Xiaolu Guo is a gifted Chinese-British novelist and filmmaker, born in South China and moving to London in 2002. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published 6 books in China before emigrating to Britain. She has lived and worked all over Europe, including Switzerland, where she also teaches. Xiaolu explores different national identities and languages in a totally original way. She is a Granta “Best Young British Novelist” and her books, from Village of Stone to A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, have all been shortlisted for major literary prizes. Xiaolu has also directed several award-winning films including “She, A Chinese” and a documentary about London, “Late at Night”.
Xiaolu Guo is one of seven writers taking part in the first Literally Swiss event in London on 9 February 2018 at The Tabernacle in London, together with Alain de Botton, Monique Schwitter, Nicolas Verdan, Deborah Levy, Peter Stamm and Pedro Lenz.
LITERALLY SWISS is a series of literary events in the UK by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, curated and hosted by Rosie Goldsmith, supported by the Embassy of Switzerland UK and the European Literature Network.
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