Category Archives: London Korean events

Korea Market Focus 2014. The London Book Fair; 7th-11th April.

The official brochure for the British Council Cultural Programme at The London Book Fair 2014 is now published. Please have a look for more information on all the exciting events coming up in April!





UK audiences have an opportunity to meet Korean writers. London, April 2014.

Cultural Programme

The 2014 Market Focus Cultural Programme, curated in partnership with the British Council, will bring the best in contemporary Korean writing and publishing to the UK, giving UK audiences a rare opportunity to meet and interact with Korean writers

  • Adapting and Adopting: From Page to Screen

    Thursday10:00 – 11:0010 Apr 2014

    Whitehall room, EC2

    In the UK as in Korea, cinematic adaptations of novels are as popular as ever. We explore the process of adaptation – online comics to films, books to films,…

  • Allegory and the Literary Imagination

    Wednesday13:00 – 14:0009 Apr 2014

    Whitehall room, EC2

    How do myth, allegory and fable illustrate history and society? Join us to explore the role of fables in fiction in response to social injustice, ideology and…

  • Families, Relationships and Society

    Tuesday11:30 – 12:3008 Apr 2014

    Whitehall room, EC2

    The shock of modernity has had a profound effect on Korean society, families and the relationships of its people. We explore how literature has responded to…

    Kyung-sook Shin, Author, Self-employed
    Kang Han, Professor , Seoul Institute of the Arts
    Kerry Hudson, Author, Self-employed
    Rachel Holmes , Author, Self-employed
  • Illusions and Reality: Writing the Self

    Tuesday14:30 – 15:3008 Apr 2014

    Whitehall room, EC2

    How does language contend with the fissure between reality and ideal? And how have the rapidly changing social landscapes in the UK and Korea affected our…

    Seung-U Lee, Author, Self-employed
    Hyesoon Kim, Author, Self-employed
    Helen Ivory, Poet and Artist, Self-employed
    Michael Hulse, Poet and Translator. Teacher, University of Warwick
  • Writing Home: Migrant Literature

    Wednesday10:00 – 11:0009 Apr 2014

    Whitehall room, EC2

    How does national and personal identity endure in foreign and faraway lands? We examine Korea’s relationship with the rest of the world through literary…

    Young-ha Kim, Author, Self-employed
    Insuk Kim , Author, Self-employed
    Xiaolu Guo, Author, Self-employed
    Ellah Allfrey , Independent Editor and Critic, Self-employed
  • Writing Literature after History

    Wednesday14:30 – 15:3009 Apr 2014

    Whitehall room, EC2

    What is the role of the writer in Korean society – can history be adequately represented in fiction, and what challenges do writers face, creative and…

KCC Film Highlights – March 2014 Korean Novels on Screen

Join the Korean Cultural Centre for Korean Novels on Screen: a special series focussing on novel adaptations by the 2014 Cultural Programme writers.

All films have English subtitles.

Tickets: free, but booking is essential.

Tuesday 4 March 19.00 (95 mins)The Road to Sampo

A young construction worker Young-dal travels to his hometown after being away for ten years in prison. Based on the novel by Hwang Sok-yong.

Book seats


Tuesday 11 March 19.00 (148 mins)Portrait of Youth

A university student reflects on the complications between love, political ideologies and rapid social changes. Based on the novel by Yi Mun-yol.

Book seats


Tuesday 18 March 19.00 (119 mins)The Scarlet Letter

A police detective investigates a murder case whilst struggling to maintain his relationships with his wife and mistress. Based on the novel by Kim Young-ha.

Book seats


Tuesday 25 March 19.00 (93 mins)Leafie, a Hen into the Wild

Seemingly destined to live the “same old” life, a laying hen named Leafie escapes her chicken farm and sets off on a journey into the wild. Based on The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Hwang Sun-mi.

Book seats


Tuesday 1 April 19.00 (163 mins)Moss

Adapted from a popular internet cartoon, Ryu Hae-guk investigates the mysterious death of his father in a remote mountain village. Based on the webtoon Moss by Yoon Tae-ho.

Book seats


All films will be screened at:

Korean Cultural Centre
Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand

Admission is free of charge, but booking is essential. You can reserve your place here.