English PEN tells me about The South Bank Centre presenting Stop The Clock: Writers and the Perception of Time: "Stop the Clock questions how we read the present through our collective past. In this major series of talks on history and the perception of time, British and European writers will discuss the way contemporary writing explores these themes." They look to be an interestting series of conversations (although, for my money, a weekend indoors with Proust or Bergson would probably serve just as well). The talk, on Tuesday 7th March, with Rem Koolhaas and Cees Nooteboom looks to be the most interesting, although I'm sure Ismail Kadare, with his French translator David Bellos, and Harry Mulisch on Tuesday 28th March will be pretty good too.

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