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Northern Girls
Code: 45  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction
Thursday, May 17 2012 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Keyi Sheng, Sarah Kanowski
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Each year, millions of poor Chinese leave rural poverty seeking to find wealth in the rapidly growing cities. Among them are many young women who soon must eat bitterness as they discover that their bodies are all they have to offer in this brutal new world. Initially unable to find a publisher in China because it deals with abortion and forced sterilization, Sheng Keyi’s brilliant novel Northern Girls depicts the lives of these women. She talks to Radio National’s Sarah Kanowski.



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Keyi Sheng (International)

Sheng Keyi had a rural upbringing and writes of the migrant experience with the depth of personal insight: she was born in Hunan and is now living in Beijing after several years spent living in Shenzhen. Through her writing she addresses the issues that affect women in China today, and often experiments with style and voice. A multi-award winning author, Northern Girls will be the first of her works to be published in English.

Supported by the University of Western Sydney.

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Sarah Kanowski (Australian)

Sarah Kanowski is a writer and broadcaster who currently presents ABC Radio National’s Weekend Arts program which covers writing, music, visual arts, theatre and film. Sarah has edited the literary magazine Island in Tasmania and studied English at Oxford University.


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