This was a free event, jointly hosted by Poets & Players and the Chinese Arts Centre. It took place in the Jasmine Suite in the Chinese Arts Centre, 13 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1EU.
Jane Yeh was born in America and educated at Harvard, Iowa, and Manchester Metropolitan universities. Her first collection of poems, Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. Her latest collection, The Ninjas, was published by Carcanet in 2012. Her poems have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Nation, and other journals, as well as in anthologies including The Best British Poetry and The Forward Book of Poetry. She is a judge for this year’s National Poetry Competition and teaches creative writing at Kingston University London.
You can link to Jane Yeh’s website here.
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Li Lu started her musical journey when she was given a cello by her father on her fifth birthday. Her aptitude for the instrument took her from her home town, Zheng Zhou, to the Wu Han Conservatory of Music and then to Beijing, where she was the youngest member of the National Ballet Orchestra (2002-2004). In 2005, she moved to Europe. She released her debut CD, Believe, in Ireland and went on a national tour playing the Bach cello suites. One year later, she won a major scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester,
Li Lu is the guest leading cellist of the Concordia Cello Ensemble and supported by the Concordia Foundation in London. She also collaborates with the Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas as a cello and guitar duo, and with the Australian pianist Lee Cheong as the Li & Lee Duo. In addition to her exciting performing career, Li Lu teaches in Chetham’s School of Music and the Junior RNCM.
You can link to Li Lu’s website here.