Organisation: Eve Morisi (St Hugh’s College, Oxford) in collaboration with Elise Hugueny-Léger (University of St Andrews), Ann Jefferson (University of Oxford) and Lyn Thomas (University of Sussex). Admission to these events is free, but registration for the film screenings is required.
Annie Ernaux will be in conversation with Sally Rooney at the Charleston Festival on 29 May 2023.
‘In a rare visit to the UK, iconic French author Annie Ernaux, winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature, joins us for a very special afternoon looking back on a career spanning over five decades.
One of the greatest authors writing today, Ernaux famously looks to her own life in her books, writing in her distinctively clean and brutally honest style. In conversation with Sally Rooney, bestselling author of ‘Normal People’, she reflects on a life writing about life and her own working-class upbringing.’
The Scottish French Institute will celebrate Annie Ernaux’s Nobel Prize in Literature. The event will emphasise the universal dimension of Ernaux’s work started in the 1970s and focus on the reader’s experience. Book excerpts will be read to the audience, and a discussion will examine some of the key themes in Ernaux’s work, at the crossroad between literature, sociology, history, politics and feminism. Attendants will comment on the significance of her texts in their lives.
The Swedish Academy has awarded the Literature Nobel Prize to Annie Ernaux. Their announcements reads: “Her work is uncompromising and written in plain language, scraped clean. And when she with great courage and clinical acuity reveals the agony of the experience of class, describing shame, humiliation, jealousy or inability to see who you are, she has achieved something admirable and enduring.”
Today we’re seeing the publication of Getting Lost, the translation of Ernaux’s Se perdre (2001) – the diary written at the time of her romance with a Russian diplomat. Translated by Alison L. Strayer for the first time, Getting Lost is being published by Fitzcarraldo editions in the UK and by Seven Stories Press in the USA.
Annie Ernaux and her son David Ernaux-Briot were invited to the Cannes festival to present their film Les Années super 8which consists in home video footage shot between 1972 and 1981. The film was directed by David Ernaux-Briot, with text written and read by Annie Ernaux .
On the 30th November 2021 Annie Ernaux was selected as one of the 12 inaugural international writers to join the Royal Society of Literature’s International Writers programme, a new award recognising the contribution of writers across the globe to literature in English, and the power of literature to transcend borders and to bring people together. At a time of rising nationalism, RSL International Writers celebrates the many ways in which literature can shape a future world. Each year new writers will receive this life-long honour and be invited to join the RSL’s International Writers, forming an ever-expanding global community of authors.
Audrey Diwan’s ‘Happening’ (L’événement) has won the Golden Lion in Venice for best film. Adapted from Ernaux’s autobiographical account, the film features Anamaria Vartolomei as Anne Duchesne, a student seeking a back-street abortion at a time when it was illegal in France.