Wednesday, 26 April 2017
6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
PAWA @ Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival
Novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo in conversation with Pamela Kember, Head of Arts & Learning at Asia House, about her memories of growing up in a changing China and her recently published memoir, “Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up”.
Xiaolu Guo met her parents for the first time when she was six. They were strangers to her. When she was born her parents handed her over to a childless peasant couple in the mountains. Aged two, and suffering from malnutrition on a diet of yam’s leaves, the couple found out where her grandparents lived and entrusted her to her grandmother; a woman who had suffered greatly in her marriage and from whom Guo would learn the meaning of love. In her candid memoir, Xiaolu Guo takes us through these early beginnings in a run-down shack through to film school in a rapidly changing Beijing, navigating the everyday peculiarity of modern China: censorship, underground art and Western boyfriends. By the time Guo left Beijing in 2002 on a scholarship to study in a picturesque British village she had already published six books. Now after over a decade in Europe, her tale of East to West resonates with the insight that can only come from someone who is both an outsider and an insider. Extending from childhood to womanhood and artistry to motherhood, Guo’s memoir is a handbook of life lessons for people from all walks of life.
The talk will be followed by a book signing and a networking drinks reception sponsored by PAWA.
This is a ticketed event by Asia House but PAWA Benefactors/Friends are offered complimentary invitations so please rsvp to: email@example.com
(You are welcome to bring guests for a suggested donation of £10)