Shanghai Residency

Shanghai Writers Residency

New Zealand’s literary exchange with China is available through a partnership between the New Zealand China Friendship Society, the Michael King Writers Centre, the Shanghai Writers Association, and Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

It’s the 2nd of September 2019 and we have just welcomed Sun Wei to the centre for her residency. Described as one of China’s most original and leading voices. Sun Wei, Shanghai born and bred, is a former journalist, documentary filmmaker, and corporate general manager. She has published 23 books including novels, a novella collection and two short story collections.

Since the exchange began in 2013, three other Chinese writers have also enjoyed a residency at the Michael King Writers Centre  In 2013 Huo Yan, a young writing star from Beijing, took up the first Rewi Alley Fellowship then in 2015 acclaimed novelist Xiao Bai from Shanghai was the second Rewi Alley fellow. Last year Yin Jian Ling held the two-month residency. Yin is a poet, essayist, novelist, literary critic, illustrator and translator; a versatile Chinese writer of children’s literature, who has covered a wide range of subjects. 

In 2018 Frances Edmond was the recipient of the exchange and she wrote ‘One cannot live in a place even for a short time without it becoming a part of the psyche, leaving its imprint on the essence of who you are.  The opportunity provided by the Shanghai residency, the experience of living and writing in that enormous, vibrant, hospitable city is a rare gift, one to be treasured and always remembered. 

In 2016 Heidi North Bailey was the recipient of the exchange. Heidi said at the time:

‘I’m having a marvellous, stimulating and productive time. The Shanghai Writers Programme has organised some thoughtful activities for us including visiting a writer’s home, and we have participated in several stimulating cross-cultural literary discussions. But I am also having plenty of time to put hands to keyboard and write. Being here is such a gift’. 

For more on Heidi’s exchange see: http://www.anzliterature.com/feature/letter-from-shanghai/

In 2014 Alison Wong was the first New Zealand writer selected to join the international writers’ programme.  Alison wrote of her experience:

The residency  invaluable as research for my new book, but also for stimulating fresh creativity and inquiry through exposure to a completely different environment, language and culture. The connections made, whether with Chinese or other international writers were personally and professionally rewarding’

 

Huo Yan – MKWC 2013 239 239 Michael King Writers Centre

Huo Yan – MKWC 2013

Huo Yan, from Beijing, who held the Rewi Alley Fellowship at the Michael King Writers Centre in 2013.

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Alison Wong – Shanghai 2014 200 200 Michael King Writers Centre

Alison Wong – Shanghai 2014

Alison Wong who took part in the 2014 Shanghai Writing Program in Shanghai. Alison says of her residency:    ‘The Shanghai International Writing Programme was invaluable as research for my new book, but also for stimulating…

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Heidi North-Bailey – Shanghai 2016 680 680 Michael King Writers Centre

Heidi North-Bailey – Shanghai 2016

In 2016 Heidi North Bailey was the recipient of the exchange. Heidi said at the time: ‘I’m having a marvellous, stimulating and productive time. The Shanghai Writers’ Programme has organised some thoughtful activities for us…

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Xiao Bai – MKWC 2015 760 760 Michael King Writers Centre

Xiao Bai – MKWC 2015

Xiao Bai who held the 2015 Rewi Alley Fellowship at the Michael King Writers’ Centre.        

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Jian Ling – MKWC 2017 419 419 Michael King Writers Centre

Jian Ling – MKWC 2017

Yin Jian Ling held a two-month residency. Yin is a poet, essayist, novelist, literary critic, illustrator and translator.

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Frances Edmond – Shanghai 2018 1134 1134 Michael King Writers Centre

Frances Edmond – Shanghai 2018

Frances was the third writer to go to Shanghai as part of our international exchange and had this to say about her experience: We were thirteen writers from around the world, a lively and diverse…

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Sun Wei – MKWC 2019 1751 1751 Michael King Writers Centre

Sun Wei – MKWC 2019

Shanghai born and bred, Sun Wei is a former journalist, documentary filmmaker, and corporate general manager. She has published 23 books including novels, a novella collection and two short story collections. Her novels have won…

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