Creative Writing Workshop - Home and Belonging

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Belong/ 归属感,Gui Shu Gan

To Belong (Definition - verb) to be suitable, appropriate or to be in a proper situation or place.

What does it mean to belong? How do we find our own ‘proper situation or place?’

Joyce Lee, (李雅瑜) Cantonese and Mandarin-speaking theatre director, performer and writer, will work with UK writer, Mary Cooper, to lead a bilingual creative writing workshop exploring ideas of belonging, identity and home. Write in English, Chinese or any language of your choice.

This workshop is part of From Shore to Shore 飘洋过海 , an arts project funded by Arts Council England to tell stories from Chinese communities on stage, on the page, and online.

Everyone is welcome, whether you are a native Chinese speaker, just beginning to learn Chinese, or a writing enthusiast with no knowledge of Chinese.


李雅瑜是一位中英双语剧场导演及编剧。她将会联利兹作家Mary Cooper合作主持写作工作坊,探讨我们对家,身份和归属感的构想



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Joyce Lee - Biography

Joyce Nga Yu Lee graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a BA in Comparative Literature in 2006. She was subsequently awarded the Chevening Scholarship to further her studies at the University of Leeds and graduated in 2008 with an MA in Theatre Making.

Since 2009, Joyce has been researching, creating and performing work internationally, including Hong Kong, UK, France, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan, Singapore, Cuba, Bolivia, Argentina, and mainland China.

Her translation works include Nickeled and Dimed (English to Cantonese) and An Accidental Death of An Anarchist (English translation from Italian to Cantonese).

Joyce is currently working as Resident Director of Mind the Gap, England’s largest theatre company working in partnership with learning disabled artists.

Mary Cooper – Biography

Mary Cooper has written extensively for theatre and radio including several dramas for BBC Radio Four. For screen she has written for Channel Four and Granada Television as well as scripting award-winning short films. She also writes poetry. She has led writing workshops in schools, prisons, libraries, community centres, youth clubs, museums and art galleries. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bolton.

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