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Final Weekend of BLF 2015!

Don’t Miss the Final Weekend of BLF 2015! This year’s literary festival may be drawing to a close, but the final weekend has a packed programme featuring book talks, film, photography and our annual open mic session, so don’t wait until next year – be sure to come by the Bookworm this weekend!  On Friday we […]

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BLF Week Two

from the origins of sex to sex and youth in modern china BLF 2015 is in full swing at the Chengdu Bookworm, with packed houses over the weekend and many more exciting events to come this week. Highlights of the past few days included Faramerz Dabhiowala’s presentation on the first sexual revolution, a dynamic performance […]

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BLF 2015 Opening Week

BLF 2015 opening weekend: fact, fiction and the space in between BLF 2015 got off to a roaring start on Friday night as Anna Chen led us through the life and crimes of movie star Anna May Wong, and uncovered the orientalist underbelly beneath the Hollywood glamour. Our first ever Family Literary Quiz was also a huge […]

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BLF Grand Finale

BLF 2014 closed out in style this past weekend. Friday night’s standup comedy show saw Dashan, Des Bishop and three Beijing comedians bring the concept of standup to local audiences for the first time, in a riotous evening of Chinese comedy that played to a packed house. On Saturday night a big crowd turned out […]

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Final Weekend of BLF 2014

This weekend sees BLF 2014 go out in style, with three days of comedy, music and performance, two intriguing book talks and a panel discussion. Hybrid Identity On Friday, we present a panel discussion that looks at how authors of dual or multiple identities are creating links across social, cultural and national boundaries. Benjamin Law, […]

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Dashan in Chengdu!

This Friday, March 21st, don’t miss the biggest comedy event of the year, as China’s best-known foreign celebrity takes the stage at the Bookworm for an all new Chinese stand-up comedy show. Friday, 21 March 8.00pm 大山与毕翰生做客老书虫 Chinese Standup with Dashan and Des Bishop (Tickets 200 RMB From the Bookworm) 亲爱的喜剧脱口秀的粉丝们,我们的《侃大山》 “大山及同仁的脱口秀之夜” 订票方式: 点击以下链接购票及更多相关演出内容。 http://e.mosh.cn/23066 […]

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The Weekend in Pictures

Friday night saw the Bookworm overflowing with people keen to see the Kids Slam poetry competition. 17 talented youngsters from Chengdu’s International Schools competed in three different age categories, and they were all so good that the judges, Jesse Brand and Luis Valadez, had a tough time picking any winners. After the slam Luis and […]

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St Patricks Day Monday 17th March

Come and celebrate the food and culture of the Emerald Isle tonight at the Bookworm Literary Festival. Prize-winning Irish author Eoin McNamee’s talk will start at the earlier time of 6.30pm (originally advertised as 7.30pm). Eoin discusses his body of work, the Irish literary tradition and literature as a vehicle for coming to terms with […]

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Friday Night: Slam Poetry and Live Music

This Friday night the Bookworm will be buzzing with the sound of young poets. At 6 pm young performers from Chengdu’s International School will compete to become the 2014 BLF Kids Slam Poetry Champion. The competition will be judged by Australia’s National Slam Poetry Champion of 2013, Jesse Brand, and Mexian American poet Luis Valadez. […]

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Three Literary Giants

This week saw three literary greats take to the stage, individually and as part of a scintillating panel where they talked about their very different methods, inspirations and motivations for Why We Write. David Vann, described as one of the most talented American authors of our time, spoke with multi-talented Canadian Pakistani author Musharaff Ali-Farooqi […]

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