Anna May Wong Must Die! is Anna Chen’s one-woman performance about Hollywood’s first Chinese movie star. This personal journey through the life and crimes of Anna May Wong grew from a half-hour program about the actress, A Celestial Star In Piccadilly, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009, written and presented by Chen. Part comedy, part social critique, this funny, fascinating look at the movie icon dismantles Chinese stereotypes and reveals the human side of the dragon lady of dragon ladies.
Anna Chen, born and raised in London, is a writer, poet, performer, broadcaster and blogger. She became a public figure through her work as a BBC4 presenter. Her 2007 10-part series, Chinese in Britain, examined the life of the first Chinese person to live in the UK. Her website Madam Miao Says was shortlisted for the 2010 Orwell Prize for blogging and longlisted in 2012. Chen runs The Hothouse Project, a series of workshops and courses, one of which she has taught for the Orwell Prize Wigan Pier Workshops. She published a book of poetry, Reaching for my Gnu, in 2013.
Bookworm International Literary Festival 2015
The Bookworm International Literary Festival at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, coordinated by the School of English, promises to be a celebration of the power of literature and ideas.
This year Bookworm 2015 will see a number of internationally-renowned and award-winning novelists from a variety of backgrounds deliver talks, seminars and workshops on a wide range of interesting subjects, from gender and sexuality in China to the political relationship between Russia and the UK. The events will also allow the audience to engage and share ideas with the speakers, and there will be opportunities for those interested to receive professional advice on how to develop as a writer or pursue a career in the literary world.