Adelaide Festival 28 February - 16 March 2014

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Yang Lian


Yang Lian was one of the original Misty Poets who reacted against the strictures of the Cultural Revolution. Born in Switzerland, the son of a diplomat, he grew up in Beijing and began writing when he was sent to the countryside in the 1970s. On his return he joined the influential literary magazine Jintian (Today). His work was criticised in China in 1983 and formally banned in 1989 when he organised memorial services for the dead of Tiananmen while in New Zealand. He was a Chinese poet in exile from 1989 to 1995, finally settling in London in 1997. Translations of his poetry include Where the Sea Stands Still, Concentric Circle, and Lee Valley Poems, as well as his long poem Yi and Riding Pisces: Poems from Five Collections. He is co-editor with W.N. Herbert of Jade Ladder: Contemporary Chinese Poetry.

Don’t miss seeing Yang Lian at Adelaide Writers’ Week:

Monday, March 3
5pm – 6pm

Wednesday, March 5
2.30pm – 3.30pm

Visit Yang Lian's website

Laura Kroetsch introduces Yang Lian

Yang Lian
Credit: Pablo Goikoetxea

Lee Valley Poems