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You can still get tickets for these thrilling talks at the M International Literary Festival

Plus, free entry to the Financial Times debate and more sessions up for grabs

All photographs courtesy M on the Bund
M's annual Shanghai International Literary Festival returns to Glam for its 16th year this week (from March 15-28) with a series of 40 talks, debates, workshops and readings led by renowned authors, artists and journalists from all over the world. Spaces for the big-ticket events – featuring the likes of Paul French and Paul Beatty – are selling fast. But if you're still puzzling over the vast and diverse programme, here are seven top sessions to pick up tickets for now – plus we have some free tickets up for grabs.
FT Great Debates, March 18 at 4pm

FT Great Debates, March 18 at 4pm

Six leading Financial Times journalists go head to head in this debate that asks: 'Who is more dangerous, "Little Rocket Man" Kim Jong Un or "Mentally Deranged Dotard" Donald Trump?' As the tickets for this one went like lightning, M has relocated the event to the B5 Salon and released an extra 100 tickets. Get them before they're gone again. 


Price: 85RMB; 40RMB (students). Buy online.

Win a pair of tickets! We have one pair of tickets to give away for the FT Great Debates worth 170RMB. To be in with a chance of winning, send the message 'I want to win: FT Great Debates' with your WeChat ID and mobile number to the official Time Out Shanghai WeChat account (ID: timeoutshanghaieng). Competition closes 11pm Thursday 15 March.

White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, March 16 at 6pm

White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, March 16 at 6pm

Award-winning British author Geoff Dyer comes to Shanghai to discuss his latest release, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World – which the New York Times describes as 'a humorous and thoughtful examination of the reasons we ache to travel'. Through his talk he'll touch on his travel experiences and the 'power of memory', navigating the question of why people long travel.

Price: 85RMB; 40RMB (students). Buy online.

Hunting with Eagles: In the Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs, March 18 at 12pm

Hunting with Eagles: In the Realm of the Mongolian Kazakhs, March 18 at 12pm

Photographer Palani Mohan is the author of six books and his works have been published all over the world. For his project, Hunting with Eagles, Mohan followed the 'burkitshi' – the nomadic Kazakh eagle-hunters living in the harsh Altai mountains of western Mongolia – for four years. Mohan's powerful photographs capture the bond between man and eagle, the hunter's families and the stark mountain range where they live and hunt. It's a fascinating series that offers an insight into this culture that is under threat by its unforgiving climate.

Price: 85RMB; 40RMB (students).

Win a pair of tickets! We have one pair of tickets to give away for Hunting with Eagles worth 170RMB. To be in with a chance of winning, send the message 'I want to win: Hunting with Eagles' with your WeChat ID and mobile number to the official Time Out Shanghai WeChat account (ID: timeoutshanghaieng). Competition closes 11pm Thursday 15 March.

Book Launch: The Invisible Valley, March 16 at 12pm

Book Launch: The Invisible Valley, March 16 at 12pm

This bilingual lunch book launch (in Chinese and English), from Chinese author Su Wei and his translator Austin Woerner, unveils the English edition of The Invisible Valley. Set in southern China's jungles in the 1970s, the story tells the tale of a man who is plunged into a 'strange world of magic, mysticism, and giant snakes' after he befriends a family of migrant woodcutters.

Price: 180RMB (including lunch). 

Stella Stars, March 23 at 12pm

Stella Stars, March 23 at 12pm

All nominees or winners of Australia's Stella Prize – an annual literary award for female writers across all genres – authors Charlotte Wood, Alexis Wright and Fiona Wright will talk about the different ways in which they have each 'given a voice to the voiceless', as described by the lit fest programme. The authors will delve into huge topics including eating disorders, misogyny and race. This is not one to be missed. 


Price: 180RMB (including lunch). 

Win a pair of tickets! We have one pair of tickets to give away for Stella Stars worth 360RMB. To be in with a chance of winning, send the message 'I want to win: Stella Stars' with your WeChat ID and mobile number to the official Time Out Shanghai WeChat account (ID: timeoutshanghaieng). Competition closes 11pm Thursday 15 March.

Progress & Prosperity, March 15 at 12pm

Progress & Prosperity, March 15 at 12pm

This lunchtime lecture with architect Daan Roggeveen examines themes from his most recent book, Progress & Prosperity: The Chinese City as a Global Urban Model – a timely exploration that 'focusses on the shift from building for construction's sake to that of building for progress'. Over the course of the talk he'll discuss how the building of Chinese megacities is changing, and how the model in China could act as a 'blueprint' for cities globally.


Price: 180RMB (including lunch). Buy online.

Creating Art on Multimedia Platforms, March 17 at 6pm

Creating Art on Multimedia Platforms, March 17 at 6pm

The co-creator of dystopian graphic novel Shooting War and author of the ghostly comic series Red Light Properties, narrative designer and visual artist Dan Goldman creates and tells stories through TV, comics and video games. In his talk, Goldman will discuss his method of storytelling and how he spans and takes on different art forms.

Price: 85RMB; 40RMB (students). Buy online.

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