University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Bookworm Literary Festival hosted by School of English

21 March 2013 (18:30-20:00)

The New York Times BLF Literary Caravan 2013 is a series of events with acclaimed international and Chinese writers and thinkers in seven cities throughout China. The New York Times BLF Literary Caravan 2013 will travel for two weeks in March to Beijing, Tianjin, Suzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing and Ningbo to share with audiences and readers the diverse writing and ideas of writers from twelve countries.

The Literary Caravan will feature readings and meet-the-author events with international literary sensations; lively genre-defying shows from performance poets; panel discussions with leading Chinese experts and intellectuals; discussions between international and Chinese writers on their work and perspectives.

The Literary Caravan is part of The Bookworm International Literary Festival 2013, a celebration of literature and ideas. BLF features international and Chinese authors and dynamic programming. Past programs have featured National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize recipients, Costa, Booker and Man/Asia Book Award winners, and distinguished spoken word artists, graphic novelists, filmmakers and more.

All events on the Literary Caravan are free.

Literary Caravan Events in the University of Nottingham Ningbo China:


1. Public lecture by Hakan Nesser (Norway)

Date & Time: Monday March 18, 18:30

Venue: Teaching Building Room 118 (TB118)

Håkan Nesser is a Swedish author and teacher who has written a number of successful crime fiction novels. He has won Best Swedish Crime Novel Award three times, and his novel Carambole won the Glass Key award in 2000. His books have been translated from Swedish into numerous languages. He has written a series of book about Inspector Van Veeteran, a detective and owner of an antique books shop. In 2006, Nesser introduced a new series with Swedish police inspector Gunnar Barbarotti, who uses his philosophical acumen to solve crimes in a fictitious Swedish town.

Håkan Nesser books are thrilling and chilling Scandinavian mysteries. Drawing on the roots of ill society as the bedrock for his stories, Nesser transforms this grim material into intricately woven plots that slowly and irresistibly unravel page by riveting page. His most popular series follows the inspectors Müenster and Moreno through snowy towns and dark alleys as they follow whisps of clues and pieces together puzzling mysteries of gruesome murders. Nesser has been applauded as a master creator of suspense by winning Best Swedish Crime Novel award three times – quite an accolade for a county that takes its crime writing so seriously.

In his lecture Nesser will discuss how to keep reader guessing and how to write the perfect crime fiction.


2. Public lecture by Justin Hill (UK)

Date & Time: Tuesday March 19, 18:30

Venue: Teaching Building Room 118 (TB118)

Born in the Bahamas and raised in England, Justin Hill is an acclaimed novelist, travel writer, essayist and poet. His heart rending book, Ciao Asmara, describes the tense build up to the Eritrean civil war. His compelling and sympathetic portrayal of Old Zhu and Da Shan in The Drink and Dream Teahouse takes you on an extraordinary journey to Space Rocket Factory Number Two and its surrounds in Shaoyang, Hunan. And his most recent novel, Shieldwall, is the first volume in his Conquest Trilogy, and is a theatrical and vivid telling of the fight for a kingdom set in the period around the Battle of Hastings.

During the nineties, Justin Hill served for seven years with the VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in rural China and Africa. His first novel, The Drink and Dream Teahouse, won the 2003 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was banned in China. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize twice and translated into fifteen languages. Shield Wall, the first volume in his Conquest Trilogy, set in the period around the Battle of Hastings, was published in May 2011. He is a contributing editor to the Asian Literary Review and teaches writing at the City University of Hong Kong.

In his lecture Hill will discuss his work and teach some helpful tips and guidelines for crafting fiction.


3. Poem Performance by CJ Bowerbird (Australia)

Date & Time: Thursday March 21, 18:30

Venue: Teaching Building Room 118 (TB118)

CJ Bowerbird is an Australian performance poet. He uses poetry to explore what it is to be human. He writes about things we have lost, things we never had and things that are slipping through our fingers. Humor is a key feature of much of Bowerbird’s poetry, and he won the hearts of the people of Australia with his extraordinary performances.

CJ has been performing poetry from his home in Canberra for the past four years. An Australian National Poetry Slam finalist in 2010, CJ has featured at the You Are Here and Art, Not Apart festivals in Canberra and at poetry slams across New South Wales. He has performed in several cities in Australia and the US, and has read poetry on ABC National Radio.  He is the 2012 champion of the Australian National Slam Championship.

Come and see this poet at his best.