Wednesday 15th May 2019, 6.30 pm (for 7.00 pm): Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert Our third BookTalk event of 2019 will combine discussion of classic and translated literature with the influential French classic Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. This novel was first published in 1856 and … Continue reading Cardiff BookTalk: Madame Bovary
Interviewed by Jason Wood for the BFI, Ben Wheatley covered bases from the score, to the visceral imagery, to the careful balance struck between location and CGI. Read an extract of the interview below. The combination of observation and humour is an overlooked facet of … Continue reading Ben Wheatley on High-Rise
Our next event takes place on the 1st April 2019 and will mark the 10th anniversary of British author J. G. Ballard’s death, with an event on his 1975 novel High Rise. Our panel will feature three expert speakers on contemporary literature, science fiction and … Continue reading High-Rise (2015)
Writing for the New Statesman in March 2016, Will Self mulled over what his friend Jim (the novelist J G Ballard to the rest of us mortals) would have thought about Ben Wheatley’s 2015 screen adaptation. Read an extract from Self’s article below. In Ballard’s … Continue reading What would J G Ballard have made of the new High-Rise film?
The new film adaption of JG Ballard’s classic 1975 novel High-Rise has been a while coming. Much like the power-cuts that interrupt life in the novel’s namesake, various attempts to translate the book for cinema have been erratic, and ultimately failed. But with director Ben … Continue reading Why the dark world of High-Rise is not so far from reality
Held by the British Library and part of the digital Discovering Literature: 20th Century exhibition, these pages from c.1974 give an insight into Ballard’s editing process as he was writing High-Rise. Shown here are two sheets of summary notes, as well as the opening pages from an early draft of the novel. Both were first written out on a typewriter, and later heavily annotated and revised by hand in blue and black pen.
Our next event takes place on the 1st April 2019 and will mark the 10th anniversary of British author J. G. Ballard’s death, with an event on his 1975 novel High-Rise. Our panel will feature three expert speakers on contemporary literature, science fiction and urban design: Prof. Roger Luckhurst, Dr. Aiden Tynan, and Dr. Günter Gassner.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
In an interview with Chris Hall in 2003, J G Ballard expounded on his belief that London needed a freeway system comparable to that in LA among other things. These unpublished excerpts were eventually published in the Architect’s Journal on 29 April 2009, shortly after Ballard’s … Continue reading J G Ballard on what’s wrong with London and relieving boredom with a Kalashikov