Last night, I was among a bunch ‘handpicked’ writers for a special event entitled ‘Women of Letters’, which celebrates the lost art of letter writing in an age of instagram and twitter. Each writer read out a personal letter. Malay writer Bernice Chauly talked humorously about menopause while Australian Kate Holden, who is known for… Continue reading Women of Letters
The best session at Ubud festival so far was the first one this morning by Canadian/Chinese Madeleine Thien about her new novel Do not Say We Have Nothing. It was shortlisted by Man Booker prize in 2016 and won several other rewards – deservingly. I was recommended by a few literary friends. I started to… Continue reading M
This afternoon I had the great honor and pleasure to share a stage with Jung Chang, the famous author of the Wild Swans, talking about women in China, as part of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. She is a fabulous story teller and speaker. I am impressed. A large and enthusiastic audience – mostly… Continue reading Sharing a stage with jung Chang
Delighted that my event The Hidden Stories at the south bank center in London, in conversation with brilliant writer Guo Xiaolu, moderated by fabulous translator Nicky Harman, went very well. Packed house, enthusiast audience. So grateful to my friends in UK who came to show their support. Thank you all.
What a pretty place The University of Nottingham is! I gave a lecture here yesterday about the changing role of women in China and the setbacks brought by the market economy.