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Murong Xuecun


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Murong Xuecun is a leading independent writer living in China. He won the 2010 People’s Literature Prize for his most recent book The Missing Ingredient but was not allowed to deliver a speech at the ceremony because he intended to criticise the censorship of Chinese writers.

From a debut novel that prompted authorities to convene a conference solely to critique it, to his more recent work as an investigative journalist, Xuecun discusses the challenges that face an ‘independent’ writer in modern China.

Chaired by Jenny Niven.


Murong Xuecun

Murong Xuecun is one of contemporary China’s most celebrated authors and the winner of the 2010 People’s Literature Prize for his most recent book The Missing Ingredient. Born in 1974 in China’s North East, Murong spent his childhood in Jilin province. In 1996 he graduated from China Universit... Read more

Jenny Niven

Jenny Niven was the Wheeler Centre’s Associate Director. She is currently Portfolio Manager for Literature, Publishing and Languages at Creative Scotland. Jenny came to Australia in early 2010 after 6 years in Beijing, where she directed the events program at The Bookworm, China’s foremost Engli... Read more


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