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Bilingual Chinese Writers Festival to be held in Melbourne

A ‘completely bilingual’ Chinese Writers Festival will be held at Richmond Library in Melbourne on Sunday 28 August.

The festival, presented by Writers Victoria, the Australia Chinese Writers Festival and Yarra Libraries, will feature a mix of keynotes and panels, including international guests Lei Tao (China) and Xu Xi (New York and Hong Kong) and local writers Alice Pung, Ouyang Yu, Belinda Jiang and Wang Ruobing.

Organisers said in a statement that the festival ‘aims to showcase Chinese-Australian literary achievements and celebrate diversity in Melbourne’s cultural landscape’.

‘Chinese-Australians now comprise the largest migrant community in Melbourne,’ said Writers Victoria director Kate Larsen. ‘But while being recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature, the majority of Melbourne’s literary activity takes place in English within the central business district.’

The event will take place as part of Yarra Libraries’ Chinese Reading Month. Professional development events for writers and translators will also be held in the lead-up to the festival.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the Writers Victoria website here.



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