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Both Sides Now – Writing from East and West

  • Yang Sing Chinese Restaurant Manchester 34 Princess St Manchester United Kingdom (map)

Join poets, Jennifer Lee Tsai, Mary Jean Chan and Xi Chuan for practical writing workshops, networking and dinner at one of Manchester's longest-established and best-known Chinese restaurants.

Tickets (including dinner):
£17.50 full price
£13.50 concessions


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Jennifer Lee Tsai grew up in Liverpool. She is a fellow of the national poetry mentoring scheme, The Complete Works III. Her poems appear in the Bloodaxe anthology, Ten: Poets of the New Generation (2017) and have been published in Smoke, The Rialto and Oxford Poetry.  She is currently working on a first collection.

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Mary Jean Chan  is Hong Kong born, the author of pamphlet, A Hurry of English (2018). Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming from Faber & Faber (July 2019). She was Second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition, and shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

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Xi Chuan 西川 (penname of Liu Jun 刘军) was born in Jiangsu in 1963 and grew up in Beijing. One of China’s most celebrated poets, having won the Lu Xun Prize for Literature (2001) and the Zhuang Zhongwen Prize (2003), he is also renowned as a teacher, essayist, translator and editor. He has published five collections of poetry.


Sponsored by the Manchester Confucius Institute and Manchester Literature Festival

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