Kerstin Hensel and Jen Calleja

Kerstin Hensel and Jen Calleja
23 May 2018, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Gordon Room, G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This Encounter focuses on Kerstin Hensel's narration Tanz am Kanal (1997) and Jen Calleja's translation, published earlier this year as Dance by the Canal by Peirene Press. Dance by the Canal tells the story of a woman who fails to find her place in society - neither in communist GDR nor in the capitalist west. Her refusal to conform to the patriarchal structures of both societies forces her into ever-increasing isolation.

Kerstin Hensel was born in 1961 in Karl-Marx-Stadt in former East Germany and studied in Leipzig. She has published over 30 books: novels, short story collections, poetry and plays. She has won numerous prizes, including the Anna Seghers-Preis as well as the Lessing prize for her entire body of work.

Jen Calleja is a literary translator from German into English, a writer, editor and musician. She was recently Translator-in-Residence at the British Library.

This event is sponsored by the Keith Spalding Bequest Fund

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