Author Ian McEwan to Speak at Athens Concert Hall on April 25


(Photo by Eurokinissi/Stelios Misinas)

ATHENS - Ian McEwan, a well-known British novelist and screenwriter, will appear at the Athens Concert Hall at 19:00 on April 25, in a discussion with Greek poet Haris Vlavianos on how a writer creates his persona as he writes his novels.

McEwan, whose translated works are very popular in Greece, is visiting Athens for the first time. His talk is part of a cycle of events to mark the "Athens World Book Capital 2018" designation by UNESCO. Author of multiple novels, has received among others the Whitbread, Prix Femina Etranger, and Booker Prizes, and The Times has included him in a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Brief introductory speeches will be delivered by Athens Mayor George Kaminis and James Bryce, deputy head of mission at the British embassy in Athens. After the event, McEwan will meet with the public and autograph copies of his books.

The visit is coordinated by the Athens Municipality, Patakis Publications and British Council Greece.

Entrance is free to the public but passes are required. They will be distributed starting at 17:30 on the day of the lecture, which will be in English with simultaneous translation into Greece.

The event will be broadcast live and with free access through the Diavlos platform (, and be also available on the Concert Hall's site,

[File photo, from event in Berlin/EPA, Bernd von Jutrczenka]