At this event, funded by the Department of Languages and Cultures, German-Romanian author Carmen-Francesca Banciu will read from her work and talk about how her texts explore the gendered dimension of living under authoritarianism.

Banciu, author of Mother’s Day: Song of a Sad Mother and Berlin is my Paris, was born in Lipova, Romania. As a result of being awarded the International Short Story Award of the City of Arnsberg for the story ‘The Radiant Ghetto’ (1985) she was banned from publishing her work in Romania. Writer-in-Residence at Rutgers University from 2004-2005 and University of Bath in 2009, Banciu currently lives in Berlin and works as a freelance author and co-editor/deputy director of the transnational, interdisciplinary and multilingual e-magazine Levure Littéraire.

Since moving to Berlin, Banciu has written almost exclusively in the German language. Her works deal with the geographic, psychic, and linguistic migrations of the woman author in Europe under and following the fall of Communism.

On the 16thNovember, Banciu will first lead a translation workshop with Finalists from the German undergraduate degree programme where students will translate excerpts from her work. Banciu’s visit to Lancaster University concludes with the reading in the evening.

The reading will be accessible to non-German speakers and is open to everyone.

A wine reception will accompany the reading.

Please contact Emily Spiers by 11 November to register your attendance.

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