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17th September 2016 / 17:00 to 18:30

Masters of the lunar verse – Chinese moon poetry reading

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An afternoon dedicated to poetry as part of our celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

Poetry has long been a significant part of Chinese culture. In this session with poet, Jennifer Wong, the audience will get to know their Li Bai from their Du Fu.

Jennifer will share the rich, multiple meanings and legends of the moon from well-known Tang poems to contemporary verse – including her own work. Learning poems by heart and reciting them aloud is common in China. To reflect this, Jennifer will also give bilingual readings during the session to give attendees the opportunity to appreciate both the musicality and the delicate imagery of Chinese poetry. We will also have Mary Jean Chan – the former TEDx speaker as the guest poet of this event.

This event is open to all – poetry beginners most welcome – and there’s no expectation of strong poetry appreciation skills.

Tickets include beautiful blooming flower tea and moon gazing!

For more Mid-Autumn Festival events, click here.


About Jennifer: Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jennifer Wong is a bilingual poet with two poetry collections includingSummer Cicadas and Goldfish published by Chameleon Press. Her poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She read literature at Oxford and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She has received the Young Artist (Literary Arts) award from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and is working on a PhD on place and identity in contemporary Chinese diaspora poetry at Oxford Brookes.

Guest Poet: Mary Jean Chan is a poet from Hong Kong. Her work has been published in Oxford Poetry, Callaloo, Ambit, The Rialto (forthcoming), and In Protest: 150 Poems for Humans Rights. A Callaloo and VONA Fellow, she received the 2015 University of London MA Creative Writing Prize, and will commence her PhD studies in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2016.

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