22 – 28 October


Compass: Story or Speech Crime? Storytelling in 18th Century China with Xun Liu

Monday, 26 Oct
We are inviting donations. 100% of proceeds will go directly to the writer(s) / artist(s).

Following an open call for event proposals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic artists and writers in February 2020, we are delighted to present six events as part of our Compass strand.

In the High-Qing Era of ‘literary inquisition’ - also known as 'speech crime' – storytelling was a delicate balance in which writers had to be as implicit as they could in order to avoid censorship.

Xun Liu, a freelance literary and academic translator and PhD candidate in the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies, explores the unique narrative styles employed by C18th writers, and the socio-political and cultural background of this fascinating era.

The Gutter Bookshop is sad they can’t be at the festival in person this year but you can browse (and purchase!) books by the featured authors at the special ILFDublin festival shop - CLICK HERE. And remember that there’s no postage to pay in Ireland if you spend over €30 or if you choose to collect your books from either of our bookshops. Just choose the ‘Free Shipping’ or ‘Click & Collect’ options at checkout!