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Yan Ge 颜歌 in Conversation with Jennifer Wong: Writing from Elsewhere

Tuesday 12 December 2023, 4.30-6.00pm

We're delighted to welcome author Yan Ge back to Leeds, where she'll be discussing her recent story collection Elsewhere, published by Faber and Faber. Yan will be in conversation with poet and editor Jennifer Wong, whose co-edited poetry collection, Where Else: An International Hong Kong Poetry Anthology has recently been published by Verve Poetry Press. And there'll be opportunities for audience questions as well.

Limited numbers of both authors' books will be available to buy, thanks to Truman Books, but please note that we are only able to accept cash payment at this event.

Refreshments will also be available!

The event is free but please reserve your spot here.

About the Authors

Yan Ge was born in Sichuan, China in 1984. She is a fiction writer in both Chinese and English, and is the author of fourteen books in Chinese, including six novels. She has received numerous awards and was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. Her work has been translated into eleven languages, including English, French and German. The latest English translation of her novel, Strange Beasts of China, was one of the New York Times Notable Books of 2021.  

Yan’s English writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Irish Times, TLS, Granta, the Stinging Fly and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she was the recipient of the UEA International Award 2018/19. Her English language debut short story collection Elsewhere was published by Faber in the UK and Scribner in the USA in summer 2023. Yan lives in Norwich with her husband and son.  


Jennifer Wong was born and raised in Hong Kong and now lives in the UK. Wong is the author of 回家 Letters Home (Nine Arches Press, 2020), which was named the PBS Spring 2020 Wild Card Choice. She has taught creative writing at Poetry School, City Lit, Oxford Brookes University and was writer in residence at Wasafiri in 2021. Together with Jason Eng Hun Lee and Tim Tim Cheng, she co-edited Where Else: An International Hong Kong Poetry Anthology (Verve Poetry Press, 2023). Her book, Identity, Home and Writing Elsewhere in Contemporary Chinese Diaspora Poetry was published by Bloomsbury in 2023. She co-edited State of Play: Poets of East and Southeast Heritage in Conversation (Outspoken, 2023). Her poems have appeared in Poetry London, Wasafiri, Sinetheta, Poetry Wales, Prairie Schooner, The Rialto, Washington Square Review, Magma Poetry, Voice and Verse, Harana Poetry, Wildness, The Scores, Asian Cha, Bi+ anthology edited by Helen Bowell and Under Your Pillow anthology (Victorina Press) edited by Charley Barnes and Wendy Allen. She is on Twitter @jennywcreative and instagram @Jenniferwswong