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Touch, Imagine, Tell – Bilingual Creative Writing Workshop

  • Machester Confucius Institute Oxford Road Manchester, England, M13 9PL United Kingdom (map)

Bridge the gap between past and present; East and West; be inspired by this unique opportunity to handle objects from Manchester Museum’s Chinese collection.

Come along to Manchester Confucius Institute to explore the City’s collection of Chinese artefacts, take part in a creative writing workshop and tell your story.

Stephen Welsh, Manchester Museum’s Curator of Living Cultures, has chosen a selection of Chinese artefacts specifically for their fascinating stories. Cantonese and Mandarin speaking writer, M W Sun, and playwright and poet, Mary Cooper, will use these objects to inspire your writing, and to enable you to tell your own story. Write in English, Chinese or a mixture of the two.

Everyone is welcome, whether you are a native Chinese speaker, just beginning to learn Chinese, or a writing enthusiast with no knowledge of Chinese. We would love to see a mix of cultures, backgrounds, and languages coming together to spark some unique ideas and stories.

This workshop is part of From Shore to Shore/Piao Yang Guo Hai/飘洋过海 an arts project funded by Arts Council England to tell stories from the Chinese communities on stage, on the page, and online. Performances of the From Shore to Shore theatre event will take place at Yang Sing Restaurant on May 19th and 20th. See the website for details.

About the workshop leaders

Mary Cooper has written extensively for theatre and radio, including several dramas for BBC Radio Four.  For screen she has written for Channel Four and Granada Television as well as scripting award-winning short films. She also writes poetry. She has led writing workshops in schools, prisons, libraries, community centres, youth clubs, museums and art galleries. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bolton.

Mary led The Writers Pathway, a course for writers of Chinese origin or descent, set up by the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester, where she met Mimi Webster Lam.

MW Sun was born in China and came to the UK in her late teens. She has a Linguistics degree from York University and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Mimi is an experienced news journalist and broadcaster and has worked in London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. Mimi took the Writers Pathway Course and has since completed an M.A. in Creative Writing at Manchester University. Two of her scripts have been developed by Yellow Earth Theatre Company and she is currently completing her first novel, 'The Mountains Between Us'.

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 …

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