The Bookworm’s library makes the perfect informal setting for our inspiring programme packed with readings, talks, discussions, debates, book launches and music gigs. Audiences are enlightened by well respected novelists, journalists and travel writers; enraptured by impromptu homespun musical soirees hatched round the piano; and transported to lands far away by lilting lines of live poetry. Whether your penchant is for the hottest new Chinese Writers, Asia’s most illustrious entrepreneurs, or the most risque documentaries, you’ll be able to indulge it at The Bookworm.
Tickets for all events are 40rmb for members of The Bookworm and 50 rmb for non-members unless otherwise specified. TICKETS ARE ON SALE AT THE BOOKWORM, TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF THE EVENT. TO BOOK TICKETS IN ADVANCE, PLEASE EMAIL ORDER@BEIJINGBOOKWORM.COM. ADVANCE TICKETS MUST BE PICKED UP 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE EVENT.
After a summer break, Writing on Walls is back! WoW prides itself on nurturing writers and believes every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment, learn, and develop craft. WoW employs a holistic writing model to help writers at all levels find their unique voices and garner the skills and courage needed to go forward with their writing. We use writing prompts to help us write new pieces in personally preferred genres where the group is taught to listen, respond and reflect on the writing. Manuscript reviews are accepted for more thorough reviews and critiques – but never is anything reviewed in a negative or harmful way.
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Sing well-known folk songs with us during a night of free and friendly music. We will be singing from the classic collection Rise Up Singing, and you are free to request your favorites. Lyrics will be provided. Bring your guitar, ukulele, fiddle, or spoons and play along! The sing-along will be followed by a jam including members of the Beijing bluegrass and old time community. Everyone welcome!
Just arrived in Beijing?
Theresa Ahdieh of International Newcomers’ Network Beijing (www.innbeijing.org) knows the challenges of adjusting to life in an unfamiliar city. She also knows the delights, fun and new friendships life in Beijing can bring! Theresa will give an overview of what to expect, before taking time to answer any specific questions you have.
All guests receive a complimentary drink upon arrival. For more information, see onestop.globaltimes.cn
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Michael Lam, Asian star magician, comes to us all the way from Hong Kong. This will be a rare opportunity to witness one of the funniest bilingual magicians this side of the Great Wall! Get you tickets in advance as space is limited: https://yoopay.cn/event/11016751
Beijing Improv is China’s oldest and largest Improvised Theater organization. Its members come from around the world and have been trained in the best improv schools from New York, Chicago, California, the UK, France, New Zealand and more. Script-less, long-form is a popular type of improv that uses audience suggestions to create an extended scene. Attendees never know what is in store but there is always the guarantee of a laugh and a good time. Don’t miss this hilarious event!
Beijing Improv is a non-profit organization, so they donate all of their proceeds to a local charity Hua Dan which benefits migrant workers and children through the performance arts.
Tickets: 75RMB (65 RMB for members)
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How is the internet changing the way we read and write? This event will offer an international perspective on the literary possibilities offered by digital media. Join our panel of Australian and Chinese writers for an evening of discussion about social media poetry, communities of online readers, and the new business of writing, translating and publishing online. Melbourne poet Katie Keys tweets a poem a day @tinylittle poems - she’s been a cafe poet and a conference poet - and recently started publishing on weibo. Chinese poet Yisha circulated a poet a day from poetry forums on his weibo account, as part of a project called ‘poems for the new century’ - and gathered over four million readers in the process. Zhang Tianpan, Beijing correspondent and cultural analyst at the Southern Metropolitan Daily, circulated his observations of new literary phenomenons across a wide range of media. The panel will be facilitated by Jeremy Goldkorn. The event will be presented in English and Mandarin, with interpretation.
This discussion is the final event in the 2014 Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature, a series of online and offline events bringing together readers, writers and translators across languages and cultures. For more information, visit marcopolodiglitfest.org
50RMB (40 for members)
The Bookworm hosts Beijing's only classical music open-mic night. Have you been itching to play your French horn, violin, clarinet or flute? Perhaps you’d like to show your stuff on The Bookworm’s piano? Get involved or simply bask in the glory of some of Beijing's best international classical musicians. All are welcome!
Writing is a solitary endeavor, but it need not be a lonely one. We meet every other week to read, think about, and discuss what we’re working on. Members may share short stories or novel chapters for in-depth feedback, and we also give writing prompts as optional homework between sessions. When time allows, we sometimes pick apart a short story from a well-known writer for inspiration.
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