A 120m2 UK Pavilion will be located at the centre of the 18th International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction on the second floor of Moscow's Central House of Artists.
The Pavilion will host publisher meetings and small public events; visitors will be able to buy books from featured authors, to become better acquainted with Shakespeare’s work through audio and video installations and also to contribute to a live print installation based on William Shakespeare’s verse as part of a specially-commissioned interactive project from Henningham Family Press and the British Higher School of Art and Design.
There will be special events throughout the fair including readings, performances, seminars for publishers, signing sessions and receptions. One of the key events of the UK programme will be the announcement and award of the All-Russia English-Russian literary translation contest.
The UK Pavilion Programme (А-1)
A Line Of Five Feet: The Music Behind Shakespeare's Verse
3-4 December | 12.00-18.00
British artists David and Ping Henningham (Henningham Family Press), together with students from the British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow, celebrate Shakespeare's verse at Non/Fiction 2016 by creating a live screenprinted book. Their book, like so many of Shakespeare's plays, will be about “affairs of love”.
There is a rhythm that has carried Shakespeare's plays for four hundred years. Each sentence sits on five undulating waves, ti-TUM ti-TUM ti-TUM ti-TUM ti-TUM. This rhythm is called iambic pentameter, and it is the music of English verse. We invite you to suggest words that follow this rhythm: Russian or English words about love, jealousy, passion, trickery – any words suggesting Shakespearean love.
- The students will screenprint these words using a new sound alphabet they have created, uniting Russian and English language.
- Next, the printed pages are glued together into lines of five “metrical feet”, five ti-TUMs that snake back and forth.
- Once bound, this long love letter in concrete poetry will be sent to the United Kingdom, where a response will be created and exchanged.