Notions of Identity. Bilingual Creative Writing Workshop, 18 April

Event date: Apr 18 2015 10:00 to 13:00

The Business Confucius Institute, Business School,  Maurice Keyworth Building, 1.03, Leeds University

This is a unique opportunity to get inspired by ancient objects from Leeds City Museum, using them as prompts for writing exercises exploring ‘Notions of Identity’. Whether you want to express yourself in English or Chinese is up to you!


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Come along on Saturday 18th April to bridge the gap between past and present, East and West, as they invite you to handle objects from Leeds Museum’s extensive Chinese collections, get creative with words, or tell your story.

The workshop is free, but places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If you wish to attend please email

Curator of World Collections, Antonia Lovelace, will lead the handling of Chinese artefacts and Cantonese and Mandarin speaking writer, Mimi Webster Lam, will work with Mary Cooper to run the writing workshops.

This workshop is all about exploring culture and sharing stories, and is rather unique in offering attendees the opportunity to do this in a mixture of Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. This is the ideal opportunity for students of Chinese to stretch their language skills, but don’t worry if that doesn’t describe you – everyone is welcome, whether you are a native Chinese speaker or a writing enthusiast with no knowledge of Chinese. They would love to see a mix of cultures, backgrounds, and languages coming together to spark some unique ideas and stories.


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The workshop is part of Piao Yang Guo Hai/From Shore to Shore, a new arts project sponsored by the Arts Council, which will tell the stories of the Chinese community in Leeds and West Yorkshire through performance, on the page, and online.

For more information, click here

Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend and the Northern Short Story Festival. She continues to be its Director.

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