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Public Speaking

Public Speaking

I give lectures, speeches, seminars etc. (in Danish, English or Italian) on my books and their subjects  and on the writers whose works I have translated, e.g. Umberto Eco og Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

During the past couple of years I have given lectures etc. on e.g.

  • Anders Lassen, e.g. A Danish Raider on Crete 1943-1945
  • Paolo il Danese
  • Italian Fascism and anti-Fascism; the Italian Resistance; WW2 in Italy
  • Rome (past and present)
  • Italian culture, history and current affairs (with or without a focus on Silvio Berlusconi)
  • The Catholic Church (past and present)
  • South Tyrol
  • Sicily
  • Naples
  • Italian food
  • The meeting of Danish/Nordic and Italian/South European cultures (e.g. focusing on mentality and culture, etiquette, negotiation and cooperation)
  • The mafias (in Italy and the USA); some times based on the HBO-serial The Sopranos)
  • Language policies and the politics of language; language as a "hard" competence; the necessity of learning foreign languages; bilingualism as a ressource rather than a problem
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Quality management in translation and editorial work
  • Danish Literature, the Danish Book Market, and Literary Translation in Denmark

Form and contents are tailored to the occasion and the audience.

I also act as interviewer and moderator, mostly in literary contexts (e.g. book fairs, literature festivals, public debates etc.), but also in meetings with topics such as innovation in the food industry, marketing of organic food, and the international reputation of Danish agriculture. Among the authors whom I have interviewed on stage are Salman Rushdie, A.S. Byatt, Lawrence Norfolk, Michael Frayne, Diane Setterfield, Antonio Tabucchi, Linn Ullmann, Jussi Adler Olsen, Jens Christian Grøndahl, Sara Blædel, Morten Kringelbach and Inger Frimansson.

Lectures etc. may be booked through Forfatterforedrag.