From October 1 @ 7pm 

A reading and discussion with

  • Shirley Lim
  • Jennifer Lee-Tsai
  • Hannah Lowe
  • Kit Fan

Moderated by Prof Susheila Nasta

Kit Fan is a novelist, poet, and critic. As Slow As Possible, his second poetry collection, was a Poetry Society Recommendation and The Irish Times Book of the Year. Diamond Hill, his debut novel about Hong Kong, will be published by Dialogue Books/Little, Brown in May 2021. He was shortlisted twice for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize and a winner of Northern Writers Award, Times Stephen Spender Poetry Translation Prize, Hong Kong University International Poetry Prize, and POETRY’s Editors Prize for Reviewing. | twitter: @Kit_Fan_ | Insta: kit_fan_

Hannah Lowe is a poet, memoirist and critic. She was named a Poetry Book Society Next Generation Poet in 2014 and won a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 2020. Her next full poetry collection is The Kids, forthcoming in September and is PBS Choice for Autumn 2021. She is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University.

Shirley Geok-lin Lim received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, first for a woman and Asian. She’s published 10 poetry collections, recently The Irreversible Sun, Ars Poetica for the Day, and Do You Live In?, 3 short story collections, 2 novels,  a children’s novel, and The Shirley Lim Collection. Her poems are anthologized and published in Hudson Review, Feminist Studies, Virginia Quarterly, Wasafiri, and other journals; featured by Bill Moyers, Tracey K. Smith, and other TV and radio hosts; set to music; and widely translated. She received 2 American Book awards, the Multiethnic Literatures of the United States Lifetime and Feminist Press Lifetime Achievement Awards, and UCSB Faculty Research Lecture Award.

Jennifer Lee Tsai is a poet, editor and critic. She was born in Bebington and grew up in Liverpool. Jennifer is a fellow of The Complete Works programme for diversity and innovation and a Ledbury Poetry Critic. Her work is widely published in magazines and journals as well as in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation (2017). Jennifer’s debut poetry pamphlet is Kismet (ignitionpress, 2019). In 2019, she was awarded an AHRC scholarship to undertake doctoral research in Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool. She is the winner of a Northern Writers Award for Poetry 2020. Twitter: @JenniferLeeTsai / Instagram: @jenniferleetsai

Prof Susheila Nasta—pre-eminent scholar of diasporic literature and founding editor of Wasafiri—talks to Shirley Lim, Jennifer Lee-Tsai, Hannah Lowe and Kit Fan about their childhoods and family history, and how these experiences have transformed their writing journeys.

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