Bilingual Creative Writing Workshop: ‘Between Here and There…’

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  • Time: 14:00 to 16:00
  • Venue: The University of Leeds, Parkinson Building, SR B.09
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What happens to us in transit – as we move from one place to another?  How do we adapt to new circumstances and places? And how does ‘there’ become ‘here’?

Free, but booking is essential. Reserve your place via Eventbrite.

This bilingual creative writing workshop will lead participants through a series of fun, practical writing exercises to explore real and imagined experiences of transition. Write in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, a mixture, or any language of your choosing.

Between Here and There is part of From Shore to Shore/Piao Yang Guo Hai/飘洋过海 an arts project funded by Arts Council England and supported by the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds.  From Shore to Shore aims to tell stories from Chinese communities in the UK on stage, on the page, and online.

Performances of the From Shore to Shore theatre event will take place at Oriental City Restaurant on May 16th, 17th and 18th. Tickets are on sale at the West Yorkshire Playhouse website.

For more information on From Shore to Shore please see the website:

The workshop will be led by poet and playwright, Mary Cooper, with Mandarin and Cantonese speaking writer, MW Sun.

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 a wide variety of settings including schools, prisons, libraries, museums and art galleries. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bolton.

Mary led The Writers’ Pathway, a course for writers of Chinese origin or descent, where she met MW Sun. They set up the From Shore to Shore project in 2015.

M W Sun was born in China and came to the UK in her late teens. She has a Linguistics degree from York University and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She is an experienced news journalist and broadcaster and has worked in London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. Since settling in the UK she has completed an M.A. in Creative Writing at Manchester University and two of her scripts have been developed by Yellow Earth Theatre Company. She is currently completing her first novel, ‘The Mountains Between Us‘.