Novelist, Xialolu Guo at centenary lectures
Novelist, Xialolu Guo presents insights from her book, Once upon a time in the East at the Autumn opening event of Swansea University’s centenary lectures. There will also be a screening of her award-winning film, She, a Chinese at Taliesin Arts Centre. The award-winning novelist and filmmaker will also present readings from her book as the opening of the 2017 series of centenary lectures at Swansea University on Thursday 26th October at 7:30pm.
Novelist and award-winning filmmaker
In addition to the lecture, film enthusiasts can also see Xiaolu’s 2009 Golden Leopard award-winning film She, a Chinese at the Taliesin Arts Centre the following evening (Friday 27th October). After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with the director about the film.
Rebellious and moving novel
Once upon a time in the East, the novelist’s latest book, has been hailed as a Wild Swans for a new generation. It is a rebellious and moving memoir and will form the perfect backdrop to an evening of discussion on a range of themes including migration, literature, contemporary China and Xiaolu’s creative life as a writer and filmmaker.
Professor of Creativity at Swansea University and BAFTA Cymru award-winning writer Owen Sheers curates and presents the centenary lecture series and is thrilled to be hosting the esteemed writer at Swansea University.
Xiaolu is an incredibly exciting and uncompromising artist both on the page and the screen. Spanning the East and West, she brings a unique perspective to all she does and we’re very lucky to have her visit for both a reading and a screening of her film. In her work and personality Xiaolu deploys an infectious vitality and as such both evenings promise to be memorable and inspiring events.’
A book of life lessons
The work by the novelist was featured as BBC4’s Book of the Week earlier this year and is modestly described by Guo as a ‘prose essay’ about her childhood in China and her move to the UK. Yet to the reader, it is a tale of an incredible journey, a handbook of life lessons – which takes her from beginnings in a state of malnutrition living in a fishing village on the East China Sea to film school in a burgeoning Beijing and a scholarship to Britain, her adopted home.
This is the story of Mei, a young woman on a trip from East to West after her escape from her provincial Chinese village. She, A Chinese follows a young woman on a soul-searching journey…
She, a Chinese: Official Trailer (2010) Warp Films UK – Directed by Xiaolu Guo. Starring Lu Huangy, Wei Yi Bo and Geoffrey Hutchings.
Discount for two events
For those wishing to attend both events a special 20% discount on the combined ticket price is applicable at the time of booking.
The Swansea University Centenary Lectures are kindly sponsored by Swansea Building Society. The Centenary Lecture Series, curated and introduced by Owen Sheers, bring leading U.K. and international figures from business, politics, sports, culture and the arts to the University’s state of the art Great Hall venue which is located on its Bay Campus. They are part of the celebrations in the run-up to when Swansea University will celebrate its centenary in July 2020 having been founded in 1920.
Thursday 26th October – 7:30pm
Xiaolu Guo: Once upon a time in the East
Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University SA1 8EN
Tickets – £8, £5 Students/Schools
Book Online: www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk
Telephone: (01792) 604900 / 604999
Friday 27th October – 7:30pm
She, a Chinese (18) followed by Q&A with director Xiaolu Guo
Taliesin Arts Centre, Singleton Campus, Swansea University, SA2 8PZ
Tickets – £7.75 – £6.00
Telephone: (01792) 602060
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