LITERATURE IN THE WORST/BEST OF TIME – AN EXCHANGE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND MINSK
I. Writing for Theater in the Worst/Best of Time
Two cities, so distant yet never so close. The current literature scene in Hong Kong and Minsk shares many similarities. The challenges, the threats, and at the same time, the inspiration, the obligation and the opportunities. In a series of three online talks, authors from Hong Kong and Minsk discuss their creative process in times of uncertainty. How their works react to their society and time? How they communicate with their audiences, and create a readers’ community even during difficult times?Date: 17.06.2021 (Thu)
Time: 9PM (HKT)
Speakers: Pat-To YAN (HK), Alhierd Bacharevic (Minsk)
Moderator: Jacqueline Leung (HK)
Languages: English/ Belarusian (with simultaneous translation)
Registration: Please register on or before 12.06.2021. A zoom link will be sent to each participant upon cofirmation of registration.
About the speakers:Yan Pat To is the first ethnic Chinese playwright awarded by the Berlin Theatertreffen Stuckemarkt with his ground-breaking work A Concise History of Future China. Yan received a BA in English Literature from the University of Hong Kong, an MA in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an MA in Playwriting from Royal Holloway, University of London. His Cantonese play White Blaze of the Morning, which premiered at the 2015 EMW Festival of Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, was awarded Best Play at the 8th Hong Kong Theatre Libre. His latest work Happily ever after nuclear explosion was commissioned and produced by the Munich Residenztheater and premiered in June 2018 with its German version. The Cantonese version was staged at Tai Kwun in August 2019 and South Korea’s Asia Playwright Festival.
Alhierd Bacharevič is a Belarusian writer. He was born in 1975 in Minsk. He is an author of many novels and essay collections: "Alindarka’s Children", "White Fly, Killer of Men", "The Mr. A.’s Last Book" and other books. His major novel, “Dogs of Europe”, was translated into Russian by Bacharevič himself. The Russian version of the book was on the short list of the largest Russian literary prize "Big Book". The Belarus Free Theater made a theatrical adaptation of the novel. Since April 2021 the book has been examined by the authorities for the expression of extremism in it.
Alhierd Bacharevič received the “Book of the Year” literary prize in Belarus twice and was the winner of the second Jerzy Giedroyc Prize four times. Bacharevič’s novels and essay collections have been translated into German, English, French, Russian and Polish.
He was a resident in the Center for Writers and Translators in Visby (Sweden), the German PEN Center (Hamburg), the Recolette Center of the French Institute in Paris and the Literary Colloquium in Berlin (LCB). In 2007-2013 he lived in Hamburg, then returned to Minsk. He is a member of Belarusian PEN-Center. Since the end of 2020, Alhierd Bacharevič and his wife poetess Jula Cimafiejeva have been living in Graz (Austria) with the invitation of the Kulturvermittlung Steiermark.