Read Write: Reading like a Writer

How and why do you read? Do you gobble down books? Knock them back like shots on the bar? Or do you try to analyse them, in memory of all those classes at university you sat through, where an A depended on giving the professors the ‘right’ answer?

Xu Xi will open up another way of seeing words on the page, helping you understand why you read what you read, and in the process discover a new way of appreciating the wonderful world of literature and books…

Join us to learn the craft of “reading like a writer”, stimulate your imagination, and perhaps with some luck, achieve a “marriage of true minds” that Shakespeare so ardently spoke of.

This talk will be delivered in English.

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Xu Xi is the author of nine books of fiction and essays and editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. Recent titles are Access Thirteen Tales (2011) and the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky (2010), a finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize. A transnational “third culture” writer, she long inhabited the flight path connecting New York, Hong Kong and the South Island of New Zealand, until her mother’s Alzheimer’s ended those peregrinations. She is currently Writer-in-Residence at City University of Hong Kong’s Department of English, where directs Asia’s first low-residency MFA in creative writing.


7:30 PM @ Fringe Club: Vault