Taiwanese Nature Writer Liu Ka-shiang in Leeds

Acclaimed Taiwanese writer Liu Ka-shiang tells the story of how saving the black-faced spoonbill also brought benefits to local farmers, and Tainan breakfasts!

Date: 16-02-2017
Time: 17:30 - 19:00

Native to East Asia, no more than 3,000 black-faced spoonbills remain in the world today. In 1994, Liu Ka-shiang became one of the first to raise public awareness of the bird's grave plight by publishing his nature writing in the media. Now the black-faced spoonbill is listed as an important wetland bird, and its protection has become an important issue across East Asia. In this talk, Mr Liu will trace the story of how saving the Taiwan habitat of the migratory black-faced spoonbill also led to the development of a model which enables rural economics and tourism to exist side-by-side. There will be time for Q&A. 

Liu Ka-shiang is one of Taiwan’s most acclaimed writers, and a pioneer of nature writing in Taiwan – and a lively speaker. An essayist, poet, novelist and travel writer as well as a naturalist, he has twice won the Taipei International Book Exhibition Book Prize. Most recently his book The Cats of Fu-tei, about the feral cats on the campus of Lingnan University in Hong Kong, has been listed for the non-fiction prize. His writing covers eco-tourism, wild fruits and vegetables, ancient hiking trails, small town folklore, and his ultimate passion – birds.

He has published over twenty collections of essays, over a dozen books of nature and travel writing, several collections of poetry, and some illustrated children’s books. He has also been an editor for several major Taiwanese newspapers and magazines.

East Asian Studies

Location: SR 1.15, Maurice Keyworth Bldg, Leeds University Business School
Cost: Free