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Shaping Women's Narratives: A Reflection of Experiences

Chinese Write Now: Xīnrán in Conversation

Monday 23 May, 6.15pm
Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have postponed this event until early 2023 to coincide with Lakeside’s Chinese New Year celebrations.

£5 (£3.50 concessions, Free student tickets)
Event followed by book signing
Suitable ages 14+

Women hold multiple roles in society with each role impacting upon and often competing with others. This interplay creates unique individual experiences. How do these experiences shape the way women write about themselves and others?

Spend an evening with renowned British-Chinese best-selling author and journalist Xīnrán while she shares her experience of exploring and writing about the evolving roles of women. She describes how this has shaped her own writing and reflects on a writer's role and responsibilities in shaping Chinese women's identities for readers.


This event is part of the Chinese Write Now Festival taking place between Thursday 5 May – Sunday 31 July 2022 in London and Nottingham. Find out more here

About the authors (click to expand)

A headshot of author Sue Cheung

Sue Cheung, winner of the Diverse Book Award 2020: Young Adult Category, is a multi-award-winning British-Chinese author/illustrator. Born in the Midlands, to parents who ran a restaurant, she spent her early years devouring copies of Beano and Dandy and dreaming of creating her own comics one day. At the age of 16 she seized her chance to become an artist by winning a scholarship to the London College of Fashion through a competition in ‘Mizz’, a magazine for teenage girls. Later she ventured into advertising and worked her way up to Art Director. Sue now freelances as a designer from her home in Bournemouth, where she also writes and illustrates books, which are mostly funny, so in a roundabout way her dream came true!

For even more information about Sue visit


A headshot of author Will Harris

Will Harris is a London-based writer. His debut poetry book RENDANG (Granta, UK; Wesleyan, US: 2020). It was a Poetry Book Society Choice and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He co-edited the spring issue of The Poetry Review in 2020 with Mary Jean Chan.


A headshot of author Xinran Xue

Xinran Xue  is a British–Chinese author, journalist and activist. Her first book, The Good Women of China, was published in 2002, sold in over forty languages and became an international bestseller. She has written titles including Sky Burial (2004), Miss Chopsticks (2008), China Witness (2008), Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother (2010), By Me the Sky (2015), and The Promise (2019)

In August 2004 Xinran set up ‘The Mothers’ Bridge of Love’ (MBL). MBL reaches out to Chinese children in all corners of the world; by creating a bridge of understanding between China and the West and between adoptive culture and birth culture, MBL ultimately wants to help bridge the poverty gap which still exists in many parts of China.

The MBL book for adoptive families, Mother’s Bridge of Love, came third in TIME magazine’s list of the top ten children’s books of 2007. MBL Culture Dialogue, a monthly online event was launched in 2021, after 11 successful series, it has been transfer a quarterly event after UK pandemical rules ended in Feb.

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