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Australian Writers Week in China

Stellar lineup of authors announced for tenth anniversary

 

Today a stellar lineup of Australian authors is announced for the tenth anniversary edition of Australian Writers Week in China, 10-18 May.

 

Australia’s Ambassador to China HE Ms Jan Adams AO PSM says, “Over the past decade Australian Writers Week in China has seen many of Australia’s most exciting authors travel to China, to share their stories with Chinese audiences and celebrate contemporary Australian writing”.

 

“This tenth anniversary edition will be the biggest yet, as four leading Australian authors will tour bookshops, schools, libraries and universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Hohhot, and Harbin.”

 

The lineup includes internationally renowned author and Man Booker Prize winner Tom Keneally; Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks; king of young adult fiction John Marsden, and highly acclaimed Indigenous children’s author and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft.

 

For over half a decade these authors have won the hearts and minds of readers and critics alike. Tom Keneally, one of Australia's most popular and prolific writers, has published more than 30 novels, dramas, screenplays and books of non-fiction. He was the first Australian to be awarded The Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his 1982 novel, Schindler's Ark, later made into the Academy Award-winning film, Schindler’s List.

 

With a background in journalism, Geraldine Brooks’ novels – including the Pulitzer Prize-winning March, as well as Caleb’s CrossingPeople of the Book, and Year of Wonders – have become international bestsellers with over two million copies sold.

 

John Marsden has written more than 40 books with five million copies sold, including the landmark young fiction Tomorrow series. Also writing for young audiences, Bronwyn Bancroft has authored and illustrated 30 children’s books that explore the beauty of the Australian landscape and her connection to it.

 

The first Chinese publication of Big Rain Coming, a picture book illustrated by Bancroft, will be launched as part of this year’s Australian Writers Week in China. Brooks, Keneally and Marsden have all been published in Chinese translation.

 

Through partnerships with local publishers, retailers, educational and cultural institutions, including the strong network of Australian Studies Centres in Chinese universities, the annual Writers Week raises awareness of the quality and diversity of Australian literature with book-lovers young and old.

 

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS 

 

BEIJING

 

Friday 12 May       

Tom Keneally in Conversation

19:30-21:00                              

The Bookworm, Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Rd, Chaoyang District

老书虫 ,朝阳区三里屯南街4号楼

English /  50 RMB entry (includes a drink)

BOOK NOW

 

Saturday 13 May

John Marsden: A Life in Books                

11:00-12:30    

The Bookworm, Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Rd, Chaoyang District

老书虫 ,朝阳区三里屯南街4号楼

English /  50 RMB entry (includes a drink) / Ages 12yo+

BOOK NOW

John Marsden: Take care, take risks

14:00-15:00    

The Hutong, 1 Jiudaowan Zhongxiang, Beixinqiao, Dongcheng District

北京融汇通文化传播有限公司,东城区北新桥九道湾中巷1号

English /  50 RMB entry (includes a drink)

 

Sunday 14 May

Bronwyn Bancroft: My Life, My Country

19:00-20:00    

BHG Changying Shopping Centre, 17 Chaoyang North Rd, Chaoyang District         

北京华联(常营购物中心), 朝阳区朝阳北路17号       

English & Chinese

 

CHENGDU

 

Sunday 14 May

Geraldine Brooks: At Home in the World

杰拉·布克斯:四海皆为家

15:00-17:00        

Fang Suo Commune Chengdu Store, M68-70, 8 Zhongshamao St, Jinjiang District

方所成都店,锦江区中纱帽街8号成都远洋太古里M68-70号 

English & Chinese

In Conversation with Geraldine Brooks

18:00-19:30                

The Bookworm, 2-7 Yujie East Rd, 28 Renmin South Rd, Wuhou District

老书虫餐吧,武侯区人民南路28号玉洁东街2-7号 

English /  50 RMB entry (includes a drink)

 

GUANGZHOU

 

Tuesday 16 May

Geraldine Brooks: At Home in the World

19:00-20:00                  

United Bookstore, 4/F, Winter Plaza, GTLand, Zhujiang New Town

联合书店,天河区珠江东路高德置地冬广场4楼

English

 

Wednesday 17 May

Writing for the Human Heart: Geraldine Brooks in conversation with Li Lanni, Dai Fan and Wei Wei

9:30-11:00      

Guangdong Literature and Art Centre, 23/F,  552 Longkouxi Rd, Tianhe District

广东文学艺术中心,天河区龙口西路552号23楼会议室

English & Chinese

Geraldine Brooks: Hearing the Unheard in Journalism and Historical Fiction

19:00-20:30    

Sun Yat-Sen University, School of Foreign Languages, 135 Xingang Xi Rd, Haizhu District

中山大学外国语学院,海珠区新港西路135号

English

 

Thursday 18 May

In conversation with Geraldine Brooks

10:00-11:30

Foshan Library, 11 Huakang Ave, Foshan New Town, Foshan

佛山图书馆,佛山市佛山新城华康道11号

English & Chinese

 

HARBIN

 

Sunday 14 May

Tom Keneally: The Story Behind Schindler’s List

15:00-17:00

Gogol Bookstore, 164 Gogol St, Nangang District

果戈里书店,南岗区果戈里大街164号

English & Chinese

 

SHANGHAI

 

Tuesday 16 May

Tom Keneally: The Story Behind Schindler’s List  

19:00-20:30    

Shanghai Library, 1555 Middle Huaihai Rd, Xuhui District, Shanghai

上海图书馆,上海市徐汇区淮海中路1555号

English & Chinese

 

Thursday 18 May

Tom Keneally: The craft of adapting history into text and film

14:00-16:00

Sinan Mansions, 505 Middle Fuxing Rd, Xuhui District

思南公馆会展中心,徐汇区复兴中路505号

English & Chinese

 

XI'AN

 

Sunday 14 May

John Marsden: A Life in Books

14:30-16:00    

Shaanxi Provincial Library, 18 Chang’an North Rd, Beilin District

陕西省图书馆, 碑林区长安北路18号

 

Media enquiries:

Joanna Bayndrian T: +86 10 51404297 M: +86 13910822594 E: Joanna.Bayndrian@dfat.gov.au (English)

Li Xiaojiao T: +86 10 51404395 M: +86 13810489563 E: Xiaojiao.Li@dfat.gov.au (Chinese)

 

 

About the authors

Learn more about this year's authors

 

Author excerpts

 

Bronwyn Bancroft, Being an Aboriginal Artist is not a Lifestyle Choice

Geraldine Brooks,  Our Only Home, Boyer Lecture 2011

Tom Keneally, The Daughters of Mars, Chapter One

John Marsden, Tomorrow When the War Began, Chapter One, pp1-7

 

 

Australian Writers Week in China (10-18 May 2017) is presented by the Australian Embassy in Beijing, Consulates-General in Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai, and is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.