Sheng Keyi’s Death Fugue, a satire about Tiananmen Square, has been banned in her native China. Nicholas Jose, a former cultural counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, explores China in his fiction. What does their writing – and lived experience – reveal? In conversation with Nic Low. Click here for more details.
The Empty Chair at this event is for Chinese veteran journalist and poet Gao Yu, aged 70. Gao Yu is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for ‘leaking state secrets abroad’. Her health has begun to deteriorate while in prison and she was recently quoted as saying ‘I don’t want to die here.’