I am looking forward to my events at the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival. It is always interesting to meet and exchange ideas with writers from different countries and backgrounds; and I am extremely excited to have the chance to share the stage with authros who have made their names known internationally: Janice Lee, Xujun Eberlein, Neel Chowdbury, Miguel Syjuco, and Charles Foran.
The sessions arranged for me are as follow:
Saturday, 14 March, 10:00am, The Fringe Theatre
For authors who live far from home, can writing act as an umbilical cord to the mother country? Or is the idea of homeland becoming redundant in an age of mass migration, diaspora and exile? Join this panel of transnational writers in a discussion on whether geographical displacement as it is lived in the 21st century is an impediment to the writing process - or a gift to it. Chiew-Siah Tei, Xujun Eberlein and Neel Chowdhury talk with Marysia Juszczakiewicz.
Monday, 16 March, 9:30am, Science Museum
Voices from the Region & Poetry Live double bill session
Chiew-Siah Tei and Miguel Syjuco talk with Charlie Foran about what it is like to be a writer. Discussing issues of immigration, what makes a sense of home, and styles of writing, this talk is designed to excite students to want to read and write. Miguel Syjuco is the author of Illustrado, the debut novel which won both the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize and the Palanca Award, the Philippines' highest literary honour. Chiew-Siah Tei is a bilingual Malaysian author. Her first collection of prose, written in Chinese and published in 1998, It's Snowing, is an account of her observation as an outsider in Scotland. She has since the late 1990s won awards for her Chinese prose, including the Hua Zong International Chinese Fiction Award and the National Prose Writing Competition. In 2002, Ms. Tei was nominated the Best Prose Writer of the year. Her debut novel is Little Hut of Leaping Fishes. The talk will be followed by Poetry Live!
Monday, 16 March, 12:30pm, The Foreign Correspondents' Club
The Latest Trend: Writing in English
Chiew-Siah Tei is a bilingual Malaysian author. She has written columns on social issues, film, art and literature. Her first collection of prose, written in Chinese and published in 1998, It's Snowing, is an account of her observation as an outsider in Scotland. Her first novel, Little Hut of Leaping Fishes, was long-listed for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize. She talks about the implications and consequences of the trend to English language and literature as increasing numbers of non-native English speakers from around world write in English.
Tuesday, 17 March, 10:00am, The Helena May, Blue Room
The Female Pen
Chiew-Siah Tei's award-winning works run the gamut from screenplays to prose. Little Hut of Leaping Fishes is her debut novel. She talks with Janice Lee, author of the very successful The Piano Teacher, about how to develop strong female characters. In conversation with Marysia Juszczakiewicz.