Chinese poet Xi Chuan named 2022 Distinguished Chinese Writer of the HKBU Chinese Writers’ Workshop

Thursday, 22 September 2022


Founded by the Faculty of Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), the annual Chinese Writers’ Workshop (CWW) will host its 2022 “Distinguished Chinese Writers Series” (DCWS) on 5 and 6 October. Renowned Chinese poet Xi Chuan will share and exchange his insights with Hong Kong readers.

The Faculty of Arts at HKBU has long been committed to promoting talented Chinese creative writers to its teachers, students and the public. Launched in 2020, the CWW is sponsored by the Tin Ka Ping Foundation. It is dedicated to promoting contemporary Chinese literature and culture to society, the nation and the world, and it also aims to showcase its diversity and richness. In autumn every year, the CWW invites a distinguished Chinese writer from different places around the world to visit HKBU.

Xi Chuan currently holds a distinguished professorship from Beijing Normal University. His enlightening and thought-provoking poetry, essays and translations have been recognised as among the most influential in contemporary China. He won the Lu Xun Literary Prize in 2001, and he received the Swedish Cikada Prize for Poetry and the Japanese Tokyo Poetry Prize in 2018. In addition, he has introduced Western poetry to Chinese readers through well-received translations of numerous works by Ezra Pound, Jorge Luis Borges, Czeslaw Milosz and Gary Snyder, among others. Please refer to Attachment 1 for the biography of Xi Chuan.

During DCWS’s two-day programme, Xi Chuan will deliver a public lecture titled “The Art of Reading Poetry” to share the aesthetic considerations of reciting poetry. He will also disclose his insights on how to build up and transcend our own writing styles at the creative writing masterclass titled “Develop your Writing Style and Beyond”.

All events will be held online and are free of charge. Further details may be found on the Facebook page or Instagram of the CWW.

Members of the public can call 3411 2510 or email if they have further enquiries. Those who are interested in attending the events can register online (

Apart from organising the annual DCWS to introduce renowned Chinese writers from different places around the world to readers, the CWW also endeavours to promote literary development in Hong Kong. As such, the Faculty of Arts at HKBU has launched the “Hong Kong Writers-in-Residence” (HKWR) programme. A selected HKWR writer-in-residence will enjoy a four-week residency on the HKBU campus, and their works will be translated into English and published in the CWW’s bilingual anthology Lion Rock: The Anthology of Contemporary Hong Kong Literature for promotion overseas. The 2023 HKWR is now open for applications until 3 October. Please refer to Attachment 2 (Chinese only) for details.

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The Chinese Writers’ Workshop organised by the HKBU Faculty of Arts has invited renowned Chinese poet Xi Chuan to share and exchange his insights with readers.