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

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November 20, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Guangzhou

Sisyphe Books (Joy City Jiang'An Branch)

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Memories, Stories and Art

Speakers: Antonis Georgiou, Huang Lihai, Mathilde Walter Clark, Wang Zhezhu, Huang Jingtao

How do writers take their own life experiences, and what they learn of the experiences of others, and utilize aspects of all that in the creation of works of art? How do these melded and meshed, lived, borrow and imagined experiences take on a life of their own and become a nascent entity? To discuss their own processes and writing experiences we will be joined by European Union Prize for Literature winner Antonis Georgiou (Cyprus); poet, essayist and Lu Xun Literature and Arts Award Winner Huang Lihai (China); author and essayist Mathilde Walter Clark (Denmark); and short story writer and novelist Wang Zhezhu (China). In conversation with Huang Jingtao, author and founder of Canopy Culture and Future Literature Studio. <style>body { color:red } </style>

November 20, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Guangzhou

Yan Ji You (K11 Branch)

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Writers of the World

Speakers: Jussi Valtonen, Pierre Mejlak, Sun Pin, Wang Weilian, Xie Youshun

Leading writers from China, Finland and Malta will discuss their work, their writing lives, their sources of inspiration from their own country and beyond, and the role they see literature playing in the modern era around the world. Participating in this discussion are best-selling novelist Jussi Valtonen from Finland; Pierre Mejlak from Malta, a winner European Union Prize for Literature; and from China, award-winning writer Sun Pin, and novelist, short story writer and academic Wang Weilan. In conversation with author and literary academic Xie Youshun.

November 20, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Guangzhou

Zhong Shu Ge (Jing’an Temple branch)

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How to Tell the Tale: Exploring Multiple Avenues

Speakers: Wojciech Jagielski, Mineke Schipper, Wang Shiyue, Chen Chongzheng, Liu Weiming

A story can be told through numerous art forms, a multitude of genres and in infinite nuanced manners. The question of whose perspective the story is told from is also often pivotal, as is the aspect to be given the prominent focus. To talk about how they approach creative projects, and what decisions they tend to make in the process, we will be joined by novelist and literary journal editor Chen Chongzheng (China); author of academic books, essays and novels Mineke Schipper (The Netherlands); novelist, editor and artist Wang Shiyue (China), and journalist, correspondent and writer Wojciech Jagielski (Poland). In conversation with Liu Weiming, author and director of the Literature and Periodical Department of the Southern Metropolis Daily.

November 21, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Guangzhou

Zhong Shu Ge (Jing’an Temple branch)

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Fine-tuning the Craft

Speakers: Doina Rusti, Pierre Mejlak, Wei Wei, Zhu Wenying, Shen Xiayan

How to create something that feels truly original? What makes a story fresh, vivid and memorable? How to develop strong characters and present authentic dialogue that drive the story? And, without divulging too much in the early pages, how can writers most successfully invite the reader to come along with them on a literary journey? To talk about their own writing practices and observations, we present screenwriter and novelist Doina Rusti from Romania; novelist, short story writer and children’s author Pierre Mejlak from Malta; and from China, novelists and short story writers Wei Wei and Zhu Wenying. In conversation with writer and literary academic Shen Xiayan.

November 21, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Guangzhou

Yan Ji You (Raffles City Changning)

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Deep, Dark and Human

Speakers: Helena von Zweigbergk, Jussi Valtonen, Zheng Xiaolu, Sheng Hui, Xie Youshun

Attempting to capture and critique the human condition is an inherent part of writing, just as writing is and of itself a facet of the human condition. Creating complex, fallible, credible characters who – warts and all – can propel the narrative and at the same time tell us something about ourselves and the world we inhabit is a challenge for any writer. To talk about character building and other aspects of the craft, will be Finnish author and psychologist Jussi Valtonen; Swedish journalist, author and film critic Helena von Zweigbergk; and from China, writer and art critic Sheng Hai; and author and literary journal editor Zheng Xiaolu. In conversation with author and literary academic Xie Youshun.

November 21, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Guangzhou

Sisyphe Books (Joy City Jiang'An Branch)

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The Author’s Way

Speakers: Antonis Georgiou, Diana Evans, Shi Bin, Sun Pin, Guo Shuang

Four writers from Cyprus, Britain and China will join this event to talk about how they became writers, and to discuss what encouraged them to take the challenging literary path, their typical writing routines, the highs and lows they have encountered along the way, and how they keep motivated and focused. From Malta, we have Antonis Georgiou, a Cypriot author, poet, playwright and lawyer; Diana Evans, a best-selling British author of Nigerian and English descent; and from China, poet and critic Shi Bin; and acclaimed author from Jiangsu, Sun Pin. In conversation with novelist and non-fiction writer Guo Shuang.

November 23, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Guangzhou

Yan Ji You (Raffles City Changning)

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Empathy on the Page

Speakers: Wojciech Jagielski, Mathilde Walter Clark, Zhu Wenying, Deng Yiguang, Nan Xiang

In an increasingly polarized world it seems empathy is a resource that is in ever scarcer supply. Readers struggle to know who or what to trust in this digital era with media outlets across the globe often accused of bias or “fake news”, and social media platforms commonly becoming hotbeds of vitriol. In this environment, the book publishing world and the fiction and non-fiction writers who have the talent to create texts at the more nuanced, empathetic end of the spectrum have an increasingly vital role to play. In this context, we invite this evening four very talented writers to discuss their writing and how they see it fitting in with the social and geopolitical realities we face. Deng Yiguang is a critically acclaimed and multi award-winning author of Mongolian ethnicity; Mathilde Walter Clark is an author and essayist who had a transatlantic upbringing with a Danish mother and an American father; Wojciech Jagielski is a Polish writer who has spent most of his career in some of the worst conflict zones on the planet; and Zhu Wenying is a widely translated author and curator originally from Shanghai. In conversation with literary academic and award-winning author Nan Xiang.

November 23, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Shenzhen

Zhong Shu Ge (The Summit branch)

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Writing: A Spotlight on Society’s Soul

Speakers: Diana Evans, Mineke Schipper, Xu Dong, Chen Zaijian, Zhang Hong

Both in non-fiction, and in fiction via the characters, the storyline and the setting, literature can often be seen to be shining a vital spotlight on dark corners of society and illuminating pockets of social darkness. In this session, the invited writers will discuss this in relation to their own writing, and also talk about some other writers they have admired for their capacity to truly bare society's soul. Joining the panel will be award-winning novelist and short story writer Chen Zaijian (China); British author Diana Evans; Dutch writer of fiction and non-fiction, Mineke Schipper; and award-winning author and literary journal editor Xu Dong (China).  In conversation with writer, editor and curator Zhang Hong.

November 23, 2018 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Shenzhen

The Suzhou Bookworm

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Our Writing Lives

Speakers: Doina Rusti, Helena von Zweigbergk, Wu Jun, Dai Bin, Tang Xiaolin

Today we welcome four diverse literary talents to talk about their own literary work, how and why they got into a writing career, how they choose their next literary challenges, what challenges they have encountered along the way, and what advice they would offer to aspiring writers. To talk about their writing lives, we welcome Doina Rusti from Romania, who has already published 10 successful novels; Helen von Zwegbergk from Sweden, who was a well-known radio broadcaster before embarking on a literary career; and Chinese author Wu Jun, originally from Hebei, has had her work translated into English, Russian and minority languages in China; and essayist and novelist Dai Bin. In conversation with writer and literary critic Tang Xiaolin.

November 24, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Shenzhen

Zuo Wang Bookhouse

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They Know Not What They Do

Speakers: Jussi Valtonen, Zhang Hong

Jussi Valtonen’s latest novel was a bestseller in his native Finland and has been sold into 10 markets around the world, including China, where it will be soon be published by China International Radio Press (<他们不知道自己在做什么>/中国国际广播出版社). In the novel, the key protagonist Joe Chayefski has got what he always wanted: a reputation as one of America’s top neuroscientists, a beautiful wife and two perfect daughters. But his carefully created ideal is threatened when his lab is targeted by animal rights activists. The attack is followed by a phone call from Joe’s ex-wife in Finland. Two decades have passed since he abandoned Alina and their young son, Samuel, returning to America to advance his career. Now Samuel is somewhere in the States, and Alina fears he is looking for revenge. Jussi Valtonen is a Finnish author and psychologist. He studied neuropsychology in the United States and film screenwriting in the UK. Come and join Jussi as he discusses his book and some of the key themes in it such as family relationships, commercialisation of everyday life, technology, and beliefs and hype about the brain. Jussi will be in discussion with writer, editor and curator Zhang Hong.

November 24, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Shenzhen

The Suzhou Bookworm

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Landscape, Place, Memory and Belonging

Speakers: Mathilde Walter Clark, Pierre Mejlak, Cai Dong, Pang Bei, Bi Liang

In this gathering four leading writers will discuss the extent that landscape, place, memory and a sense of belonging feed into their creative psyches and grounds their writing. They will talk about how they might give priority to certain elements at particular times, and whether they are introduced innately, or are features they select and mold to fit the mood of the piece. To share their thoughts will be short story writer and novelist Mathilde Walter Clark (Denmark); prolific author and academic Cai Dong (China); acclaimed writer, screenwriter Pang Bei (China); and novelist and short story writer Pierre Mejlak (Malta). In conversation with short story writer Bi Liang.

November 24, 2018 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Shenzhen

Zhong Shu Ge (The Summit branch)

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History, Culture and the Creative Process

Speakers: Diana Evans, Wojciech Jagielski, Wu Jun, Xie Hong, Wei Ya

We invite prolific and versatile authors from Poland, the UK and China to discuss today the role history and culture plays in their world view, in general, and in their writing, in particular. They will discuss historical and cultural influences – from the local to the far flung – and how they might leave an imprint on their work. Wojciech Jagielski (Poland) has written from conflict zones in the Transcaucasus, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa; British novelist Diana Evans is of Nigerian and English descent; Author Wu Jun, originally from Hebei, has had her work translated into English, Russian and minority languages ​​in China; and Xie Hong, from Guangdong, is a widely published novelist and poet who has lived in New Zealand for several years. In conversation with author Wei Ya.

November 24, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Guangzhou

Sisyphe Books(Joy City Changfeng Branch)

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Experimenting with Language and Style

Speakers: Antonis Georgiou, Doina Rusti, Du Lulu, Zhang Er, Li Songzhang

Four critically acclaimed writers will consider their own writing and how they experiment with language, form and style to create unique and compelling texts for readers to immerse themselves in. Additionally, they will discuss other innovative writers they have read and admired over the years. On stage, we will be joined by poet, playwright and novelist Antonis Georgiou (Cyprus); author and screenwriter Doina Rusti (Romania); award-winning poet Du Lulu (China); and literary editor and poet Zhang Er (China). In conversation with prose poet Li Songzhang.

November 24, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Guangzhou

Yan Ji You (Raffles City Changning)

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Igniting the Creative Spark

Speakers: Helena von Zweigbergk, Mineke Schipper, Huang Canran, Yang Zhengguang, Tang Xiaolin

Leading writers from Sweden, China and the Netherlands will discuss their work, their writing lives, their sources of inspiration from their own country and beyond, and the role they see literature and screen adaptations playing in the modern era around the world. Participating in this discussion will be broadcaster and novelist Helena von Zweigbergk (Sweden); poet, translator and critic Huang Canran (China); Mineke Schipper (the Netherlands) author of essays, novels and non-fiction titles; and critically acclaimed novelist, poet and screen writer Yang Zhengguang (China). In conversation with writer and literary critic Tang Xiaolin.

November 25, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Guangzhou

Yan Ji You (Raffles City Changning)

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What Do We Share?

Speakers: Mineke Schipper, Hu Chuanji

What do we share? As humans we share the same bodies, and in literature we share some worldwide fundamental genres, such as origin myths and creation stories, stories about the end of humanity, and proverbs. Today, join award-winning Dutch author Mineke Schipper as she draws from her extensive research and critically acclaimed books to ask the question: what do we share? Her books have been translated all over the world, including in China, and include Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from Around the World in which she argues that proverbial messages help us find out to what extent we continue to follow and swallow ideas about masculinities and femininities propagated by our ancestors, or have come to look differently at the world than they did. 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. Mineke will be in conversation with Hu Chuanji, a professor from Sun Yat-Sen University.

November 25, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Shenzhen

Zhong Shu Ge (The Summit branch)

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The Writer Lies Within

Speakers: Diana Evans, Mathilde Walter Clark, Wang Shiyue, Zheng Xiaoqiong, Zhang Hong

It could be argued there is a writer lurking within all of us, but how to locate that creative vein and tap into it? How to coax, nurture and cultivate that latent talent? Today we are joined by four prolific and celebrated writers who will talk about their own backgrounds, how they entered the literary realm, and what lessons they have picked up on their respective journeys so far. On stage will be Diana Evans from the UK, whose debut novel 26a has been translated into 13 languages around the world; Mathilde Walter Clark who has already published four successful novels, two story collections and numerous essays; artist, writer and Lu Xun Literature Prize-winner Wang Shiyue, originally from Hubei, whose writing has been translated into several languages around the world; and People’s Literature Award-winning poet, originally from Sichuan, Zheng Xiaoqiong. In conversation with writer, editor and curator Zhang Hong.

November 25, 2018 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Shenzhen

The Suzhou Bookworm

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Language and Literature

Speakers: Wei Wei, Wang Weilian, Jussi Valtonen, Doina Rusti, Hu Chuanji

Literature is an art form that uses language as its raw material, and when words and phrases are used succinctly in literary works they can acquire a weight and meaning of their own that transcends straight definition. In this session, we will invite the writers to discuss which writers they admire for their use of language, and why; and how they develop and elevate their own language skills in the works they produce. To discuss will be Finnish author Jussi Valtonen; Romanian author Doina Rusti; and from China short story writers and novelists Wang Weilian and Wei Wei. In conversation with writer and literary academic Hu Chuanji.

November 25, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Shenzhen

Zuo Wang Bookhouse

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Why We Write

Speakers: Helena von Zweigbergk, Wojciech Jagielski, Zheng Xiaolu, Shi Bin, Liu Weiming

In this session, prominent authors from Europe and China will discuss their motivations and reasons for writing. The authors will bring their different perspectives to bear on the most crucial questions for any author: Why and when did they decide to embark on a life in literature? What do they see as the goal and purpose of their writing? And what key issues do they face as they develop as writers? Joining the discussion will be Helena von Zweigbergk, who was an established journalist and broadcaster before she started to write best-selling novels; Wojciech Jagielski, who has written books from several conflict zones around the world; and from China, poet and critic Shi Bin; and Zheng Xiaolu, a literary journal editor and award-winning author. In conversation with Liu Weiming, author and director of the Literature and Periodical Department of the Southern Metropolis Daily.

November 25, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Guangzhou

Sisyphe Books (Joy City Jiang'An Branch)

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Global Voices, Local Stories

Speakers: Antonis Georgiou, Pierre Mejlak, Chen Chongzheng, Jiu Haitang, Huang Jingtao

Writers from Cyprus, China and Malta will take the stage to discuss how they present global themes in their writing that are informed by local events and people, and how the narratives can remain relevant even as they transcend borders, cultures and languages. Joining the discussion will be poet playwright and novelist Antonis Georgiou (Cyprus); editor of a literary magazine and novelist Chen Chongzheng (China); writer of children’s books, short stories and novels, Pierre Mejlak (Malta); and award-winning author Jiu Haitang (China). In conversation with Huang Jingtao, author and founder of Canopy Culture and Future Literature Studio.

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