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The M Literary Residency

Shanghai, March 10, 2017 – M Restaurant Group is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 M Literary Residency. Diana Xin has been chosen for the residency in Beijing, while Fiona Wright will be the writer in residence in Shanghai.

“Both Diana and Fiona’s proposals showed a hunger to traverse China’s endlessly fascinating cultural landscape, an undeniable talent for words, and highly intriguing ideas that left the judges wanting to see more,” said Michelle Garnaut, founder of M Restaurant Group and M Literary Residency. “Since we founded M Literary Residency in 2009, it has helped to facilitate some truly memorable works by outstanding talents from around the world, and I very much look forward to discovering more from this year’s highly deserving residents.”

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"We're thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 M Literary Residency. Diana Xin has been chosen for the residency in Beijing, while Fiona Wright will be the writer in residence in Shanghai. "

M Literary Residency Recipients 2017-2018

  • Shanghai: Fiona Wright
  • Beijing: Diana Xin

Diana, a China native who was raised and educated in the US, has published her short stories in some of the most influential publications and journals across the continent. Her creative nonfiction was named Narrative Magazine’s Top 5 Stories of 2015-2016 and winner of Beecher’s Magazine 2016 creative nonfiction contest. Diana will spend her residency in Beijing working on several new essays for publication, as well as incorporating elements of the city into an overarching narrative for a larger project. Her works will be inspired by her parents, who come from nearby Hebei province, her family, and the exploration of her own cultural identity.

Hailing from Australia, Fiona has won notable literary awards for her first poetry collection, Knuckled, and her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance. A critic and editor, Fiona has recently completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre, and is planning for the upcoming launch of her next poetry collection, Domestic Interior, in October. In Shanghai, Fiona will work on her second collection of essays, Homing In, which explores cultural and personal ideas about homes, cities, social identities and ordinary spaces, centered on modern urban and suburban lifestyles.

M Literary Residents talk about their residency experience

Open to budding literary talents from around the world aged 21 and above, M Literary Residency allows writers with an interest in China to deepen their understanding of this vital and fascinating cultural well. Fully funded by M Restaurant Group, the residency aims to foster artistic, cultural and intellectual links between individuals and communities, and grows its roots in the Shanghai and Beijing Literary Festivals, which are also founded by Michelle Garnaut and M Restaurant Group.

Now presenting its seventh generation of residents, M Literary Residency already commands an esteemed list of past recipients, including Malaysian novelist Tash Aw, whose novel Five Star Billionaire was longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and is currently being adapted to film in Shanghai, Italian novelist, actress and award-winning screenwriter Francesca Marciano, and Indian novelist, poet, musician and Madeleine Thien, whose novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing, written during her stay in Shanghai, was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.

We asked our previous M Literary Residents to tell us about their Residency experiences, and how the Residencies benefited their writing. If you’re considering applying for an upcoming Residency, be sure to read the testimonials below: