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 from Australian national slam poetry champion Zohab Zee Kahn, Jemimah Steinfeld discussing sex and youth in modern China and book talks from Chang-Rae Lee, Yasmina Khadra and Madeleine Thien. BLF also hosted the CISA poetry slam on Friday night, when young poets from Chengdu’s international schools brought down the house with exuberant and thoughtful performances.

writing across frontiers

This week’s events focus on the global reach of literature, starting with a workshop on translating literature from Chinese to English, moving on to a discussion of literature across frontiers with Guadalupe Nettel from Mexico and Clare Azzopardi from Malta, and presenting a roster of great writers from across the region: Yan Ge and Aku Wuwu from Sichuan, Zhi An and Jiang Yitan from Beijing and Dorothy Tse from Hong Kong. We round off the week with a look at the art of short-story writing with a book talk and workshop led by Zoe Gilbert from the UK. Visit the Events page for full details.
Ride Home from BLF in Style!

BLF transportation partner uber is offering free rides for our festival audience. The first 5 people who mention this offer at any of this week’s events and buy 2 tickets will receive a promotional code worth 100 rmb. If you sign up as a new user of uber, you can receive two free rides in uber black vehicles of up to 50 rmb each.

Chang Rae Lee Fara Origins of Sex Katy Williams


Emma Martin Madeleine Thien

Xu Xi workshop Secondary poetry slam with judges