Kiwi authors feature at M’s 2016 Shanghai International Literary Festival


Shanghai Int LF 2016The 2016 M’s Shanghai International Literary Festival will feature Kiwi authors Anna Smaill and David Hill. 

M Literary Festivals in China began over a decade ago, with the launch of the Shanghai International Literary Festival in 2003. Organised by and hosted at M on the Bund, the Shanghai Festival has grown from small beginnings into China’s leading, and largest, English-language literary event. In 2011, Capital M launched the Capital Literary Festival, which quickly established itself as an important part of Beijing cultural life.

Each year, the Festivals attract authors from around the world—over 20 countries—and at home in China for a celebration of the best in fiction, literary non-fiction, journalism, the arts, poetry and children’s writing. Topics cover everything from China-focused writing, to architecture, art, and film, exploration and travel writing, economics and history, health and philosophy, food, wine and cookery and also children’s writing. The Festivals feature winners of the world’s leading literary prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Miles Franklin award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and many others.

Anna Smaill is a New Zealand poet and classically trained violinist, who made her debut in fiction with her novel, The Chimes. In this work, the protagonists live in a dystopian London where words and memories are wiped away by an enormous musical instrument, the Carillon.

David Hill is a New Zealand writer known for his young fiction books such as See Ya, Simon and Right Where it Hurts, which have been shortlisted for numerous awards. In 2013 he won the Junior Fiction Award at the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards for My Brother’s War.

The 2016 M’s Shanghai International Literary Festival will run from Saturday, March 19 to 26, 2016, and be held at M on the Bund’s Lounge & Bar, 20 Guangdong Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China.

The programme will be available exclusively online on the festival website at http://www.m-restaurantgroup.com/mbund/literary-festival.html. For press tickets, interviews with authors or for more information, please contact Naomi Eisenbeiss at naomi@m-restaurantgroup.com.