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Orwell Day 2022

Ali Smith

Making political writing into an art

Debate

Writer Ali Smith talks with filmmaker Sarah Wood and journalist Anna Guitart about the power of language to look critically at the present, following the publication of Summer, the latest piece in her acclaimed Seasonal Quartet.

British writer Ali Smith, author of the Seasonal Quartet comprising the novels Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer (published in Catalan and Spanish by Raig Verd/Nórdica Libros), has carried out in this tetralogy an extraordinary literary narration of our times. The Brexit, the pandemic, the CIE, post-truth or the climate crisis are some of the themes that permeate these texts, which, from the language of literature and fiction, are at the same time great chronicles of today's world. Can we overcome the distance between words and reality? What role does fiction play in the understanding of our own time?

In this session we have the screening of the audiovisual piece Why We Write (2021) by filmmaker Sarah Wood, in which Ali Smith pays tribute to the figure of Orwell and reflects on the shared vocation of making political writing into art.

Participants: Ali Smith, Sarah Wood, Anna Guitart

This activity is part of Orwell Day 2022, Orwell Day

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Ali Smith

Making political writing into an art

Writer Ali Smith and filmmaker Sarah Wood talk with journalist Anna Guitart about their audiovisual piece Why We Write (2021), in which Smith pays tribute to the figure of Orwell and reflects on the shared vocation of making political writing into art.

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