Chinese Writers Festival announced

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Writers Victoria

Photo of Xu Xi in front of a graffiti wall
Xu Xi (photo by Paul Hilton)

Writers Victoria, Australia Chinese Writers Festival and Yarra Libraries are proud to present a new Chinese Writers Festival to be held on Sunday 28th August 2016 at Richmond Library.

The completely bilingual festival will include a mix of keynotes and panels featuring local and international guests, including Chekhov Literature Award winner Lei Tao (Xi'an), Xu Xi (New York and Hong Kong), local writers Alice Pung, Ouyang Yu, Belinda Jiang, Wang Ruobing and more.

The festival will celebrate Chinese and Chinese-Australian writing from the mountains to the sea. It aims to showcase Chinese-Australian literary achievements and celebrate diversity in Melbourne’s cultural landscape. 

“Chinese-Australians now comprise the largest migrant community in Melbourne,” said Writers Victoria Director Kate Larsen. “But while being recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature, the majority of Melbourne’s literary activity takes place in English within the central business district.”

“Having invited prominent writers from major Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai in the past, this Festival will present a fresh literary angle showcasing remote north-western region of the country,” said May Hu, Chair of the Australian Chinese Writers Festival. 

By delivering a bilingual event for writers, readers and translators within the heart of the Richmond community, the Chinese Writers Festival aims to extend the reach of the city’s literary offer and engage audiences and participants that may otherwise miss out. The event will take place as part of Yarra Libraries’ Chinese Reading Month.

Full program coming soon. For more information or to book your place, visit our Calendar.

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.

The Chinese Writers Festival is presented in partnership with Aust-China Writers Association, Chinese Poets & Authors Society of Victoria, Melbourne Chinese Writers Friendship Association, Yarra Libraries, Writers Victoria, Melbourne Writers Festival, WrICE and Peril magazine. The festival is made possible by the support of Creative Victoria and the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office.