Listen: A Nordic Noir - Thomas Rydahl’s The Hermit
Listen to Thomas Rydhal discusses his debut crime novel The Hermit. An instant bestseller in Denmark and winner of the Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel.
Listen: Body Politic 2016 - Freedom of Movement
Listen back to Body Politic: Freedom of Movement looking at how censorship affects the language of the body. Dance Umbrella with Free Word, Index on Censorship and One Dance UK.
Listen: Through a Child's Eyes - Swallowing Mercury
Polish writer Wioletta Greg introduced her book Swallowing Mercury, the tale of a girl growing up in communist Poland and trying to make sense of it in her own way.
Listen: Realistic Utopias - Writing for Change
Listen to five new stories and poems from emerging writers that take a personal look at our rapidly changing world. Reflect on whether words can help inspire us to take action.
Dragonworld: Four Short Stories from China
Read Paper Republic returned to Free Word Centre with another fantastic speed-book clubbing event, this time focused on four fantasy short stories from China. Translator Nicky Harman shares what translators and groups thought of each.
Listen: Banned Books Week 2016
Why do books get censored? Hear writers and journalists explore this issue in novels, non-fiction and comics during Banned Books Week 2016, and ask what this means for free speech.
Listen: Northern Lights - Voices from the Arctic
Hear poetry and performance from and about the Arctic and learn about films from Arctic–based filmmakers. Reflect on the impacts of climate change in the most northern part of Earth.
Listen: Personal Politics with Brit Bildøen
Award-winning Norwegian author Brit Bildøen reads from her book Seven Days in August, and discusses why she chose to write about both public and personal experiences of grief.
Listen: At Home in Language?
Hear translator Marta Dziurosz talk with fellow multilingual writers Vanni Bianconi, Xiaolu Guo and Bohdan Piasecki about what it means to write creatively beyond your first language.
Listen: Splithead and other thoughts on Europe with Julya Rabinowich
On 12 September 2016, Austrian author Julya Rabinowich joined us at Free Word Centre to read from her novel Splithead and share her thoughts on Europe. Missed it? Catch up with an audio recording.
Listen: Stories of Each Other: Do We Care?
On 22 June 2016, Free Word, in association with Counterpoints Arts and Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, presented a read-a-thon and panel discussion with writers, poets and newly arrived communities. Catch up by listening to an audio recor…
Listen: Illiberal Democracy: The Future of Freedom
On 15 June 2016, Free Word, in partnership with Index on Censorship, presented a panel discussion on the future of freedom in Europe with cultural figures from Hungary, Poland and Turkey. Catch up by listening to the recordings below.