Winnie M Li – Translating personal experience into fiction
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13:30 to 14:15

Join us in welcoming Winnie M Li, author, activist and film producer to China in Context. During this talk, Li will be in conversation with BBC Journalist Helier Cheung, discussing the process and challenges of translating personal experience into fiction.

Li’s debut novel Dark Chapter is a fictionalised account of her own experience as the victim of sexual assault. Through the character of Vivian, a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist, Li’s novel explores both the trauma of violent sexual assault and also looks inside the mind of the perpetrator.

A Harvard graduate, Li has programmed for film festivals, written for travel guidebooks and produced independent feature films such as Cashback (2006), The Broken (2008), and Flashbacks of a Fool (2008). Dark Chapter won The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize, and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the Sl Leeds Literary Prize, and CWA Debut Dagger. It will be translated into eight languages.

The conversation will be compered by Helier Cheung, an editor and reporter for the BBC news website. Helier began her career as a civil servant and then a BBC news trainee, before working as an Asia specialist and Hong Kong correspondent for the BBC.

Join us to discover how personal experience can be translated into fiction, the work behind publishing a first novel, and Winnie’s plans for the future.

This is a free event. Please register to let us know you are coming.

China in Context is organised by China Exchange and Cypress Books.