New Zealand writer seeks inspiration in Shanghai
Melinda Szymanik, a writer from New Zealand, arrived in Shanghai, planning to write her novel with the city as a background. Eight weeks later, she found herself walking around almost every day, taking more than 1,000 photos and making a lot of notes.
"Shanghai is just fantastic!" she said. "It's a city of contrasts, of dualities. I love the excitement and dazzle of the new, and the weight of history and style in the old."
Szymanik is one of seven foreign writers on a two-month Shanghai Writing Program.