Tales from an Intrepid Traveller in China during the Cultural Revolution
Wednesday 19 October 2022 10:30 to 15:00
Un moment chez Mémé, Bookstore and Café in Mougins
Birgitta Lindqvist, Swedish writer, was one of the very few
foreigners in China when she arrived with her Swedish diplomat husband in the middle of the Cultural Revolution. She cycled across Beijing dressed in a Mao costume as no other clothes could be bought. People would gather around the young blond woman and every morning The Party sent a Chinese teacher to her home to teach her Chinese from Mao’s Little Red book, the only book allowed in the whole country.
Years later, as a well-known writer in Sweden and in the middle
of a difficult divorce Birgitta come in contact with a young
woman poet in China whose poetry she started to translate into
Swedish, English and French. She travelled to China to meet
her and her beautiful poetry helped her to overcome this difficult
time in her life.
Birgitta who lives in France and in Sweden will tell us about
some of her experiences from the Cultural Revolution including
meeting with political leaders at the time and will read poetry
from Yu Xiu Hua.
The day will begin with coffee/tea and home made cakes, lunch
menu will be selected in September but is freshly made each
day on the premises. It will include a glass of wine and coffee.
Menu choices are limited and use fresh locally sourced
Member ticket €20
This is a member event only with limited spaces available.
*Registration deadline is October 12, 2022.
(Registration not fully paid by closing date will be cancelled and a person on the waiting list will be offered your place.)
*This event is subsidised by IWCR
If you need anymore info please contact
06 40 19 56 35
There is parking here but it is quite tight so if you are able to
car-pool please do so. This bookstore/cafe is just near the
roundabout in St Basile which goes to Valbonne or the Mougins
||461, Ave Saint-Basile, 06250 Mougins