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Chinese Writers Festival
August 28, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST
A bilingual celebration of Chinese and Chinese-Australian writing from the mountains to the sea. Featuring Lei Tao (Xi’an), Xu Xi (New York and Hong Kong), Alice Pung, Ouyang Yu, Belinda Jiang, Wang Ruobing and more.
The lead-up to the festival will also provide professional development for writers and translators through two events with the Marco Polo Project, an introduction to Reading and Writing Across Languages and an All-You-Can Translate workshop on Saturday 27th August 2016.
As a part of the festival, Peril writers, Allison Chan and Xia Cui will be providing lead up coverage, live blogging and reflections from the festival in both English and Chinese, which is one of the first of its kind in terms of bilingual programming.
- 9.00 am – Registrations and morning tea
- 10.00 am – Welcome and official opening
- 10.30 am – Lei Tao keynote (in Chinese with English translation)
- 11.00 am – Tao Lei and Yan Tong in conversation with May Hu, followed by audience Q&A
- 12.00 pm – Xu Xi keynote (in English with Chinese translation), followed by audience Q&A
- 12.50 pm – Lunch will be provided
- 1.30 pm – Welcome back
- 1.45 pm – Belinda Jiang and Wang Ruobing in conversation with Luna Madden (in Chinese with English translation), followed by audience Q&A
- 2.30 pm – Alice Pung and Ouyang Yu in conversation with William Zhang (in English with Chinese translation), followed by audience Q&A
- 3.30 pm – Thank you and close
The lead-up to the festival will also provide professional development for writers and translators through two events with the Marco Polo Project, an introduction to Reading and Writing Across Languages and an All-You-Can Translate workshop on Saturday 27thAugust 2016.
About Lei Tao – Lei Tao’s publications date back to 1977. A member of the Chinese Writers Association National Committee, his representative works include ‘Close to the Alps’, ‘Walking to the Kingdom’, and ‘Actresses who came out from Xi’an Film Factory’. Lei was awarded Russia’s ’60 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945′ Jubilee Medal and the Chekhov Literature Award in 2010.
About Xu Xi – Xu Xi is the author of nine books of fiction and essays, and editor or co-editor of three anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. Her novel ‘Habit of a Foreign Sky’ was shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize. Xu has taught creative writing and lectured on global culture at universities in Asia, the US and Europe. She lives between New York and Hong Kong.
Presented in partnership with Aust-China Writers Association, Australia Chinese Writers Festival, Chinese Poets & Authors Society of Victoria, Melbourne Chinese Writers Friendship Association, Yarra Libraries, Melbourne Writers Festival, WrICE and Peril Magazine. Supported by Creative Victoria and the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office.
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