In conversation with Suzanne Leal
Hwang Sok-Yong was born in 1943 and is arguably Korea’s most renowned author. In 1993, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for an unauthorised trip to the North to promote exchange between artists in North and South Korea. Five years later, he was released on a special pardon by the new president. Hwang will be discussing his life and work. Please note this conversation will include a translator.
Hwang Sok-Yong was born in 1943 and is the recipient of Korea's highest literary prizes including the Manhae Literary Prize, the Danjae Literary Prize, the Isan Literary Prize, the Daesan Literature Prize for The Guest, the Manhae Literary Award Grand Prize, the Korea Culture and Arts Foundation 'This Year's' Art Prize, the Mark of Respect Award and was shortlisted for the Prix Femina Etranger. His novel The Road to Sampo (1973) was made into a successful film and will be reissued in French by Editions Philippe Picquier. His multi-volume epic Jang Gilsan, serialised in a daily newspaper (1974-84), uses the parable of a medieval bandit to foil the censors to describe the contemporary dictatorship. A huge success in North as well as South Korea, it has sold over a million copies and remains a bestseller in Korean fiction today.
Suzanne Leal is the author of novels The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is a former legal commentator on ABC radio and a regular interviewer at Sydney Writers' Festival and other literary events. www.suzanneleal.com
Presented in partnership with the Korean Cultural Centre.