If you find yourself within striking distance of London's Free Word Centre on Farringdon Road next Thursday (October 20), and you have a spare quid (or seven): please come along and say hello: I'll be speaking on the discussion panel for "The New International?: Literature in an age of 'globish'", alongside TLS contributors Shirley Dent and George Szirtes, among others. It's a "satellite" event for this year's Battle of Ideas, a whole weekend of topical debating at the Royal College of Art at the end of the month.
The blurb for this particular satellite event (see below) suggests the potentially unwieldy vastness of the subject; and that the discussion probably won't have that much to do with "globish" in the linguistic sense of the term as used by Jean-Paul Nerriere. But the question of translation alone – "Are we kidding ourselves we even understand works in translation?", as the blurb puts it – could make for a lively debate . . . .