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The M Literary Residency

The M Literary Residency Programme, 2018-19

Applications for the 2018 Residency open on October 16, 2017 and will close on January 1, 2018. The winner will be announced at the 2018 Shanghai International Literary Festival on March 15, 2018 (Festival dates are March 15-28, 2018).

The M Residency allows writers with an interest in China to deepen their understanding of this vital and fascinating place. Established in 2009 and fully funded by the M Restaurant Group, the residency has its roots in M’s Shanghai and Beijing Literary Festivals, and aims to foster artistic, cultural and intellectual links between individuals and communities. From 2009 to 2016 the residency included one resident in Shanghai and one in India. In 2017, the residency included one resident based in Shanghai and one in Beijing. Starting in 2018, there will be one resident in Shanghai, China.

The M Literary Residency Programme is fully funded by the M Restaurant Group. The intent of the Residency is to provide space and time primarily for writing and location-specific research. It is not to be used as a base for travel for research or leisure. For residency guidelines and application details, please click here

"A new atmosphere and a different schedule can change the way you work, and I appreciated having time for discovery as I found my way to surprising new work. "

M Literary Residency Recipients 2017-2018

  • Shanghai: Fiona Wright
  • Beijing: Diana Xin

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.

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: