Postcards from the International Authors Forum
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How does the work authors are doing in different parts of the world overcome differences in times, places and politics? And what are some of the instances of those distances and differences? Writers, photographers and artists presented their work in order to answer these questions in this visual exhibition and panel discussion, which also highlighted how an author’s human, economic and moral rights provide an essential framework which enables us to access, study and appreciate the world’s diverse cultures and to do the essential work of overcoming the obstacles between us.
Image: Baghdad © Mouayad Sary 2017
The themes of this event were inspired by the work of the International Authors Forum, an initiative working in defence of authors’ rights. The initiative itself has been inspired and guided by Maureen Duffy, whose service as an author and to authors is worldwide. Poetry, photography, short documentaries and readings from all around the world, were presented in this multi-faceted event.
Maureen Duffy is the author of more than 30 published works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. She became a King’s Fellow in 2002, is Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature, and is Honorary President of the British Copyright Council and of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society.
Katie Webb is King's Alumna who has worked extensively with British writer and authors’ rights campaigner Maureen Duffy. Between 2012 and 2016 Katie co-ordinated the International Authors Forum and during her time, the initiative grew into an organisation representing 58 associations of writers and artists on all continents except Antarctica.
- Author and activist Maureen Duffy will talk about the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity over her many years representing creators and copyright all over the world
- Vered Cohen Barzilay who founded Novel Rights, a social enterprise which recognises the power of art, especially literature, to drive change and motivate people to take action, will talk about the work being done to unite writers from Israel and Iraq, and about the work of Iris Eliya Cohen, from Israel, alongside a film of Iris reading her poetry
- Christina Kuper will talk about the challenges faced by authors in Solomon Islands, present a film and read poetry by Solomon islanders.
- Mouayad Sary, from Iraq, will exhibit his photography of Iraq and screen a short video documentary
- Documentary by Ahmad Al Safi about the Sudanese Writers Union, its ban by the ministry of culture and successful court battle to have the ban lifted
- Documentary about the challenges faced by South African authors by ANFASA, the Academic and Non-fiction Authors' Association of South Africa, including a discussion about South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature Nadine Gordimer
- Exhibition of the project ‘Another Way of Seeing’, by artist Oum Jeongsoon, Korean artist, who works with blind students to further her own artistic questions as well as to give them the opportunity to participate in art
Partner organisations: International Authors Forum, FUIS (Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori), Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, Centre for Life-writing Research