March is the richest month of the year for literature in Macau! From 4-19th March 2017, the Script Road literary festival brought international and local novelists, poets and dramatists together for a celebration of literature in three languages. This year, the Department of English worked closely with the festival, particularly through an MYRG project that focuses on ‘Contemporary Literature in English: Resource development and outreach’, directed by Associate Professor Glenn Timmermans. The Department of English and the Script Road partnered with Moon Chun Memorial College to host Grace Chia, a Singaporean poet and novelist, for two weeks before the festival, and the Department of English also brought Man Booker-nominated Scottish novelist, Graeme Macrae Burnet, first of all to work with students on campus.
He then give a reading at the festival, moderated by Professor John Corbett, Head of FAH-English. Students of English Literature, and also five groups GE students studying ‘Creativity and Writing’ with the English Language Centre, enjoyed the unmissable opportunity to meet these two renowned writers as well as prize-winning authors Claire Keegan, Krys Lee and Madeleine Thien, from Ireland, Korea and Canada. MA students working on the ‘Contemporary Literature in English’ project also interviewed the writers in the Department of Communication Creative Media lab, and so the University has a valuable record of the visits that will inform and inspire future Literature students. The ‘Contemporary Literature in English’ project has developed a unique synergy between FAH English, MCM RC and the Script Road festival, and it has really brought literature to life for students across the University!