Grass and International Literature / Grass und seine Weltliteratur 15th-16th September

A conference to mark the author’s ninetieth birthday to be held in Swansea.

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Gunter GrassOver the course of 15th-16th September a range of esteemed academics from across Europe, Asia and the United States will speak in both English and in German as part of a very special conference hosted in Swansea to mark the 90th birthday of the late literary giant Günter Grass. (pictured) 

The fascinating two day conference will celebrate and examine the ways in which the man who was named the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999, has influenced and shaped the world literary landscape.

The title of the conference is 'Grass and International Literature / Grass und seine Weltliteratur'.

The programme can be downloaded here: Grass and International Literature - Conference Programme

For further information or to register to attend the conference, please contact Professor Julian Preece (

(Please note there will be a small charge to cover refreshments.)

The conference is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Open World Research Initiative and the Research Institute of the Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.


Events which form part of the programme but which may be of more general interest are:

Volcano Theatre, 27-29 High Street, - Friday 15th September - 7.30pm 
Supported by Literature Wales ‘Writers on Tour’ Programme

Brace yourselves for a multicultural eruption as novelist and broadcaster Lawrence Norfolk presents a multi-media discussion entitled Rats and Eels and the lost Baltic city of Vineta, or: How Novels cross Borders Bilingual - on his literary encounter with the fiction of German author and Nobel Laureate Novelist, Günter Grass.

Norfolk's highly acclaimed historical novels, such as Lemprière's Dictionary (1991) and In the Shape of a Boar (2000), show his fascination with the languages and cultures of continental Europe. The Pope's Rhinoceros (1996), set in the sixteenth century, begins on the Baltic Island of Usedom, territory which Gdansk-born Günter Grass made his own, and includes an episode about the legendary, lost city of Vineta. In this discussion Lawrence presents a recording of Grass reading from his most famous novel The Tin Drum, a film clip from The Rat, both with parallel English translations, and will present an extract from his own fiction. In the second half of the evening, he will read the climactic underground episode from Grass's 1963 novel about Nazism and its aftermath, Dog Years.

(You can hear Lawrence Norfolk discussing 'Europe and Us' in a recent Proms Extra broadcast on BBC i-player:

Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Uplands, Swansea – Saturday 16th September – 3pm-6pm

The Swansea birthplace of perhaps Wales’ most revered writer Dylan Thomas celebrated the poet’s centenary year in 2014 and in 2017 is now ready to celebrate another world literary great. 

On Saturday 16 September  the restored Welsh writer’s home will play host to an afternoon in celebration of Nobel Prize winning German author Günter Grass. The event will be conducted in English and features Dr. Nicole Thesz of Miami University & Professor  Julian Preece of Swansea University delivering insightful talks ranging from ‘French Existentialism goes to Germany after World War Two’ to ‘Traces of Camus in Grass’s Writings: Probing Humanity in the Twentieth Century’ & Jean-Paul Sartre’s Antisemite and Jew (1946) as Blueprint for Grass’s Jewish Figures: From Dog Years to Crabwalk.