Writing About Rights: PEN’s Human Rights Lectures by Prolific Author Manjushree Thapa

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Esteemed Canadian essayist and fiction writer Manjushree Thapa discusses pressing topics pertaining to human rights and writing about women’s rights in PEN Hong Kong’s latest series of lectures.


The issues of human and women’s rights have been in the limelight globally in modern days; Hong Kong is no exception. PEN Hong Kong, a bilingual society founded in the 1980s by locally-based writers, journalists and academics advocating the freedom of expression in Hong Kong and the rest of China, will welcome Kathmandu-born author Manjushree Thapa (b. 1968) in two literary events.

In Our Own Lives: Women’s Rights, to be held on 27 November 2018 in Swing a Cat, will be a reading on fundamental women’s rights issues in today’s society. Thapa will be joined by PEN Hong Kong’s Executive Committee member Ilaria Maria Sala, and members Gina Marchetti and Jessica Yeung,

On 28 November 2018, Thapa will be the keynote speaker at The Inner Life: How Fiction Illuminates Human Rights in Wang Gungwu Theatre at the University of Hong Kong.

The author of the novel The Tutor of History, non-fictional work Forget Kathmandu as well as translations from Nepali such as There is a Carnival Today, Thapa is one of the most respected writers and translators in Nepal. She is also an active commentator on current events, protesting against unequal rights for women in the new Nepali constitution.


When: 27 Nov 2018 - 28 Nov 2018 Where: Various