Children and young adults must always be curious and eager to explore the world in a very particular way. Therefore the mystery and detective fiction for children and young adult readers and can be seen as an untouched land and challenging for writers. On the occassion of European Literature in Hanoi, British Council proudly presents to Vietnamese audience an unique British author in the mystery and detective fiction genre for young adults and children, Jasper Fforde. Jasper Fforde spent his early career in the film industry before debuting on the New York Time Bestseller list with ‘The Eyre Affair’ (2001). He also won a Wodehouse prize for comic fiction.
Referring to British detective novels, most Vietnamese readers probably will think about familiar names like Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie but Jasper Fforde’s literature style is going to bring a breath of fresh air and a contemporary look about this genre of literature. Especially the works of Jasper aims at young readers. With the participationof Dr. Pham Xuan Thach – literary critic the round table discussion hopes to create an open dialog and exchange about this genre of literature as well as potential in Vietnam.
Amongst Fforde's output are police procedurals featuring nursery rhyme characters; a series for Young Adults about Magic and Dragons set in a shabby world of failing magical powers, and 'Shades of Grey' a post-apocalyptic dystopia set three world orders into the future, where social hierarchy is based on the colours you can see. His next book, 'Early Riser', will be published in the UK and USA early in 2016.
The language of the workshop is English and Vietnamese. The event is open for the public.