Great Hall Event - Xiaolu Guo: Once Upon a Time in the East


Swansea University Centenary Lecture Series

Curated and introduced by Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers

‘Once upon a time in the East’

After a decade in Europe award winning author and film maker Xiaolu Guo will share passages from her extraordinary memoir ‘Once Upon a Time in the East.’ Described as a 'Wild Swans' for a new generation, the BBC4 Book of the Week which details the author’s incredible life journey, is a handbook of life lessons - from beginnings in a state of malnutrition living in a fishing village on the East China Sea to film school in a burgeoning Beijing and a scholarship to Britain, her now adopted home. This rebellious and moving piece provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of insightful discussion on the themes of migration, literature and Xiaolu’s creative life as writer and film maker.

SPECIAL OFFER - If you book also to see She, A Chinese(18), Xiaolu Guo's award winning 2009 film adaptation of her own novel (screening on Friday 27 October at Taliesin Arts Centre), you will receive a 20% discount on the combined ticket price.

Books available to purchase on the night from Cover to Cover.

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Thursday 26 October 7.30 pm

Dates and Times:

Thu 26th Oct


Pricing Information:

Full price:£ 8
Full time students:£ 5
Schools.:£ 5

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Xiaolu Guo is a novelist, essayist and filmmaker. She was born in China in 1973 and moved to the UK in 2002. Her novel, in English translation, Village of Stone, was shortlisted for the 2005 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was followed by her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction). Once Upon A Time in the East is her latest book. In 2013, she was named a Granta’s Best of Young British Novelist.

Her award-winning films include She, a Chinese (2009, Golden Leopard Award in Locarno Film Festival) and UFO In Her Eyes (2011). Her documentaries include Once Upon A Time Proletarian (2009), We Went to Wonderland (2008), How Is Your Fish Today? (2006) and The Concrete Revolution (2004), which was awarded the Grand Prix in the 2005 International Human Rights Film Festival. Late At Night is her latest documentary essay on Britain’s underclass society, premiered at BFI London Film Festival and has toured around the world. She is currently a guest lecturer in Visual Anthropology at UCL.

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