Through a Child’s Eyes: Baltic and UK Perspectives on Fiction Writing

Through a Child’s Eyes: Baltic and UK Perspectives on Fiction Writing

12 Apr 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

The Cross-Cultural Hub
Language:
English

Claire Armitstead chairs this discussion about writing stories from childhood, or from the perspective of a child. Recent novels by Latvian writer Nora Ikstena and Lithuanian author Alvydas Šlepikas have both explored childhoods lived out under oppressive regimes – Ikstena’s novel Soviet Milk looking at three generations of women over 20 years, and Šlepikas looking at the orphans known as ‘wolf children’, who came to Lithuania at the end of the Second World War.  Rebecca Stott’s memoir In the Days of Rain tells the story of her life in an ultra-hardline Christian fundamentalist creationist sect. Here these writers discuss the similarities and differences in their work, and the effects of childhood on later life.

 

 

 

Contributors

  • Claire Armitstead

    Chairperson

    Associate Editor

    Culture, at The Guardian

    Claire Armitstead is Associate Editor, Culture, at the Guardian. She began her journalistic career as a trainee reporter on the South Wales Argus....

  • Nora Ikstena

    Speaker

    Baltics Author of the Day (Latvia)

  • Alvydas Šlepikas

    Speaker

    Writer

      Alvydas Šlepikas (b. 1966) is one of the most multi-talented contemporary Lithuanian writers today, moving among the worlds of literature, theatre,...

  • Rebecca Stott

    Speaker

    Rebecca is an author and academic. She teaches English Literature and Creative Writing in the University of East Anglia and writes fiction and...

  • Luize Pastore

    Speaker

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