Joseph Conrad, quite famously, couldn’t string more than a few words together in Polish – despite it being his mother tongue and Poland being his homeland. But his time spent on ships with English crews gave him an insight into the English language that turned this humble seaman into a literary genius.
The annual Conrad Festival in Kraków is a truly international event. It links writers from across the globe, offering workshops, readings and more in many languages and from many cultural viewpoints. It will begin on October 22, with a reading at 1pm from WG Sebald‘s Abandoned, and runs until October 28.
For a foretaste of the event, watch the short film from the festival organisers:
Visit the festival website for the full programme.