SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

Korean Literature's New Wave: An Evening with Han Yujoo and Cheon Myeong-kwan

Han Yujoo and Cheon Myeong-kwan

Date: 12 May 2016Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 12 May 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Reading


Han Yujoo and Cheon Myeong-kwan are two of South Korea's brightest young literary stars – no mean feat in a country with such a diverse and dynamic literary scene. In association with the Asia Literary Review, SOAS presents a rare opportunity to join the authors for an evening of bilingual readings and discussion, chaired by translator and publisher Deborah Smith. A drinks reception will follow the main event, where copies of the ALR's issue on younger Korean authors will be available at a special discounted price.


Cheon Myeong-kwan


Cheon Myeong-Kwan was born in Yong-in, South Korea, in 1964. Prior to becoming a novelist, he worked as a screenwriter. His literary debut, the short story ‘Frank and I’, earned the Munhakdongnae New Writer Award (2003). His first novel, 'The Whale' received the Munhakdongnae Award for Best Novel in 2004.



Han Yujoo

Han Yujoo has written three short story collections and the novel 'The Impossible Fairy Tale', which will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. She is a translator of Michael Ondaatje and Geoff Dyer, among others, and teaches at the Seoul Institute of the Arts and Korea University’s Department of Creative Writing.




Phillip Y Kim

Phillip Y Kim has been the Managing Editor of the Asia Literary Review since 2014.  He published a novel - Nothing Gained - in 2013 through Penguin Book Group. His articles and short stoties have been published by Prospect Magazine and Hong Kong Writers Circle anthologies. He currently lives in London UK, having spend over 20 years as a finance professional based principally in Hong Kong.




This seminar is free to attend and open to the public. No registration is required.

Organiser: Centre of Korean Studies

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