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Saturday, April 8th 2006 : "Bloody foreigners"

We had a great evening with three European crime writers and two translators in the magnificent Lit and Phil on Thursday night. It was the final gig in the Bloody Foreigners tour. The Lit and Phil Library is in Newcastle, not very far from the station and if you get a chance to visit you should, even if just to see the ladies room.

The evening was sold out. It was fascinating to get some insight into the proccupations of the authors and to see how much effort the translators put into getting the voice of the writer. And how easily it can go horribly wrong. Gianrico Carofiglio is a criminal prosecutor and confident and accomplished speaker, even in English. Dominique Manotti and Matti Joensuu understood and spoke a little Englsih but had their translators with them and that added to the texture of the evening.

Thanks to Kay from the Lit and Phil for hosting the night and to everyone who came along to support the tour.

The Kirklees InterCrime project is now officially at an end. We celebrated its completion with 3 events, one in Huddersfield, one in Cleckheaton and one in Holmfirth. The Holmfirth evening featured Italian writers - Gianrico again, Lucarelli and Camilleri. A local Amateur Dramatic Society provided actors to read from the books, there was antipasti, wine and pizza. A brilliant night.

The books will now circulate, with our promotional material round the other Kirklees branch libraries.

Posted by Ann at 02:03 PM GMT

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