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China puts brakes on Liao Yiwu's plans for Frankfurt Book Fair

25th September 2009

Chinese author Liao Yiwu has been banned by the country's authorities from attending an event linked to the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair.

The writer and political dissident told Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that he will not be able to take up his formal invitation for the event, after being prevented from leaving his home country.

'Chinese state security officials told me that I will not be allowed to fly to Germany,' he explained.

Yiwu, who wrote The Corpse Walker, was supposed to sit with other Chinese authors in a podium discussion connected to the fair on October 10th.

The development comes after Chinese writers Bei Ling and Dai Qing had their invitations to the Frankfurt Book Fair revoked by organisers.

It later emerged that this was carried out at the request of the Chinese organising committee.

Earlier this week, Ellen Hopkins, the author of young adult fiction such as Crank, told the Guardian that she was 'incensed' to find her visit to an Oklahoma school was cancelled after a parent complained about her books, insisting that there was no room for censorship in modern literature.

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