Kosmopolis is a biennial literary event that has been held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona since 2002. It promotes a concept of amplified literature and is open to all those manifestations of the spoken, printed and digital word that erode the division between genres and invest in its own future.
Under the heading “The Literature that’s Coming” Kosmopolis 21 will be exploring literature for the age of climate emergency, literature that shuns classification, where genres mingle, and each work is an exploration of uncharted territories.
On 17th June Maggie O’Farrell, one of the UK’s most acclaimed writers, will be talking about her most recent novel “Hamnet”, a fictional account of Shakespeare's son, Hamnet, who died at age 11 in 1596. It won the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction, the Fiction Prize at the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Awards and was included on 15 lists of the best books of 2020. In this session O’Farrell will be talking to Gemma Ruiz Palà and Begoña Gómez Urzaiz (via videoconference) about her immersion in Elizabethan theatre, the misogyny of biographers and her discovery of the natural world to the point of becoming a veritable healer.
This session will be livestreamed from the CCCB website free of charge. Information about how to watch and how to obtain tickets to the event here.