussion with a small group in the afternoon (limited places).
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