By Sofia Jesus

Get your notebook ready because this is a weekend in full, with the beginning of the Macau Literary Festival and a new exhibition in Casa Garden.

Let’s start with The Scrip Road. The Macau Literary Festival opens tomorrow, Saturday, March 4, at 3 pm, in the Old Court Building. After the official opening ceremony, there will be several sessions in the same venue. The first one starts at 4 pm and is called Illustrating Words — The Art of Comics, with the participation of Dick Ng, Filipe Melo, Philippe Graton and Clément Baloup.

The literary feast continues in the Old Court Building at 5.30 pm, with the session In the Labyrinth of Contemporary Chinese Fiction — Interview with Lo Yi-Chin, followed by the session Atomic Books — Hiroshima, Fukushima and Other Disasters, with Daniel de Roulet, at 6.30 pm.

At 7.30 pm, João Morgado and Raquel Ochoa take part in the session Stories with History, and at 8.30 pm is time for The Poets’ Café, with Chen Li, António MR Martins, Rai Mutsu, Wang Jiaxin, and other poets from Macau.

Sunday is another busy day for The Script Road. The programme starts at 11 am with a serious of simultaneous workshops in the Old Court Building. There is the Writing for Children workshop, with children’s Literature Authors from Macau; the Writing Life – How To Prepare a Biography workshop, with Raquel Ochoa; and The Craft of Writing workshop, with Lo Yi-Chin.

The festival goes on at 3 pm, at the Old Court Building, with a session on Poetry and Freedom, with Wang Jiaxin, Liu Waitong and Chen Li. At the same time, but in Taipa Library, Qin Wenjun takes part in the session Little Readers, Big Stories.

Back in the Old Court Building, at 4.30 pm, Rui Lourido, Abraão Vicente, João Azambuja and José Manuel Simões will take part in the session Literature and Exploring the City: Searching for and Finding Oneself — VII Portuguese-Language Writers’ Summit.

At 6 pm, also in the Old Court Building, the festival presents Writing for Films and TV, with Filipe Melo and Eddie Fong, and at 7 pm it is time for Why This World — A Tribute to Clarice Lispector, with Benjamin Moser.

The Sunday programme ends at Cinemathéque — Passion with the screening of The Goddess of 1967, by Clara Law, at 8.30 pm.

The Macau Literary Festival also includes exhibitions, such as Michel Vaillant by Jean Graton and True Stories, both by Philippe Graton, 25+10, by Rodrigo Matos, and Macau Days, by John Young, all opening tomorrow at the Old Court Building.

Before you start your literary banquet, why not go see a new art exhibition in town? Tracing * Liners, by João Palla, opens today, Friday, March 3, 6.30 pm, at Casa Garden.

I know: by now you must be out of breath, but you may agree it is a very interesting programme for the weekend. The tricky part is to find time to enjoy it all.