This year is the tenth anniversary of the Australian Writers Week in China, and organisers are celebrating by booking some pretty big names for the Beijing edition.
While the exact schedule is yet to be announced, the festival – which runs from 10 to 18 May – will host Man Booker Prize winner Tom Keneally, Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks, young adult fiction writer John Marsden and Indigenous children's author and illustrator Bronwyn Bancroft, to name a few.
Keneally is perhaps the biggest name on the list, being the author of Schindler's Ark, which was later made into the Oscar-winning film Schindler's List. He's officially an 'Australian Living Treasure', a claim shared by Russell Crowe, Germaine Greer and Olivia Newton-John.
Watch the trailer for Schindler's List – tissues at the ready [VPNs on].
Brooks may not (yet) be a national living treasure in her home country, but she has sold more than two million books worldwide, and been translated into over 25 languages, including Chinese, so we reckon she's okay. Catering for your younger Beijing bookworms are Marsden and Bancroft, who between them have produced over 70 books and sold millions around the world.
According to Australia's Ambassador to China, Jan Adams, the Writers Week is a chance for 'Australia's most exciting authors... to share their stories with Chinese audiences and celebrate contemporary Australian writing'.
Events will be taking place in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi'an and other cities across China. The Beijing programme will be held at various venues, including the Bookworm and One Way Street – check our events pages
for more details when we have them.