Project Description

AKA MORCHILADZE

Aka Morchiladze is the pen name of Gio Akvlediani, a novelist and screenwriter who lived in London in the 2010s. He has written more than 20 books. Several have won Georgia’s highest literary award, the Saba prize – including his novel Obolé in 2011 – and are translated into a dozen languages. Born in 1966 in Tbilisi, he studied and later taught history at Tbilisi State University – founded in 1918 as the first university in Georgia and the south Caucasus. His debut novel of 1992, Journey to Karabakh, revolutionised Georgian fiction, using demotic language to capture a post-Soviet era of violence and social change, and its 2005 film adaptation by director Levan Tutberidze heralded Georgia’s cinematic revival after the years of economic collapse. It was translated into English by Elizabeth Heighway and published by Dalkey Archive Press. A later novel, Of Old Hearts and Swords, is a tale of abduction, chivalry and cultural misunderstanding set in 19th-century Georgia after Russian annexation in 1801. He has also worked as a sports journalist and presented landmark cultural programmes on Georgian television. He appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking during the UK’s first festival of Georgian writers, Where Europe Meets Asia: Georgia25

Thursday 25 February 19.10 – 20.40