Later this month the London School of Economics will hold its 5th Annual Literary Festival. In the run up to an exciting few days packed with talks, readings, and performances, three LSE academics read from their favourite works of fiction for this special edition podcast from the LSE Review of Books


From 26th of February  to 2nd March 2013, the London School of Economics will hold its 5th Annual Literary Festival under the theme ‘Branching Out’. The festival encourages interaction between authors and academics on a global stage and will include talks, readings, panel discussions, and performances, as well as creative writing workshops and children’s events.

An integral theme this year is “uniting the different branches of knowledge”. With this in mind, the LSE Review of Books team asked prominent LSE professors to read from their favourite works of fiction, building on our popular Academic Inspiration series. In this special edition podcast, we hear from Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law, reading from Kafka’s The Trial; Mary Evans, Centennial Professor at the Gender Institute, reading from Louisa Alcott’s Little Women; and Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Media and Communications, reading from Anthony Trollope’s The Warden.


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In the 2nd Edition of this Favourite Works of Fiction Podcast Series, you can hear Professor Odd Arne Westad, reading from Knut Hamsun’s SultDirector of the Centre for Economic Performance, Professor John Van Reenen, reading from the non-fiction essay The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte by Karl Marx, Research Fellow at POLIS Dr Fatima El Issawi, reading from The Messenger With Her Hair Long to the Springs by Lebanese poet Ounsi el-Hajj, and Reader in European Philosophy and Director of the Forum for European Philosophy, Dr Simon Glendinning, from Franz Kafka’s short story Before the Law.

Presented by Amy Mollett. Produced by Cheryl Brumley. Contributors: Conor Gearty, Mary Evans, Sonia Livingstone. Music and sound came courtesy of the following contributors at the Silent Strangers (In the Elysian Field – CC-BY-NC-ND); Lee Maddeford with Les Gauchers Orchestra (Le petit jardin – CC-BY-NC-SA); and Clinic Archives Mix (Melting Clouds – Defoliation – CC-BY-NC-ND). 
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