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Cultural Exchange in Literary Circles: Dialogue between Chinese and European Writers of Contemporary Literature

Guangzhou

Antonis Georgiou

Events: Memories, Stories and Art, The Author’s Way, Experimenting with Language and Style, Global Voices, Local Stories

Antonis Georgiou, a Cypriot author, poet and playwright, was born in 1969. He studied Law in Moscow and Theatre Studies and works as a lawyer. He is a member of the editorial board of the literary magazine Anef and he was involved with the composition of Theatre Diaries (2001-2013) on the history of the Cypriot theater. His plays have been widely staged in Cyprus and the region, he has published a poetry collection called Full Moon Minus One, and the books Sweet Bloody Life and An Album of Stories. An Album of Stories won the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature and is being translated into more than 10 languages.

Guangzhou

Huang Lihai

Events: Memories, Stories and Art

Huang Lihai was born in the 70s in Xuwen county, the southernmost tip of the Chinese mainland. His poems have been included in more than one hundred anthologies and he has published a number of poetry collections, including I Know Little about Life, Feed Rainbows to the Birds and Who Can Outrun Lightning. He has written essays and critiques on art, dance, film, and poetry. In 1999, he founded Poetry and People journal and in 2005 established the Poetry and People International Poetry Award. He has won a number of prizes, including the 8th Lu Xun Literature and Arts Award, Phoenix TV’s Annual Artist Award, the Lebanon International Literary Award and the first Hai Zi Poetry Award. He is currently the editor of China and Western Poetry Magazine.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Mathilde Walter Clark

Events: Memories, Stories and Art, Empathy on the Page, Landscape, Place, Memory and Belonging, The Writer Lies Within

Mathilde Walter Clark is an author and essayist who was born and raised in Denmark with her Danish mother, but spent summers in St. Louis with her American father. She has a Master’s in Danish and Philosophy from Roskilde University and New York University. Her debut novel Thorsten Madsen’s Ego was published in 2004, and she has since published the novels Priapus, Cast, and the short story collections Disorder of Things and Grim Stories. Her latest novel, Lone Star, is about a father and a daughter and everything that separates them. It is about family, belonging and about overcoming enormous distances. A number of her stories have been translated into English and appeared in Iowa ReviewAbsinthe, Chattanooga Review, The Literary Review, Asymptote and other publications. In 2006, she was awarded the Carlsberg Foundation prize as “Discovery of the Year”. The same year she was awarded the Danish Art Foundation’s prestigious Three-Year Scholarship.

Guangzhou

Wang Zhezhu

Events: Memories, Stories and Art

Wang Zhezhu is from Guangzhou and is a member of the Chinese Writers Association. Her short stories and novellas have appeared in many leading journals and been widely anthologized, including in the 2012 Chinese Best Novella Selection. Her novels include Laozhai, Glazed Summer, and Long River, which won the 2016 Dali Cup, and The Train that Stopped, which won the China Bookworm Literary Award.

Guangzhou

Huang Jingtao

Events: Memories, Stories and Art

Huang Jingtao is a novelist, founder of Canopy Culture and Future Literature Studio, and chief content officer of Southern Elite Media. He previously worked for the Southern Weekend Newspaper and was deputy editor of the Famous Brand magazine. His stories have appeared in publications such as People's Literature, Flower City and Writer. His published work includes the story collection Flowers and Tongues and the novel Pull-ups. He won the 2010 People's Literature Award.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Jussi Valtonen

Events: Writers of the World, Deep, Dark and Human, They Know Not What They Do, Language and Literature

Jussi Valtonen is an author and psychologist from Helsinki, Finland. He studied neuropsychology in the United States and film screenwriting in the UK. He has published three novels, a short story collection and co-authored a book of non-fiction. His latest novel, They Know Not What They Do, was awarded the Finlandia Prize, the country’s highest-profile literary award. Translation rights for the novel have been acquired for ten languages, including English, French, German, Vietnamese and Chinese. He currently lives in New York.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Pierre Mejlak

Events: Writers of the World, Fine-tuning the Craft, Landscape, Place, Memory and Belonging, Global Voices, Local Stories

Pierre Mejlak is a Maltese author, most known for his collection of short stories Having Said Goodnight. The book earned him the European Union Prize for Literature in 2014 and has since been translated into 13 languages. His works, which include a novel, two collections of short stories and a number of books for children, have been widely translated, and have inspired a TV series, two short films and a number of theatrical performances. Pierre has lived in Belgium since 2004.

Guangzhou

Sun Pin

Events: Writers of the World, The Author’s Way

Sun Pin was born in 1983 and is a professional writer with the Jiangsu Writing Association. Her novels include Pictures from the Pine Forest Banquet, Pain and Salt. She has featured in the Best Chinese Novels of the Year in 2013, 2016 and 2017, she has won the Novel Monthly Report Award, the Hua Cheng Literary Award and the Zijin Literary Award, among others.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Wang Weilian

Events: Writers of the World, Language and Literature

Wang Weilian, born in 1982, graduated from Sun Yat-sen University with a Ph.D. in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature and he is a member of the Chinese Writers Association. His work has appeared in Harvest, October, Writer and other prestigious journals and have appeared in several anthologies. He is the author of the novel The Rescued, and a number of story collections including Inside Face, Illegal Stay, Listening to the Sound of Salt Growing and Life Lessons. He teaches creative writing at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. His awards to date include the Zijin People's Literature Star Award, the Literature Port Chujiwang Literature Award, the October Literature Award, the Huacheng Literature Award, and the Guangdong Lu Xun Literature Award.

Guangzhou

Xie Youshun

Events: Writers of the World, Deep, Dark and Human

Xie Youshun is a Professor and Ph.D with the Chinese Department of Sun Yat-Sen University. He is also the vice president of the Chinese Novel Society and the vice chairman of the Guangdong Writers Association. He has received several academic accolades including being selected as a young Yangtze Scholar by the Ministry of Education, appointed as one of the Excellent Talents in the New Century, a Famous Cultural Talent, a special professor of Pearl River Scholars in Guangdong Province, and a Leading Cultural Talent in Guangdong Province. He has published more than a dozen books such as Becoming a Novelist and Literature and Its Creation. Awards for his writing include the Feng Mu Literature Award and the Zhuang Zhongwen Literature Award.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Wojciech Jagielski

Events: How to Tell the Tale: Exploring Multiple Avenues, Empathy on the Page, History, Culture and the Creative Process, Why We Write

Wojciech Jagielski (born 1960) is a Polish journalist, correspondent and writer who has won acclaim for his reports on journeys to the world's worst trouble spots. He has reported mainly from conflict zones in the Transcaucasus, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa, and he worked for the Polish Press Agency and Gazeta Wyborcza before joining the weekly Tygodnik Powszechny. His books include A Good Place To Die (about his years travelling through the Caucasus and Transcaucasian regions during the fall of the Soviet Empire), Prayer for The Rain (on Afghanistan), Towers Of Stone (on Chechnya), The Night Wanderers (about child soldiers in Uganda), Burning the Grass (on post-apartheid South Africa), and East of The West (on old hippies and war correspondents).

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Mineke Schipper

Events: How to Tell the Tale: Exploring Multiple Avenues, Writing: A Spotlight on Society’s Soul, Igniting the Creative Spark, What Do We Share?

Mineke Schipper is a multi award-winning author of academic books, essays and novels. For her internationally acclaimed non-fiction book Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from Around the World she received the Eureka Award in 2005 for best non-fiction book. It has been translated all over the world and new translations continue to appear. Among her other books are Naked or Covered: A History of Dressing and Undressing Around the World, and her latest title A History of Power and Powerlessness, which considers how and why the female body has been desired, admired, used and abused since time immemorial. Four of her books have been translated into Chinese. She is a Research Scholar at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society and Emeritus Professor of Intercultural Literary Studies at the University of Leiden.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Wang Shiyue

Events: How to Tell the Tale: Exploring Multiple Avenues, The Writer Lies Within

Wang Shiyue, a novelist, editor and artist, was born in Hubei province in 1972 and lives in Guangzhou. He is a member of the Chinese Writers Association, vice chairman of the Guangdong Writers Association and deputy editor-in-chief of Works magazine. His key works include the novels Irritableness, Zone 31, None, Rice Island, People who Collect Footprints and Living Things; the science fiction work If the End of the Day is Indefinite; the short story collections National Order, Requiem, Our Sin; and the essay collection Father and Son’s War. He won the 5th Lu Xun Literature Award, the People’s Literature Award, the Annual Novella Award, the Future Top 20 Award, among others. His writing has been translated into English, Russian, Spanish, Italian and other languages and some of his works have been adapted into movies. As an artist, he has featured in several exhibitions and he has had a solo exhibition of his work.

Guangzhou

Chen Chongzheng

Events: How to Tell the Tale: Exploring Multiple Avenues, Global Voices, Local Stories

Chen Chongzheng, born in Chaozhou, Guangdong province in 1983, is a novelist who has written several books including the Art of Folding, Body Separation of Black Mirror, Half Step Village Narrative and Fear Get Black Wings. He is a member of the Chinese Writers Association, the deputy editor of Huacheng magazine and is also serving as a creative instructor at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Liu Weiming

Events: How to Tell the Tale: Exploring Multiple Avenues, Why We Write

Liu Weiming is director of the Literature and Periodical Department of the Southern Metropolis Daily, and final jury member and secretary General of the Chinese Literature and Media Awards. He has published stories and essays widely and his books include Let's Have a Good Look at History and Ask for Learning.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Doina Rusti

Events: Fine-tuning the Craft, Our Writing Lives, Experimenting with Language and Style, Language and Literature

Doina Rusti is among the most important contemporary Romanian writers and is widely appreciated for the epic force, originality and erudition of her novels. Award winning and translated into many languages, she has written ten novels, including The Phantom in the Mill (2008), The Phanariot Manuscript (2015), Lizoanca (2009), Zogru (2006), and The Book of Perilous Dishes (2017). Doina lives in Bucharest, and is a university professor and screenwriter. http://doinarusti.ro

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Wei Wei

Events: Fine-tuning the Craft, Language and Literature

Wei Wei was born in 1970 and is a critically acclaimed novelist. Her works have featured in the Best Chinese Novels of the Year on seven occasions. She won the 3rd Lu Xun Literature Award, the China Fiction Society Award, the Zhuang Zhongwen Literature Award, the Chinese Literature Media Award, the Annual Novelist Award, and the Feng Mu Literature Award, among others. Her work has been translated into several languages including English, French, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Russian, Polish, Greek, Spanish and Serbian. She currently works for the Guangdong Writers Association.

Guangzhou

Zhu Wenying

Events: Fine-tuning the Craft, Empathy on the Page

The works of author and Shanghai native Zhu Wenying - including Aunt Lily's Small Nambang, Madam Dai and Blue, and High Heels - have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Some of her stories have been translated into English, French, Japanese, Russian, German, and Korean. Her short story, Ephemeral Life, was published in the 2005 Blood Ties: Writing Across Chinese Borders issue of MANOA, the literary journal of the University of Hawaii Press. In 2014, Zhu Wenying received the Annual People's Literature Prize. Her peers have expressed appreciation for her work’s “renewal of a refined sensibility characteristic of Southern China”. She currently serves as Vice Chairperson of the Suzhou Writers Association and also works as an art curator and critic.

Guangzhou

Shen Xiayan

Events: Fine-tuning the Craft

Shen Xiayan holds a doctorate in Literature and is currently a professor at Jinan University’s College of Liberal Arts engaged in contemporary Chinese literary criticism and cultural studies. Her titles include Consumer, Memory and Narrative and Second Reality, and she has published more than sixty academic papers to date. She has previously worked with Flower City magazine, the Chinese college of Guangdong’s University of Foreign Studies, and served as vice-chair of the Guangdong Provincial Literary Critics Association. She was the seventh visiting researcher of the China Modern Literature Museum, and the first Guangdong provincially signed literary critic.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Helena von Zweigbergk

Events: Deep, Dark and Human, Our Writing Lives, Igniting the Creative Spark, Why We Write

Helena von Zweigbergk is a well-known author and radio host in Sweden. She has written ten novels, mostly about close relationships and families in crisis. She started out as an author of crime novels, but in 2008 she left the criminal genre when she made her literary breakthrough with the hugely successful and praised novel From the Mouth of the Volcano. Now she has a big audience in Sweden and garners good reviews. Her latest novel, The Heart Echoes (2013) is her first novel translated into English.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Zheng Xiaolu

Events: Deep, Dark and Human, Why We Write

Zheng Xiaolu (originally Zhang Peng), was born in Hunan in 1986. He has written many novels such as The Nursery Rhymes of 1921, The Ant King and The Winter of Riding the Goose. He has won several awards for his writing including the Shanghai Literature Award, the Hunan Youth Literature Award, the Mao Zedong Literature Award, Zijin·People Literary Star Short Story Award, Top Story Selection Excellent Novella Award and the Nanhai Literature Award. Some of his works have been translated into English, Japanese and Czech. He is the editor of The End of the World literary magazine.

Guangzhou

Sheng Hui

Events: Deep, Dark and Human

Sheng Hui, a writer and an art critic, was born in Yixing, Jiangsu province in 1978. His main works include the novel Bai Mang, the story collection Moonlight in the Water Tank and the essay collection A Wind in the Past. His writing has appeared in October, People’s Literature and other major publications, and some of his works have been translated into English, Russian, Japanese, Hungarian and Mongolian. He is the vice chair of the Foshan Writers Association.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Diana Evans

Events: The Author’s Way, Writing: A Spotlight on Society’s Soul, History, Culture and the Creative Process, The Writer Lies Within

Diana Evans is a British author of Nigerian and English descent. Her bestselling novel, 26a, won the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers and the British Book Awards deciBel Writer of the Year prize. It was also shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel, the Guardian First Book, the Commonwealth Best First Book and the Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough awards, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her second novel, The Wonder, was also published to critical acclaim and is under option for BBC television dramatisation. She is a former dancer, and as a journalist and critic has written widely across the national press. Currently an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths University, she holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Her third novel, Ordinary People, received an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award and was longlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction. She lives in London.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Shi Bin

Events: The Author’s Way, Why We Write

Shi Bin is a native of Chaozhou, Guangdong. He is a member of the Chinese Writers Association, deputy director of the Guangdong Poetry Creation Committee, deputy director of the Poetry Essay Committee of the Chinese Literature and Art Review Base of Jinan University, and president of the Dongdangzi Poetry Promotion Association. He is currently working for the College of Literature of the Guangdong Writers Association. He is the author of The Logger, The World of Dreams and Its Notifications, The Silence of the Sea, The Scale of Criticism and many other works.

Guangzhou

Guo Shuang

Events: The Author’s Way

Guo Shuang, born in Guizhou in 1984, graduated from the Chinese Department of Xiamen University and worked in the Southern Metropolis Daily. Her novels and non-fiction works have been published in such publications as Harvest, Contemporary, Writer and Shanghai Literature, and were anthologised by Fiction Monthly, Sinan Literature Selection and Changjiang Literature, among others. She was awarded the Robert Bosch Foundation “Unbounded Walker” Creation Scholarship (2015), the 7th Chinese World Film Novel Award (2017), and the 2nd Mountain Flower Biennial Award Newcomer Award (2018). Her story collection Getting into the Flame at Noon and her non-fiction title I am Willing to Learn to Tremble are forthcoming.

Guangzhou

Deng Yiguang

Events: Empathy on the Page

Deng Yiguang, of Mongolian ethnicity, was born in 1956 and now lives in Shenzhen. He has published 10 novels and more than 20 shorter stories. His novels I am the Sun and I am my God, as well as several stories, have been translated overseas into English, French, German, Russian, Japanese and Korean. He won the first Lu Xun Literature Award, the first Feng Mu Literature Award, the first Lin Jizhen short story outstanding writer award, the first Rou Shi Literature Award, the 2nd National Book Award, the 3rd People's Literature Award and the 3rd Yu Dafu Novel Award, among other literary awards.

Guangzhou

Nan Xiang

Events: Empathy on the Page

Nan Xiang is a professor at the School of Literature at Shenzhen University. He is the author of 10 novels including Southern Love, Woman's Sunflower, Rebellion and Flying and Green Leather Car. He has won the Zhuangzhong Literature Award, the 7th Lu Xun Literature Award, the 10th Shanghai Literature Award, the 6th and 7th Lu Xun Short Story Nomination Award, among other awards.  Several of his short stories were listed in the annual Chinese Fiction Rankings in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Shenzhen

Xu Dong

Events: Writing: A Spotlight on Society’s Soul

Xu Dong was born in Yucheng, Shandong Province in 1975 and now lives in Shenzhen. He studied at Shaanxi Normal University, did a postgraduate class at Shenzhen University, and a high-level class of 27 writers at Lu Xun College of Literature. He previously worked for Youth Literature and Selected Novels and is now the editor of Working Literature Weekly. He is a member of the Chinese Writers Association and his works have appeared in Fiction Selection, Fiction Monthly, Chinese Literature Selection, Changjiang Literature and Art, among others, and have entered the annual national selection. His story collections include The Distance of Ouzhu, Tibet · World, Trains Passed on the Earth, New Life, Imagined Tibet, and the novels Change Tiger, We, Ode to Joy and Old Love and Memories. He was awarded the Best Short Story Award by Sina, the 5th Shenzhen Youth Literature Award, and the 10th Lu Xun Literature Award of Guangdong Province. Some of the works have been translated overseas.

Shenzhen

Chen Zaijian

Events: Writing: A Spotlight on Society’s Soul

Chen Zaijian – born in 1982 in Lufeng, Guangdong, is a member of the China Writers Association and a writer of the Guangdong Academy of Arts. His works have been published in People's Literature, Contemporary, October, Zhongshan, etc, and have been often selected by Fiction Selection, Fiction Monthly and Xinhua Digest. He has published the novel Six Songs and the story collections A Bird's Feet, People who Like to Wipe their Face, You Don't Know Where to Turn, Green Fish and Protection. His awards include the seventh Fiction Selection, the 2015 Newcomer Award, the Guangdong Short Story Award, and the Shenzhen Youth Literature Award.

Shenzhen

Zhang Hong

Events: Writing: A Spotlight on Society’s Soul, They Know Not What They Do, The Writer Lies Within

Zhang Hong is a writer, editor and curator who has more than 10 years of experience in organising literary events. She has published the essay collections A Polyphony on the Fingertips, Background of Shambhala, Yes, I am a Witch and Every Face is a Book; a biography of Gao Jianfu; and literary criticism such as Editor's Notes and The Mark on the Earth - Fifty Homes of Chinese Strength. She is currently the deputy director and deputy editor of Guangzhou Literature and Art Newspaper.

Shenzhen

Wu Jun

Events: Our Writing Lives, History, Culture and the Creative Process

Wu Jun, a native of Po Town in Hebei now living in Shenzhen, writes stories and novels that are obsessed with the Shenzhen narrative. Her stories have appeared in journals such as People's Literature, October and Beijing Literature, and have appeared in many anthologies. Her main titles include We Are Not Human, Dear Shenzhen and Queen's Road, and she has written widely for TV and film. Some of her works have been translated into English, Russian and minority languages ​​in China. She twice won the First Chinese Novel award, and her other awards include the 15th Fiction Awards, the Beijing Literature Award, the Urban Literature Biennial Award, and the Guangdong Lu Xun Literature Award.

Shenzhen

Dai Bin

Events: Our Writing Lives

Dai Bin was born in Pingjing in Hunan in 1968 and is now a writer and a member of the Chinese People’s Consultative Political Conference of Bao’an in Shenzhen. His works have appeared widely in literary publications such as People's Literature, Everyone, Jiangnan, Great Wall and Novel Circle. His published fiction works include Open the Dictionary, I Look so Easy, am I Easy, Men’s Rivers and Lakes, Women’s Rivers and Lakes; and the essay collection On the Tip of the Tongue of Homesickness. He has won the third SAR Literature Award, the Shenzhen Literature Award, and the Long Reportage Award of the National Industrial Workers Literature Competition, among other prizes. In 2012, he was named one of the “50 outstanding figures in the 20th anniversary of Bao’an District”.

Shenzhen, Guangzhou

Tang Xiaolin

Events: Our Writing Lives, Igniting the Creative Spark

Tang Xiaolin was born in Yibin City, Sichuan Province in 1959. He has published several collections of literary criticism and his work has appeared in many journals including Contemporary Literary World, Southern Literary World and Chinese Modern Literature Research Series. His essays were selected in the annual China Essay Rankings in 2014 and 2017, among many other selections. In 2012, he won the Journal of Literature and New Criticism’s Newcomer Award, and in 2015 he was awarded the “Important Author Award” for the 30th anniversary of the publication of Literary Free Talk.

Shenzhen

Cai Dong

Events: Landscape, Place, Memory and Belonging

Cai Dong was born in Shandong and is now living in Shenzhen. She holds a master’s degree in literature and is currently teaching at Shenzhen Vocational and Technical College, and is concurrently serving as vice-chair of the Shenzhen Writers Association. Her work has appeared widely in publications such as People's Literature, Contemporary, End of the World, Harvest, October, Guangming Daily, Chinese Writer etc. Some of her work has been translated overseas, and she won the Most Promising Newcomer Award in the Chinese Literature Media Awards, October Literature Award, among other prizes. In recent years she has focused on the creation of short stories and considers it to be "a new force of literature that can really be expected."

Shenzhen

Pang Bei

Events: Landscape, Place, Memory and Belonging

Pang Bei is an author, playwright, screenwriter who was born in Qingdao, Shandong, in 1966. He graduated from the Foreign Languages School of the People's Liberation Army in 1985 with a degree in English Literature, after which he joined the People's Liberation Army’s general staff. He is currently a member of the Chinese Writers Association and a contract writer with the Guangdong Institute of Literature. His novels include The Endless Collection, which was a finalist in the 9th Mao Dun Literature Awards and won the Top 10 Chinese Literature Overseas award, the Chinese Writers award, the Jianmenguan Literature Award, Asia Weekly Global Top Ten Chinese Novel award, and the Tencent Culture Annual Chinese Good Book Award. His stage play Mr Zhuang was listed among China’s Small Theater Drama Annual Box Office TOP10, and it won the 10th Cross-Straits Chinese Drama Festival Award, while his screenplay Shanghai King won best original screenplay at the Best Venture Capital Screen Award at the 44th Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival.

Shenzhen

Bi Liang

Events: Landscape, Place, Memory and Belonging

Bi Liang, born in 1981, is from Anxiang County, Hunan Province, and now lives in Shenzhen. He has published short stories widely, and his works have been selected for annual anthologies. The short story collection In Shenzhen was selected into the 21st Century Literature Star Series, The City on the Map was selected in Shenzhen's New Novels. He is a member of the Chinese Writers Association and was a member of the class of the 7th Senior Seminar of Lu Xun College of Literature. He won the 2008 Changjiang Literature and Art Literature Award, the 10th (2010) Works Literature Award and the 10th Ding Ling Literature Award, among other prizes. Some of his works have been adapted into films.

Shenzhen

Xie Hong

Events: History, Culture and the Creative Process

Xie Hong is a novelist and poet. He was born in Canton and graduated from East China Normal University with an economics degree in Shanghai, before spending a long time in New Zealand where he studied in the English department of the Waikato Institute of Technology. He began writing poetry in 1985, but turned his attention to fiction in 1993. He has authored 15 books and his short stories have appeared in English magazines World Literature Today, Pathlight and Renditions. His first English novel Mao's Town had been published in April 2018. He lives in Shenzhen.

Shenzhen

Wei Ya

Events: History, Culture and the Creative Process

Wei Ya, formerly known as Xiao Yongliang, is a native of Hunan, and now lives in Shenzhen. He has published a story collection and more than one million characters in literary journals such as People's Literature, Flower City and Chinese Writers. Some of his works have been reprinted by the magazine Fiction and Fiction Monthly. The short story The Sound of Heaven won the second Moutai Cup and Fiction Selection annual literature award. His novellas have won the 6th Shenzhen Youth Literature Award and Chu Jiwang Literature Award.

Guangzhou

Du Lulu

Events: Experimenting with Language and Style

Du Lulu, originally from Hefei in Anhui, began writing poetry in 2004. Her collections include Approximate, Adventure Island, She Didn't Meet the Brown Horse and Let's Talk about the Suitable Flame. She has won the Pearl River International Poetry Festival Young Poet Award, the October Poetry Award, and the Modern Chinese Biennial Top Ten award, amongst others. She has also been actively involved in public welfare projects providing books for underprivileged rural children. Du Lulu is now working and living in Guangzhou.

Guangzhou

Zhang Er

Events: Experimenting with Language and Style

Zhang Er is a poet and founder of Enclave bookshop, gallery and events space in Shenzhen. He has published several poetry collections and his work has been translated into English, French and Swedish, and he has participated in poetry festivals in France and Sweden, among others. In 2018 he was awarded the Chinese Poetry Writing Award by the Henry Rus Foundation in the US and he was poet-in-residence at the Vermont Creative Centre. As a poetry editor, he was awarded the Poetry East West editorial award.

Guangzhou

Li Songzhang

Events: Experimenting with Language and Style

Li Songzhang graduated from the Heilongjiang Provincial Art School in 1984 and is a member of the Chinese Writers Association. He has been writing since 1981 and has published several prose poetry collections including Cold Stone, The Core of Fables, Angry Butterfly and Meeting in Time. His story collections include On the Shadow. His work has appeared in Poetry, Poetry Selection, Youth Literature, China Time, Flower City, and other domestic and foreign publications. His work has featured in several collections and anthologies including 10 Years of Prose Poems, Selected 100 Prose Poems, Appreciation of Chinese and Foreign Prose Poems and 60 Years of Prose Poems. The Angry Butterfly was published in Taiwan in 2001, while some of his works have been translated into Russian, Japanese, Serbian, and English. He has won the 4th Shenzhen Youth Literature Award, the Tianma Prose Poem Award, and the 2018 China-Prose Poetry Award. He is currently living in Shenzhen.

Guangzhou

Huang Canran

Events: Igniting the Creative Spark

Huang Canran is a poet, translator and critic who was born in 1963 in Quanzhou, Fujian, and now lives in Shenzhen in Dongbei Village. From 1990 to 2014 he was the international news translator for Hong Kong’s Ta Kung Pao newspaper. In 2011, he won the Chinese Poetry Media Awards Annual Poet Award, and this year he won the One Year's Gratitude Award as part of the One-Way Street Literature Award. His recent translations have included works by Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Abbas Kiarostami and Bertolt Brecht.

Guangzhou

Yang Zhengguang

Events: Igniting the Creative Spark

Yang Zhengguang was born in 1957 in Shaanxi province and graduated from the Department of Chinese Studies of Shandong University in 1982. He is a critically acclaimed novelist, poet and screen writer. His books include the titles The Voice of the Earth, Bird from the South, Old Dan is a Tree, Black Scenery, The Coffin Shop, The More I Live the More I Understand, and It Started with Two Eggs. He has written the script for several major movies including The Swordsman in Double-Flag Town and An Innocent Babbler, and for TV he has written several series including Heroes of the Marshes, and was the executive director of Years of Burning Passions. He is currently a professional writer with the Shenzhen Federation of Literary and Art Circles (SFLAC), and the vice-chairman of Shenzhen Writers Association and Shenzhen Film and TV Artist Association.

Guangzhou, Shenzhen

Hu Chuanji

Events: What Do We Share?, Language and Literature

Hu Chuanji is professor and PhD with the Chinese Department of Sun Yat-Sen University and her main academic interest is on the history of Chinese literary thought and modern academic history. Her books include Chinese Cultural Thoughts (2018), Red House Four Theories (2017), Legend of Literature (2017), The End of Liberal Literary Ideals (2012) and Love and Crime in Chinese Novels (2011). She has published more than 70 academic papers and has published literary and cultural commentary widely in leading Chinese newspapers.

Shenzhen

Zheng Xiaoqiong

Events: The Writer Lies Within

Zheng Xiaoqiong was born in Nanchong in Sichuan in 1980 and she moved to the south of China in 2001. Her works have appeared widely in prestigious journals such as People’s Literature, Poetry and Independence. She has published several poetry collections including Women’s Works and Huang Maling and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. Her awards include the People’s Literature Award and the Zhuangzhong Literature Award, and her works have been translated into English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Turkish among other languages.

Guangzhou

Jiu Haitang

Events: Global Voices, Local Stories

Jiu Haitang, whose real name is Welling, was born in 1979. Her work has appeared in Harvest, People's Literature and October, and was selected in the "Harvest Literature Rankings" novella list. She was awarded the Guangdong Youth Literature Award, the Guangdong Provincial Literature Short Story Award, and the 6th West Lake China New Literature Award. She has published story collections Meeting Mr. Mu and Returning to Xiangsi.

Guangzhou

Huang Jingtao

Events: Global Voices, Local Stories

Huang Jingtao is a novelist, founder of Canopy Culture and Future Literature Studio, and chief content officer of Southern Elite Media. He previously worked for the Southern Weekend Newspaper and was deputy editor of the Famous Brand magazine. His stories have appeared in publications such as People's Literature, Flower City and Writer. His published work includes the story collection Flowers and Tongues and the novel Pull-ups. He won the 2010 People's Literature Award.

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