3 May - The Bookworm Beijing Sci Fi Book Club (Beijing)
Join The Bookworm's weekly SciFi Book Club to talk about your favorite science fiction short stories! Each meeting we choose a short story to read and discuss. Authors we've talked about so far include Greg Egan, Iain M. Banks, Cory Doctorow, Andy Weir, Liu Cixin, Peter Watts, Neal Stephenson, Ted Chiang, and many others. The club meets every Thursday at 8pm.
4 May - Tibet in Interaction With its Neighbours (New York)
International scholars, art historians, and curators focus on the topic of the moving borders of the Tibetan cultural zone across the centuries, from the Imperial period to the present, including the Western exploration of Tibet.
4-6 May - British Asian Festival (Hertfordshire)
Rifco Theatre Company and Watford Palace Theatre bring you three days of British Asian arts and culture. Featuring plays, comedy, literary readings, writing workshops, craftmaking and visual art exhibitions.
7 May - Meaning-based Translating & Interpreting (Webinar)
Many practitioners may at times have had the experience of being asked to justify their linguistic decisions, and it helps if we understand what constitutes ‘good quality’ in translating and interpreting, what approaches may be appropriate, and most importantly the reasons why some approaches are more appropriate than others.
9-10 May - International Conference on Language, Literature and Culture (Hong Kong)
The Academics World 262nd International Conference on Language, Literature and Culture (ICLLC) aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Development in Language, Literature and Culture. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the fields of Development in Language, Literature and Culture.
10 May - Kill Your Darlings First Book Club: The Earth Does Not Get Fat (Melbourne)
Kill Your Darlings First Book Club is a wonderful opportunity to meet and discuss a debut author’s novel. For its May Book Club KYD has chosen Julia Prendergast’s The Earth Does Not Get Fat. 'A tale of dark family secrets, yet also a tale imbued with awe and wonder at life's mysteries. Prendergast vests her traumatised characters with dignity, and writes them with deep affection and understanding. Poetic, yet earthed, driven by a raw intensity, this impressive debut novel burns with love.' - Arnold Zable.
12 May - Lahore Literary Festival (New York)
The Lahore Literary Festival (LLF), one of South Asia’s premier cultural events, returns to Asia Society New York for the third year. LLF in New York will explore contemporary Pakistan through artists, writers, and commentators. The festival will present American audiences with a more nuanced view of Pakistan and include discussions on fiction and nonfiction writing, art, architecture, history and politics.
15 May - Emerging Writers Festival Launch: Not Another Slide Night (Melbourne)
The Emerging Writers’ Festival launches its 2018 program with a night of performances that reimagine the past and paint a picture for the future. More than just the same people standing in front of different backdrops, this slide night features four writers from the festival programme who will explore, celebrate and critique dominant narratives from Australia’s art and history. Hear from Manisha Anjali, Soreti Kadir, Eugenia Flynn and Andy Butler at this special event, as they narrate images drawn from their personal archives and Australian art history.
15 May - Authors & Asia: Elizabeth Economy on “The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State” (Texas)
In The Third Revolution, eminent China scholar Elizabeth C. Economy provides an incisive look at the transformative changes now underway in China. At home, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has unleashed a powerful set of political and economic reforms, ushering in a third era of dramatic change after those of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.
15-20 May - Auckland Writers Festival (Auckland)
Featuring Bianca Andrew, Penny Ashton, Hannah August, Tusiata Avia, Ella Henry. Choman Hardi, Emma Mary Hall, Francis Wade, Brent Williams, Eileen Myles, Jim Mora, Finlay MacDonald, Courtney Sina Meredith, Stacey Morrison, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Moana Maniopoto, Siouxsie Wiles, Ngugi Wa Thiong'O and many more.
17 May - Talking About Translating Poetry (Norwich)
Award-winning British poet Jean Sprackland and translator Natalia Bukia-Peters have just collaborated on a set of new English translations of poems by the acclaimed Georgian poet Diana Anphimiadi. Join all three for a wide-ranging conversation about the translation process - the challenges, joys and unexpected discoveries of 'meeting on the page'.
18 May - Book Launch: The Bridge by Enza Gandalfo (Melbourne)
Drawing on true events of Australia’s worst industrial accident — a tragedy that still scars the city — The Bridge is a profoundly moving novel that examines class, guilt, and moral culpability. Yet it shows that even the most harrowing of situations can give way to forgiveness and redemption. Ultimately, it is a testament to survival and the resilience of the human spirit.
21 May - Anita Desai and William Dalrymple (Melbourne)
Anita Desai has been shortlisted three times for the Booker Prize; the Guardian recently called her ‘India’s greatest living writer’. The India of her childhood transformed after Partition; later she left for new homes in England and the United States, though India remains her canvas. William Dalrymple fell in love with India aged eighteen; it has been at the centre of his writing since. Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan tells what happened when the British Governor-General of India was convinced to invade Afghanistan – in order to save India from an imaginary Russian threat. Both authors will be in conversation with Hilary Harper.
24-27 May - NT Writers Festival (Darwin)
With a thousand miles between locations, the festival shifts from the tropics to the desert, from wet to dry, from coastal to inland, from Larrakia to Arrernte country, creating a kind of contrasting tone or character between festivals which reflects something of the diversity – environmental, cultural and social – of the Northern Territory itself. The Festival is unique in Australia for profiling Indigenous Australian, South-East Asian, and Northern Territory voices.
5 June - Sebald Lecture: Arundhati Roy (London)
Novelist and activist Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize in 1997 with The God of Small Things, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. Since then Roy has published several works of non-fiction, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic. Her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2017.
22-28 July - International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School (Norwich)
The Summer School brings together writers and translators for an intensive, one-week, residential programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice. For most language-specific workshops, groups work on a collaborative translation with the author in residence and workshop leader. For translators working from any other languages there are two multilingual workshops, one for poetry and one for prose. These are designed for translators working from any language into English.