November Events and Opportunities

By Wasafiri Editor on November 6, 2017 in


The David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship is a unique and generous annual award of £26,000 to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year in the UK, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

The Fellowship is named for its sponsor Mr David Wong, a retired Hong Kong businessman who has also been a teacher, journalist and senior civil servant, and is a writer of fiction. The Fellowship was launched in 1997 and the first Fellow appointed from 1st October 1998.

David T.K.Wong’s first novel The Evergreen Teahouse was published in 2003, his collection of short fiction Chinese Stories in Times of Change in 2009.  His most recent novel is The Embrace of Harlots. In this radio interview David Wong speaks about his life, his writing and the David T. K. Wong Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. To read excerpts from David Wong’s work and for more information, please visit his website.

The David T.K. Wong Fellow joins a community of writers founded by Sir Angus Wilson and Sir Malcolm Bradbury in 1970. UEA creative writing graduates include Naomi Alderman, Tash Aw, Trezza Azzopardi, John Boyne, Tracy Chevalier, Andrew Cowan, Anne Enright, Adam Foulds, Emma Healey, Kathryn Hughes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Anjali Joseph, Ian McEwan, Andrew Miller, Neel Mukherjee, Owen Sheers, Christie Watson, DW Wilson, and Naomi Wood.

Entry for the 2018-19 Fellowship is now open.

Application deadline: Tuesday 30th January 2018



London Borough of Tower Hamlets

3 – 26 November 2017

A Season of Bangla Drama is back in November 2017 for the fifteenth year running!

Thirteen plays use a range of British-Bengali perspectives to bring classic and novel drama to stages across the borough with physical theatre, dance and music being used to overcome language barriers and reach out to new audiences.

This year’s programme ranges from the traditional to the contemporary with specific musings on life in 21st Century London, the use and abuse of absolute power as well as memories of Lascars and migration and not least, the significant historical moment when India underwent Partition.

Other themes include justice, retribution and gender equality, but along with geo-politics and dark underworlds are witty and inspiring insights. Literary precedents include Tagore and adaptations of Moliere. Satirical yet topical, the richness of the East End’s various languages and cultures are the great tradition of storytelling and the main programme of performances is to be supplemented by a fringe programme of talks, walks and exhibitions with further opportunities for audience participation.

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The Great Midwest Book Festival will consider published and unpublished works in fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual, young adult, business/technology, unpublished manuscripts, wild card (anything goes!), nature/animals and regional lit. There is no date of publication restriction, but all entries must be in English or Spanish.

Our grand prize for the 2017 Great Midwest Book Festival winner is an appearance fee and a flight to our November awards ceremony in Chicago.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel using the following criteria:

1. General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.

2. The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

ENTRIES: Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book, although multiple entries may be sent in the same package. Just make sure each entry has a separate entry form.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at or may be faxed/emailed to you. Please contact our office at 323-665-8080 for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.