Saturday, 28 May 2016

Jonathan Geldart, Notes from a Beijing Coffeeshop, 4 June

Coming up in June as part of The Leeds Big Bookend, Jonathan Geldart Notes from a Beijing Coffesshop:


China Comes to the Leeds Big Bookend Festival 2016. We Are Crossing City Limits!

Jonathan Geldert, author of Notes from a Beijing Coffeeshop
Meet Author, Jonathan Geldert  on Saturday 4th June, 12.30pm at Central Library, Leeds as he shares his Notes from a Beijing Coffeeshop

Join Jonathan Geldart as he transports us to a Beijing coffeeshop where we learn about the country today through the stories of its people – in particular, some of the extraordinary women he met, many of whom struggle for independence and recognition.

Women’s rights and empowerment is a recurring theme in his latest book. Through sharing interviewees experiences of marriage (both women’s role within a marriage and the pressure on single women to marry), being gay in China, and women’s attitude towards work, Jonathan gives the reader poignant insights into what life is like for the Chinese women he met, many of whom are going against what society expects from them.

Jonathan will be joined by Ellen Wang from the The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds.

This is a free event. To book your tickets and read more, click here.

To download the full programme for the Leeds Big Bookend Festival 2016 and for all events and ticket information, visit our website,
Get Creative at Belong/ 归属感 Gui Shu Gan. A Free Bilingual Creative Writing Workshop, Sunday 5th June, 11.30am at Central Library, Leeds
Definition:verb 1a:  to be suitable, appropriate, 1b :  to be in a proper situation or place.

What does it mean to belong? How do we find our own proper situation or place?  Cantonese and Mandarin speaking writer, M.W. Sun
孙培德 will work with Leeds writer, Mary Cooper, to lead a workshop exploring ideas of belonging, identity and home.

Write in English, Chinese or any language of your choice. This workshop is part of the From Shore to Shore 飘洋过海 project and is supported by the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds.

This is a free workshop open to anyone – whether you speak one language or many – but booking is essential as places are limited.

Reserve your free place


孙培德是一位中文作家.她和利兹作家Mary Cooper主持写作工作坊,讨我们对家,身份和归属感的构想.


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