August Strindberg (1849-1912) is Sweden’s best-known playwright. But he was also a novelist, artist, amateur scientist and iconoclast. To mark the centenary of his death, from 22 September to 21 October, UCL Scandinavian Studies will be transforming the North Lodge at the entrance to UCL’s main quad into The Red Room. Röda Rummet (The Red Room) is the title of Strindberg’s most famous novel, named after the salon where he and his friends would meet in fin-de-siècle Stockholm to discuss politics, science, art, and anything else that took their fancy.
The Red Room at UCL will be a place to find out more about Strindberg and read his plays or novels in a comfy armchair. More importantly, though, it will be a space where anyone can talk about anything, in true salon style. We’ll be programming bite-sized talks, discussions and performances by academics of all disciplines, students, writers, translators, actors, literature aficionados, and more.