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Delighting your tastebuds since 1999…

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Here’s to the ones who love to eat! …To celebrate our 20th year on the bund, our Executive Chef Hamish Waddel has updated a grand total of 25 dishes on our own dinner menu! 

While still honouring our favourites, we have a delicious variety of dishes giving our menu a new charm that will delight your taste buds. We’ve also stayed true to our motto of enviromentally friendly & substainably sourced ingredients by adding more healthy vegetable based cuisine which means even more choices for our vegetarian and vegan friends.

Best Silf Yet: Week 2 in Review…

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Another April,

Another Litefest comes to a close…

It’s always hard to farewell our favourite weeks of the year; the afternoons full with conversations and the evenings spent devouring our latest literary purchases. Litfest has passed as if in a dream, and we return to waking life. 

We’d like to sincerely thank all of the sponsors who made this year’s events possible for lending their support in myriad ways. We hosted 43 authors across 33 events this year, a feat certainly to be congratulated. 

Also a big thank you to everyone to who attended sessions this year, both to watch and to work; it was a thrill to see many of you more than once!

See the posts below for a summary of some popular sessions…

Olivia Martin McGuire: Engaged Chinese couples can spend up to USD$400,000 on a destination pre-wedding photoshoot. Others visit expansive photo studios on the outskirts of the city and spend 8 am to 10 pm in front of the lens, in search of the perfect depiction of their partnership. Australian photographer Olivia Martin McGuire shared her experiences shadowing these couples as part of her documentary process for China Love, delving into the rationale behind one of China’s mammoth industries. 

Rao Pingru: Ninety-eight year old Grandfather Rao spoke to an awed audience about his life story and his lifelong love for his wife, Meitang. Although he spent more than 20 years of their marriage away from her, his graphic novel Our Story commemorates the couple’s endurance through separation and sickness; it was a heartwarming lunch. 

Hugo-award winning sci-fi author Hao Jingfang spoke about her novella Folding Beijing, it’s exploration of space and inequality and her own approach to writing alongside her role at an economic think tank.

Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski, known in practice as WAI Architecture Think Tank, asked about the relationship of architecture to capital and wondered, through a walkthrough of their previous projects, how spaces might instead be used to facilitate learning and critical thinking.

Long-time Litfest favourite and Shanghai legend Paul French returned to Glam once again, this time to introduce the eighteen real life figures, albeit true characters, that populate his new book, Destination Shanghai

Sunday morning with Stephen Brusatte was an absolutely stand out session. A palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh, Brusatte revealed to an amazed audience not only that birds are members of the dinosaur family tree, but also that many dinosaurs had feathers. 

Adrian Bradshaw arrived in China to study in the early 80s; instead, he found himself drifting away from formal language study and into photography as he documented the changes in China throughout the 1980s. In this retrospective session, Bradshaw talked the audience through his photographic collection of the era; quite literally providing a snapshot of China over three decades ago. 

For the kids: Our first Saturday session saw New Zealander and author of The Kitchen Science CookbookMichelle Dickinson, lead her young audience in easy experiments to pique their scientific minds.

Litfest 2019 was graced with not one, but two talks from Australian journalist Richard Fidler. We enjoyed his Friday conversation about Ghost Empire and the ancient layers of Constantinople in contemporary Istanbul so much that we squeezed in another session the following Tuesday. In this, he spoke about his more recent book, Saga Land, and the Icelandic tales and histories that it contains. 

The 1st Weekend of Litefest ’19 in Review

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It was a stellar, star-studded weekend at Glam for the first days of Litfest 2019. There was hardly a bare chair in sight, with Christopher Doyle, Tess Johnston and the FT Debate leaving standing room only. 


Jin Yucheng

The beloved local novelist delved into the private lives and secret idiosyncrasies of Shanghai residents in the 1950s in conversation with his friend Qiu Xiaolong and Austin Woerner. The conversationalists’ excitement at Jin Yucheng’s own illustrations of his changing, fictional Shanghai was palpable as they sprang between English and Chinese in an effort to explain it all to their audience. 

Christopher Doyle

For Saturday’s closing session, Chris Doyle spoke to a wrapt audience about his relationship to the camera, the actors and his audience in an unprecedented hour long encore.  

You never know who will be in the crowd… we even had a special audience member Barry Jenkins, director and writer of Oscar-Winning film ‘Moonlight’…

Tess Johnston

Ever a Litfest favourite, Tess Johnston returned on Sunday morning to speak about the life of Daisy Kwok, daughter of a wealthy Shanghai family and survivor of the turmoils of 20th Century China. 

Alan Hollinghurst 

Another Litfest alumn, Man Booker Prizing winning author Alan Hollinghurst returned on Sunday to speak about his new novel, The Sparsholt Affair. Not least amongst the highlights were the sections he read aloud in his famously mellifluous baritone. Keep an eye open for the Podcasts, out in a few weeks…

FT Great Debate

The weekend ended in another iteration of the riotous FT Great Debate, with this year’s teams grappling with the motion: Is Brexit Best for Britain? Perhaps the votes were unsurprising, but the debate was full of thrilling twists and argumentative acrobatics by the brilliant FT correspondents.

LITFEST 2019: The Best Time of the Year

By | Podcast

Merry merry and happy happy from all of us at M…as a special holiday treat, we’re sharing a teaser of what to expect come spring at the Shanghai International Literary Festival 2019 (Remember! Dates areMarch 14-27, 2019).

The full programme will be released on February 15th and, as always, tickets will be sold exclusively on our website.  

You know we’re not going to divulge *everything*, but IF you were going to do some holiday reading, here are a few of our suggestions…wink, wink.

Celebrated science-fiction writer and winner of the Hugo Award, Hao Jingfang’s (郝景芳) Folding Beijing is an absolute must-read.

Award-winning British-Pakistani writer, Nadeem Aslam, considered “one of the most exciting and serious British novelists writing now” just came out with his latest novel, The Golden Legend. We’ve read it…we suggest you do the same.

Qiu Xiaolong’s (裘小龙) long-awaited new addition to the Inspector Chen series: in Shanghai RedemptionInspector Chen Cao finds himself and his reputation being set up for public disgrace, and possibly worse…a suspenseful drama! 

David Abulafia’s The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranen is a, “magnificent and quite stunningly compendious history of the Mediterranean, with a key to unlocking its rich and turbulent past.” A jewel for all of you history buffs!

Equipped with a historian’s inquiring mind, Billy Griffith’s Deep Time Dreaming seeks to understand the extraordinary deep history of the Australian continent. A one-of-a-kind book, highly recommended!

Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.” A Litfest Favorite, we can’t wait!

Stay tuned for more information in January…and always check our WeChat for the latest!





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A Call to Writers for the 2019-20 M Literary Residency

Applications for the Residency open on January 1, 2019 and will close on March 31, 2019 midnight GMT. The winner will be announced on May 31st, 2019


The M Residency allows writers with an interest in China to deepen their understanding of this vital and fascinating place. Established in 2009 and fully funded by the M Restaurant Group, the residency has its roots in M’s Shanghai and Beijing Literary Festivals, and aims to foster artistic, cultural and intellectual links between individuals and communities. 

From 2009 to 2016 the residency included one resident in Shanghai and one in India. In 2017, the residency included one resident based in Shanghai and one in Beijing. Since 2018, there has been one resident in Shanghai, China.

For 6-8 weeks in 2019, one writer will have the opportunity to write undisturbed in the heart of this bustling city. The residency is open to writers of prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction and screenwriting.

Some Of  Our Past Recipients…


To apply, please use our Submittable page For more information regarding the M Literary Residency programme, please visit our official website.

All submissions are due by March 31, 2019 midnight and must be in English or include an English translation.

We’re thrilled to announce the official dates of the Shanghai International Literary Festival. From March 14-27, 2019, the M Restaurant Group will be bringing you the brightest stars of the literary world. 

The full programme will be released on February 4th and tickets will be exclusively sold on our website. Our headliner sessions move fast so make sure to bookmark the ones you’re dying to see and act quickly once tickets go on sale. 

Stay tuned for more information in January…and always check our WeChat for the latest!





By | Upcoming Events

What secrets and stories of the past does Shanghai have written down for its attentive readers? What handwriting practices survive in the city which seemingly turns towards digital writing? Chinese script is known to accompany paintings, but in fact it tends to accompany in different forms many human creations, serving a number of purposes from informative to magical or decorative. This richly illustrated talk forms an attempt to look more closely at the fascinating connection between the city and writing practices, shaping its look, identity and daily life inside the lanes. It is a celebration of Shanghai urban space maintaining multilayered traces of various hopes and experiences, both in messages provided by the authorities and bottom-up expression of anonymous inhabitants. It is a combination of a broader overview of endangered urban writing practices in Shanghai and more thorough analysis of few of them, to provide insights and inspiration for those bound to Chinese script by passion and creative work.

Karolina Pawlik is an anthropologist, art historian and a poet, who is currently Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California’s and Jiaotong University’s joint Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry. She has been based in Shanghai since 2012, teaching at L’école de design Nantes-Atlantique, Jiaotong University, the ESSCA School of Management, and L’école de Communication Visuelle. Main areas of research and interest include: visual modernism in Shanghai, evolution of writing practices in the 20th and 21st centuries, and transcultural design. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Silesia.

Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 15 Dec 2018 – 4 pm
Tickets: 100 RMB/50 RMB

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魅蓝艺术墙 The Wall at Glam 将再次与 Suzhou Cobblers 合作,设计师兼店主黄梦琦以杜可风为魅蓝创作的艺术装置为灵感,制作出一系列限量新品鞋包。本次展览的揭幕派对将于11月9日晚举办,敬请期待。

After a massively successful collaboration with Suzhou Cobblers in 2016, we are thrilled that Denise Huang is joining us again with another exciting range of limited edition shoes & bags inspired by one of Glams  favourites, Christopher DoyleThe Wall at Glam will display Suzhou Cobblers creative designs until the end of this year.

设计灵感 | Design Inspiration

时常想起电影《花样年华》里的场景,那些涌动的光影和扑朔迷离的美至今无法忘怀。有这样一个机会,可以将《花样年华》的摄影师杜可风(Christopher Doyle)的艺术作品融入到我自己的设计,当然是很荣幸的,并非常乐意接受这个有趣的挑战。


Perhaps best known for his work on films like “In the Mood for Love,” artist and cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, has been an inspiration for Suzhou Cobblers designs for many years. When GLAM offered me the chance to incorporate his work into designs for my handbags and shoes, I jumped at the opportunity. It is an honor and a pleasure to embrace this challenge.

The Glam Girls that welcome guests at the entrance are at once beautiful and whimsical. A gorgeous lady’s hair is replaced with mussels; a Qipao is filled out by a salad of vegetables. Such rich and colorful imagery creates a world of possibility… one I look forward to sharing with everyone at the opening party on November

产品面料 | Product Material


The hand-made shoes and handbags displayed on ‘The Wall at Glam’ are very unique and all specially produced with material by Waste2Wear. Shanghai-based Waste2Wear makes environmentally friendly fabrics from plastic bottles.

快闪店 | Suzhou Cobblers x Glam Girls Pop Up 

魅蓝艺术墙揭幕酒会当日,Suzhou Cobblers会在魅蓝的私人包厢内设置快闪店,大家将有机会直接购买限量款鞋包。

We will set up a small pop-up shop in our glamorous private room & will be selling a limited supply of the bags and shoes from this line. We look forward to seeing you all at the launch party, if you don’t come you might just miss out!


Denise HUANG Meng Qi 黃夢琦


Shanghai-born designer Denise Huang produces Chinese slippers, shoes, handbags, hats and clothing that recall her hometown’s stylish roots.

Suzhou Cobblers


17 Fuzhou Road, Shanghai

Tel: +8621 6321 7087


Everyday 10:00am – 6:30pm

– Photo by Gràinne Quinlan


By | Past Events


– Official Launch Party – IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE


魅蓝艺术墙 The Wall at Glam 将再次与 Suzhou Cobblers 合作,设计师兼店主黄梦琦以杜可风为魅蓝创作的艺术装置为灵感,制作出一系列限量新品鞋包。本次展览的揭幕派对将于11月9日晚举办,敬请期待。

After a massively successful collaboration with Suzhou Cobblers in 2016, we are thrilled that Denise Huang is joining us again with another exciting range of limited edition shoes & bags inspired by one of Glams favourites, Christopher Doyle.

The Wall at Glam will display Suzhou Cobblers creative designs until the end of this year.

Dress Code:

快闪店  Suzhou Cobblers x Glam Girls Pop Up 

魅蓝艺术墙揭幕酒会当日,Suzhou Cobblers会在魅蓝的私人包厢内设置快闪店,大家将有机会直接购买限量款鞋包。

We will set up a small pop-up shop in our glamorous private room & will be selling a limited supply of the bags and shoes from this line. We look forward to seeing you all at the launch party, if you don’t come you might just miss out!

Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 9th Nov 2018 – 8pm

Appreciating the String Quartet: Two Masterpieces by Mozart and Shostakovich

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Mozart, Shostakovich and the two Joe’s

The relationships between composers and heads of government has a long, rich history.  Monteverdi had a string of royal patrons as did Bach whose supporters included  Frederick the Great.  Haydn had his Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy for whose family he served as Musical Director (Kapellmeister) for almost 30 years. The relationship between Wagner and the “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria has been celebrated in film. Perhaps no two composers had more contrasting relationships with their sovereign leaders–both ironically named Joseph–than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Dimitri Shoshtakovich whose works we will hear on Sunday, November 25th.

Mozart actively sought out a relationship with Emperor Joseph II of Austria who was known as the “Musical King” due to his modest musical gifts and valuable patronage of the arts.  The twenty-five year-old Mozart wrote to his father in 1781, “My main goal right now is to meet the emperor in some agreeable fashion, I am absolutely determined he should get to know me. I would be so happy if I could whip through my opera for him and then play a fugue or two, for that’s what he likes.”  Mozart did meet the emperor the later that year and was afforded various degrees of patronage over the next nine years or so.  This support was despite the fact that Joseph found Mozart’s music a bit to showy for his taste, the emperor preferring a plainer style that he associated with German music. However Mozart was of assistance to Joseph as well.  One of the emperor’s many reforms was to cement German as the official language of the empire.  To Joseph’s delight, Mozart wrote two operas, The Abduction at the Seraglio and The Magic Flute with German libretti instead of Italian, the more usual choice for the time.

In contrast, Shostakovich faced imminent imprisonment, or even execution, twice in his long cat-and-mouse drama with Joseph Stalin.  Like Adolph Hitler at the other end of the political spectrum, Stalin despised modernist music and was determined to force composers to write music that was easy to understand by the proletariat and which upheld socialist values.  Shostakovich’s earlier music that often exhibited sharp dissonances and a sardonic wit was a clear target.  In 1936 at the beginning of the era called the Terror when many out of favor public figures were imprisoned or killed by the state, Stalin walked out, clearly unhappy after a performance of Shostakovich’s operatic masterpiece Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.  Afterwards the composer was mercilessly criticized in the Soviet press which accused him of “formalism” or adopting the forms of established Western music.

Feeling that the upcoming premier of his Fourth Symphony would seal his fate, Shoshakovich cancelled the performance.  It is widely felt that this act likely saved his life.

Shostakovich slowly returned to favor during the War, but again in 1948 Shostakovich and many other Russian composers including Prokofiev were accused of writing non-Russian, Western influenced “formalist” music.   Most of Shostakovich’s works were consequently banned from performance with the government withdrawing his family privileges and financial support.  So certain was Shostakovich of arrest that he he would spend the night on the landing by the elevator, so that at least his family would not be disturbed.  The composer was forced to write blatantly patriotic pieces like the cantata, Song of the Forests, which praised Stalin as the “great gardener”. Only after Stalin’s death in 1953 did Shostakovich find a degree of stability, but the successive political ordeals seemed to have left permanent emotional scars on the composer.

On November 25th we will hear two masterpieces by Mozart and Shostakovich.  From Mozart we will hear his String Quartet number 14, also called “The Hunt”, and dedicated to one of his idols,  Joseph Haydn.  We will hear Shostakovich’s ninth String Quartet written in 1964 and dedicated to his third wife Irina Antonovna whom he married in 1962.

This magnificent music will be played by the young, award-winning Gallant Quartet fresh from their third place finish in the Shanghai Chamber Music Competition last May, and more recently, second place winners of the Schoenfeld International Competition in July.  Come and hear this dynamic young ensemble play at a technical and artistic level far above their years.

For this performance we are delighted to have M Talks as co-hosts!  We look forward to adding many new chamber music lovers to our ranks!

As always I encourage pre-listening to better appreciate the live performance:

For the Mozart:

For Shostakovich:

See you on November 25th at 4:00pm at Glam!

Bob Martin


Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 25th Nov 2018 – 4 pm
Tickets: 180 RMB/85 RMB

M Talks China: Organizing the Myriad Beings

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Organizing the Myriad Beings. From traditional knowledge about plants to the science of botany in China.


Nicholas K. Menzies
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California.

In the 1960s, Joseph Needham asked why China, after being at the forefront of science until perhaps the early Ming dynasty, apparently later fell so far behind the west.  ‘Organizing the Myriad Beings’ looks at Needham’s question through the story of how traditional knowledge of plants in China gave way to scientific botany over a period of about a hundred years between 1850 – 1950. ‘Organizing the Myriad Beings’ traces the history of one species in particular, the camellia, to illustrate what made scientific botany different from traditional knowledge about plants. It tells how early botanists in China found themselves moving between alternative ways of observing, classifying and describing the world at a time of profound political and cultural change. Their story encourages us to reflect about the different ways in which people make sense of the diversity of “the myriad beings” in the natural world that surrounds us.

Event detail:

Where: Glam, No.5 The Bund (corner of Guangdong Lu) 广东路20号(外滩5号)7楼
When: 1st Dec 2018 – 4 pm
Tickets: 100 RMB/50 RMB