Sjon at Bookworm Literary Festival
20:00 17th Mar / The Bookworm – Beijing
Poetry Across Borders: Readings from Liz Lochhead, Sjón, Xi Chuan and David Sullivan
Four internationally renowned poets will talk about and read from their collections of poetry. Including Xi Chuan is one of China's most influential contemporary poets and was a key contributor to the 'post-obscure' movement of Chinese poetry in the late 1980s. Iceland's prolific Sjón is an award winning poet and lyricist for Björk. Liz Lochhead is Scotland's official National Poet, or 'Makar', and for nearly 30 years has been one of the most prominent voices from a country of rich poetic tradition.
18:00 18th Mar / The Bookworm – Beijing
Sjón in Conversation
Iceland's multi-talented and prolific novelist, poet and song writer will talk to us about the inspiration he draws from traditional folk tales, the importance of the magical and surreal in contemporary literature and his experiences collaborating with Björk in music and film. Sjón will also speak of his attachment to the Icelandic language. Expect to hear wit and wisdom from this lyrical artist and deep thinker.
Sjón is an award-winning novelist, poet, and playwright, and his novels have been translated into 29 languages. His pen name is formed from his given name (Sigurjón), and means 'Sight'. In 2005 Sjón was awarded the The Nordic Council's Literature Prize for the novel Skugga-Baldur ('The Blue Fox'), which set him on course for his international breakthrough. Before that, he was perhaps best known in the English speaking world for writing the lyrics to several songs of the Icelandic singer Björk, including for her most recent project, Biophilia. He was nominated for an Oscar for the lyrics he cowrote (with Lars von Trier) for Dancer in the Dark. The Blue Fox will be published in simplified Chinese characters in February 2014 by Yilin Press making the book accessible to readers of the Chinese language. Previously, it has been published in Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, English, French and among others
About The Blue Fox:
Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter, an elusive, enigmatic fox leads a hunter on a transformative quest. At the edge of the hunter’s territory, a naturalist struggles to build a life for his charge, a young woman with Down syndrome whom he had rescued from a shipwreck years before. By the end of Sjón’s slender, spellbinding fable of a novel, none of their lives will be the same. Winner of the 2005 Nordic Council Literature Prize—the Nordic world’s highest literary honor—The Blue Fox is part mystery, part fairy tale, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talentPoetry