Not Sticking to the ‘Rules’: Self-fashioned Writing
Bae Suah + Lee Young-ju + Pascalle Burton
Queensland Terrace, slq
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
Two writers renowned for their innovative and unconventional creative practices talk about what inspires them and how readers have responded to their work. In literature and cinema, South Korea has developed a reputation for unorthodox storytelling and formal innovation. Bae Suah and Lee Young-ju consider writing as a process of radical invention, describing their search for new forms and how disrupting convention expands our consciousness. Curated by Sung-Ae Lee.
Bae Suah debuted as a writer in 1993 with the publication of a short story “A Dark Room in 1988” in the literary magazine Novel and Thought. Her many novels include A Greater Music, Untold Night and Day and It’s Far, Uru Is Going to Be Late. Her best-known short story collections are North Station and Snake and Water. She was awarded Hankook Ilbo Literary Prize in 2003, Dongseo Literary Prize in 2004 and Writer in Residence in Zürich in 2018.
Lee Young-ju made her literary debut in 2000 by winning the Munhakdongne New Writer’s Contest. She is the author of the poetry collections The 108th Man, Cold Candies, Let Us Leave No Record of Love, You Arrived in the Season of Perennial Summer, and Her Name Is the Same as Mine. The English translation of Cold Candies won the 2022 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. Lee is a visiting professor at Myongji University’s Department of Creative Writing.
Pascalle Burton is a Meanjin-based experimental poet and performer with an interest in conceptual art and cultural theory. She also plays in the band The Stress of Leisure. Her collection About the Author is Dead is available through Cordite Books.