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Talk: Xiaolu Guo with Nikesh Shukla

Vincent van Gogh Pollarded Willows, Arles 1888 Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands

Join us for an intimate evening of readings and discussion with writers Xiaolu Guo and Nikesh Shukla

Inspired by The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain, which tells the story of Van Gogh’s arrival in London as a migrant in his twenties, this salon-style discussion contemplates shifting identities, cultural traditions and youthful ambition. How do you carry your personal cultural history to a new landscape? What kind of influence can a city have on an artist’s work?

Hear novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo share her own journey from rural China to London, and about the inspirations and challenges that London provided and how it continues to inform her work. Chaired by acclaimed writer and editor Nikesh Shukla, together they will explore the parallels with her experience and Van Gogh’s, and the unique role he has played in her life.

Photograph of Xiaolu Guo in a cafe

Xiaolu Guo

Photograph of Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla by Jon Aitken


Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo is a novelist and filmmaker. She moved to the UK in 2002 from China. Her novels include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and I Am China. Her memoir Once Upon A Time in the East was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and won the National Book Critics Circle Award 2017. She also directed feature films, including She, a Chinese (Golden Leopard Award 2009 at the Locarno Film Festival). She was named a Granta’s Best of Young British Novelist.

Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is the author of three novels. His latest, The One Who Wrote Destiny came out in Spring 2018. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010. His second novel Meatspace was released to critical acclaim in 2014. Nikesh has written for the Guardian, Observer, Independent, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC2, LitHub, Guernica and BBC Radio 4. Nikesh is also the editor of the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant which won the reader's choice at the Books Are MyBag Awards. Nikesh was one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Global Thinkers and The Bookseller's 100 most influential people in publishing in 2016 and in 2017. He is the co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency.

This event has been provided by Tate Foundation on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD.

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Date & Time

24 May 2019 at 18.15–20.00

There will a private view of the exhibition before the discussion beginning at 18.15 and again afterwards following the talk until 20.30.



£24 Concessions

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