Theresa May said that “if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.” Issues of belonging, roots, community and bonds seem to matter more than ever in the Brexit-era world. In this panel, two international authors discuss how these issues have been affecting their writing and how literature can prove populist politics wrong.
Helena Janeczek is an Italian writer and journalist who was born into a Polish-Jewish family based in Munich. She has written extensively about borders, history, nationality. Her novel Le rondini di Montecassino has been translated into English by New Academia Publishing/Scarith Books (The swallows of Montecassino, 2013). Her latest novel is La ragazza con la Leica.
Lauren Elkin is a Franco-American writer and is most recently the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London (Chatto & Windus, 2016). She co-founded the Citizens of Everywhere project at the University of Liverpool, overseeing the publication of a series of related articles in The Guardian.
Chair: Claudia Durastanti is a writer and translator based in London.