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HKBU welcomes renowned novelist Ma Jian as Writer-in-Residence

26 Apr 2018

Mr Ma Jian speaks at a public talk on “Literature, Language and Society”
Mr Ma Jian speaks at a public talk on “Literature, Language and Society”

Mr Ma Jian, renowned Chinese-born British novelist, has been invited by the International Writers’ Workshop to be this year’s Writer-in-Residence. Mr Ma gave a public talk on 25 April on “Literature, Language and Society”. During his stay at HKBU in April and May, he will conduct workshops to share his experience in creative writing with tertiary students, local writers as well as the public. 


Mr Ma was born in Qingdao, China. He moved to Hong Kong in 1986, then to Germany to take up a teaching post at Ruhr University. In 1999, he moved to London, where he now lives. He wrote nine books including novels and collections of short stories and essays, which were published in various languages.


Red Dust, the record of his journey across China, won the 2002 Thomas Cook Award for Travel Writing. The Noodle Maker, a dark humorous satire, was published in English in 2004. In the same year, he was named “one of the 50 most important writers in the world” by French literary magazine Lire. Stick Out Your Tongue, a novella based on his travels in Tibet, was published in English in 2006. Beijing Coma, which was published in English in 2008, won the T R Fyvel Index on Censorship Award 2009 and was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.


For details on the Writer-in-Residence activities, please refer to the website