Around the World in 80 Books with Kate Mosse

Published: 11 June 2013 at 16:20

Explore the best writing from across the globe at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus

Bestselling novelist Kate Mosse will take part in a literary event with a difference at Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus on Saturday, 29 June.

Around the World in 80 Books promises to be a novel way of exploring the best of global writing.  With funding from the Arts Council England and organised by Oxygen Books, publishers of the city-pick travel guides, this Essex Book Festival event will combine writing workshops with talks from publishers and novelists focusing on particular countries.

Mosse, author of the Languedoc trilogy featuring Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel, will discuss her hugely popular novels, their French setting and the French writers, both past and present, who have inspired her.

Labyrinth, Mosse’s first novel, has sold over five million copies worldwide and a film adaptation, produced by Ridley Scott, was broadcast by Channel 4 earlier this year.  

She is the co-founder and honorary director of the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, to be renamed the Baileys Prize from next year, which was established in 1996 to celebrate outstanding fiction by women from throughout the world.

Mosse’s next book, the Mistletoe Bride & Other Winter Tales, is due out on 24 October.  A collection of short stories rather than a novel, the work is inspired by traditional folk tales and country legends from England and France.

Following Mosse’s focus on France the event will then make a whistle-stop tour across Europe, with translator Feyza Howell discussing Turkish literature, Arnold Jansen op de Haar, writer and advisor to Holland Park Press, exploring the best prose and poetry from the Netherlands, and Anne Marie Goodridge, of the Goethe Institute, championing Germany’s crime and thriller writers.

During the afternoon, bestselling novelist and Venice resident Michelle Lovric, author of Carnevale, The Floating Book, The Remedy and The Book of Human Skin, will talk about her work and the writers of the Italian city who have inspired her.

Lovric will be followed by writer Ann Morgan, who will reveal the surprising discoveries she made last year when she set herself the challenge of reading a book from every one of the world’s 196 countries.

Around the World in 80 Books will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm on Saturday, 29 June and tickets costs £15 (£12 for concessions).  

Also on 29 June, Anglia Ruskin will be hosting an Inter Faith Day of Dialogue, which will be led by Revd Canon Ivor Moody, the Vice Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral.  Sufiya Ahmed, author of the Secrets of the Henna Girl, will deliver the keynote talk entitled “Forced marriages: How can faith protect against culture?”  

Sufiya, who has worked for MPs Harriet Harman and Stephen Timms, is the founder and director of the BIBI Foundation, a non-profit organisation which arranges visits to the Houses of Parliament for young people from deprived and disadvantaged backgrounds.

The talk will be followed by general discussions covering topics ranging from “Does the existence of matter prove the existence of a creator?” to “Is religion really that important in a relationship?”  For further information and to book your free place, please contact Rachel Moss on 0845 196 4723 or visit