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Festival of Asian Literature Closing night
Tan Twan Eng – The Garden of Evening Mists in conversation with Maya Jaggi
22 May 2013
Tickets £12, Concessions £10, Friends £8
Set during the Japanese occupation, The Garden of Evening Mists follows a young woman as she seeks solace among the plantations of the Cameron Highlands. Here she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the secretive Aritomo.
Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang, studied law through the University of London and later worked as lawyer in one of Kuala Lumpur's most reputable law firms. He also has a first-dan ranking in aikido and is a strong proponent for the conservation of heritage buildings. His debut novel, The Gift of Rain was also long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Tan Twan Eng lives in Cape Town where he is working on his third novel.
Maya Jaggi’s award-winning cultural journalism gained her an honorary doctorate from The Open University in 2012 for her outstanding contribution, notably in ‘extending the map of international writing.’ A longstanding profile writer and critic for the Guardian Review, she also writes for FT, the Independent, the Economist and Newsweek, and contributes to the BBC. She was chair of judges for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize in Hong Kong, and has been a judge of awards including the Orange Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen prize. She was educated at Oxford University and the LSE.
Sponsored by The British Malaysian Society
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