British literature is currently in a particularly vibrant period with many energetic and innovative works filling and enriching the modern British literary scene. The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy warmly invites, three British writers, to visit China this March to present a series of exciting literature activities. Among the group are, Hilary Spurling, the distinguished biographer of the legendary writer Pearl Buck, and two representatives of the UK’s new writings, Simon Van Booy and Andrew O’Hagan. They will visit Beijing and Shanghai to meet with Chinese readers face to face, and share the living stories in their writing careers.
Stories about love: Simon Van Booy in conversation with Zhang Yueran
Date & Time: 6 March, 2011, 15:00-17:00
Venue: One Way Street Library, Beijing
Stories about love: Simon Van Booy in conversation with Zhou Jianing
Date & Time: 12 March, 2011, 15:00
Venue: Changning District Library
Simon Van Booy has published two collections of short stories, The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter (which won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award). In his novels, love is always the theme: Why We Fight, Why We Need Love, and Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter.
He has lived in New York City since 2000, and has lectured at schools and universities in the United States and the United Kingdom, and teaches part-time at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is an advocate of education as a means of social reform. (Portrait credit: John Minihan)
Blurring the Boundaries - Andrew O'Hagan on memoir, essays and fiction
Date & Time: 12 March, 2011, 16:00-18:00
Venue: One Way Street Library
Named one of the "Best of Young British Novelists" by Granta (a quarterly journal of new fiction), Andrew O'Hagan is known as a writer who pushes the conventional limits of literary genre, blurring the boundaries between fiction, memoir, documentary and journalism. His work is characterised by its sensitivity and political, historical and cultural engagement, depicting lives across social classes: Catholic priests, working class children, labourers, celebrities and intellectuals. Also one of the UK's finest essayists, O'Hagan's oeuvres as a whole offers great insight into contemporary Britain. (Portrait credit: Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie)
Deep into Pearl Buck: Hilary Spurling in conversation with Prof. Guo Yingjian
Date: 17 March, 2011
Venue: Minzu University of China
Hilary Spurling, a British distinguished biographer, has rediscovered the life of the Nobel Price winner and civil rights campaigner Pearl Buck. Spurling will be in conversation with Professor Guo Yingjian from Minzu University of China, who is also an expert on Pearl Buck studies. Afterward, Spurling will continue her journey to Shanghai and join another literature event hosted by the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General. (Portrait credit: Graeme Robertson)
Hilary Spurling’s Journey to Shanghai
Date: 20 March, 2011
Venue: Shanghai International Studies University (Song Jiang Branch)
Hilary Spurling is the author of The Unknown Matisse and Matisse the Master which won the Whitbread Book of the Year and the Los Angeles Times biography prize in 2005. Her biography of Ivy Compton-Burnett won the Heinemann and Duff Cooper prizes and Burying the Bones was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2010. She has also written lives of Paul Scott, La Grande Thérèse (Profile) and Sonia Orwell. She has been theatre critic and literary editor of the Spectator, and a lead book reviewer for the Observer and Telegraph. She founded the Royal Literary Fund’s Fellowship Scheme for writers, and lives in London.
Spurling will give presentation at Shanghai International Studies University on 20th March, sharing ideas on characters in biography and stories behind the scene. Please visit our Douban site to know how to join. (Portrait credit: Graeme Robertson)
In addition, Spurling will be joining in Shanghai International Literary Festival on 19th March. (For more information on Festival please visit http://www.m-restaurantgroup.com/mbund/literary-festival.html)