Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 20:00 to Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 17:15

Together with the Leo Tolstoy Museum-Estate Yasnaya Polyana we are happy to invite you to a series of talks on contemporary literature which will be part of our 4th British Literature Today seminar.

The talks will feature acclaimed UK authors Jay Bernard, Diana Evans, Lavinia Greenlaw, David Keenan, Fiona Maddocks and Glyn Maxwell, together with Russian journalist and cultural studies specialist Yury Saprykin, and will cover a wide range of topics connected with literature and music.

The talks will take place at Yasnaya Polyana (Tula region) in the Dom Kultury. They will be in English, without translation, and will be streamed live on social media. Entrance is free but registration is requested.

18 July, Thursday, 20:00 – 21:00

Keynote by Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw will introduce the writers taking part in the British Literature Today seminar, and some of its starting points: the potency and danger of the musical phrase, how we deploy and resist musicality, when and why we force music to breakdown into noise; how the music we grew up with shaped us as writers and readers; music as subject, emblem and allusion; music as an agent of cultural and political change; and writing for and about music. This will be followed by a reading from Lavinia’s own work.


19 July, Friday, 17:30 – 18:45

How to Write About Music

A panel discussion featuring Jay Bernard, Fiona Maddocks and Glyn Maxwell, moderated by Yury Saprykin.

The panelists will talk about music as subject, emblem, allusion in the written text, and how to write explicitly about music while following or avoiding existing canons and traditional narrative forms.


20 July, Saturday, 16:00 – 17:15

How Music Shapes Us

A panel discussion featuring Diana Evans, David Keenan and Lavinia Greenlaw, moderated by Yury Saprykin.

The discussion will open up debate about music as formative to literary identity. How did the music you grew up with shape you as a writer? What is the relationship between writing and music for each of the participants? And how – in certain cases – can music work as a cultural and political force?