The purpose of past editions of the Conrad Festival, the largest literary event in Poland, was to exemplify how to talk about reality. This time around, the invited writers will be discussing how reality comes into being thanks to literature. This week-long encounter with the world’s best authors, critics, and translators will be an opportunity to discuss such concepts as objects, words, images, ideas, places, and characters. The invited guest list is impressive and includes (among many others) Almudena Grandes, author of the prize-winning novel Las edades de Lulú, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the popular novel Americanah, and Dmitrij Bukow, one of the most popular writers in today’s Russia. The festival, named after Joseph Conrad, an eminent Polish writer who wrote exclusively in English. The 11th Conrad Festival will focus on how literature uses the means available to it to create different realities, and how these distinct, discordant realities converse, debate and fight one another.
We’re all surrounded with fictional worlds – be it from movies, books, video games. . . The purpose of the “Expanding Universes. Exploring Transmedial & Transfictional Ways of World
–Building” international conference is to immerse attendees in the idea of these worlds and the processes that go into building them. “We all engage in a plethora of ways of world-making, and what transmedial narratology needs nowadays to do, is to analyze these storyworlds in their variety without imposing any paradigmatic world-building model for creators to follow”