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Literature, hydrocarbons, resistance meet in Stavanger. This year’s International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech (Kapittel) will be focusing on oil. The theme has been chosen to present how it has changed the world, as well as shaped people’s way of thinking and living. Oil regions such as Nigeria, Angola, Sudan, Texas, China and Russia will be one particular interest, but Norway’s oil history is also scheduled as part of the program.

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Literature, hydrocarbons, resistance meet in Stavanger

Published on Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 at 06:38 under the entertainment category, by Martyna Kwaśniewska.

This year’s International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech (Kapittel) will be focusing on oil.

Stavanger Culture House
Sølvberget, where the literature festival is held.Stavanger Culture House
Photo: © 2007 Jarle Vines/Wikimedia Commons


The theme has been chosen to present how it has changed the world, as well as shaped people’s way of thinking and living.

Oil regions such as Nigeria, Angola, Sudan, Texas, China and Russia will be one particular interest, but Norway’s oil history is also scheduled as part of the program.

Among authors invited for interviews on stage are: Jung Chang – a Chinese-born British writer now living in London – and US fiction writer Philipp Meyer.

Masha Gessen (Maria Alexandrovna Gessen), a Russian and American author and activist noted for her opposition to Vladimir Putin is another invited author. She has recently published a book about band Pussy Riot called Words Will Break Cement.

One of the important topics that will be debated is the current situation in Eastern Europe.

The role of social critique and satire in reference to current political situation and relations between Ukraine and Russia will be also discussed in conversation of Andrei Kurkov, a famous Ukrainian writer, with Andrei Nekrasov – a Russian filmmaker and critic.

Another angle of the Festival’s debates will be provided with a discussion panel Women, oil and human rights. This concerns how these are connected in the Nigerian context. The main speaker of the panel is Emem Okon from Kebetkache Women Development & Resource Centre.

Kapittel’s program also includes film screenings for English-speakers. Festival organizers plan to show Particle Fever (Mark Levinson, director), Love City Jalalabad directed by George Gittoes, Moscow Trials (Milo Rau, Swiss-born director), and 20,000 Days on Earthdirected by the UK’s Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

The International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech 2014 runs from 17th to 21st September.

A detailed program can be found here.



Published on Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 at 06:38 under the entertainment category, by Martyna Kwaśniewska.

This post has the following tags: oil, stavanger, literature, festival.





  
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