The BookTalk team are delighted to announce some of the titles we will be discussing in the next academic year. Events will remain online until at least February 2022. 21 October 2021, 7pm: The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane KirbyEvent in partnership with Cardiff … Continue reading Coming soon for 2021-22
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
Our second BookTalk event of 2019 will mark the 10th anniversary of British author J. G. Ballard’s death, with an event on his iconic novel High Rise (1975). This event will bring together experts on contemporary literature, science fiction and urban design to discuss some … Continue reading Cardiff BookTalk event: High Rise by J.G. Ballard, Monday 1st April 2019
Following on from our popular previous event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea in November 2018, BookTalk volunteer Christie Collins delved into the vast poetic oeuvre Le Guin left behind.
Our November event exploring Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea and the author’s enduring legacy was one of our most popular yet, with almost 100 Le Guin readers and fans sharing in the discussion. If you weren’t able to make it (or if you … Continue reading A reader’s view: Check out this fantastic report from our recent event celebrating Ursula Le Guin