Poetry & Society

Is it possible to write poetry without thinking or caring about society? For a poet, how does reality find its way to the page? What is a poet’s responsibility or allegiances as he or she experiences and reflects on the world?

Family History

In this event, Prof Susheila Nasta—pre-eminent scholar on diasporic literature and founding editor of Wasafiri—will talk to Shirley Lim, Jennifer Lee-Tsai, Hannah Lowe, and Kit Fan about their childhoods and family history, and how these experiences have transformed their writing journeys.

Breaking Down Stereotypes

How can poetry help to break down unjust stereotypes and bring about a greater sense of equality? From translating and reinventing classical Chinese poetry to the use of multilingual expressions, these poets will reflect on the ...

Voices in Hong Kong

Come and join us for a lunchtime of poetry and conversation with some of the much-celebrated poets living and writing in Hong Kong. Moderated by Melanie Ho, journalist, literary critic, and contributor to the Asian Review of Books.

The Mapping of Desire

In this current time, how does a writer approach questions of gender and sexual identities? How do we go about mapping the taboos and unspoken desires? How can we go about redrawing boundaries or appreciating the power of naming?

Found in poetry: language, home, self (co-hosted with SOAS)

As bilingual speakers, how do poets translate and articulate themselves? How do they rediscover their authentic inner selves and reveal—with profound and moving honesty—their cultural and emotional journeys through the power of poetic language?

Women Who Write

What are the self-perceptions, preoccupation, and creativity of women poets writing across the diaspora? How do they fuse their lived experiences and rich imagination? What kind of breakthroughs do they seek as women writers living in this multicultural world?