My book on Taiwan, The Universe and Everything: What is literary journalism?

Key information

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Main Building, SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG

About this event

What's behind the planning to write a well-researched mass-market non-fiction book on Taiwan? How do you write to appeal to a wide audience and yet stay grounded in the way things really are? What are the differences between journalistic and academic approaches? How can journalism be literary? Neal E. Robbins shares his designs for his coming book, Plucky Island: Taiwan in limbo, and gives a work-in-progress report on preparing the outlines of the book, expected to be completed in early 2024.

Speaker's biography

Neal E. Robbins

Neal E. Robbins is a journalist doing postgraduate Taiwan studies at SOAS. He is a former foreign correspondent in East Asia and Europe and professor of journalism. Reviewers have compared his last book was on Venice, Italy, to the classic on the Italian city by James Morris. Recently Robbins has contributed articles to The Guardian and Foreign Policy magazine.