Xiaolu Guo is a Chinese British author and filmmaker. She has written for the Guardian, the Independent, the FT and published several novels including A Concise Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers as well as story collections. Her memoir Once Upon a Time In The East won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2017 and shortlisted for Costa Book Award. She is named as a Granta’s Best of Young British Novelist. She also directed several award wining feature films. She, a Chinese won the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival 2009. Her latest documentary Five Man and a Caravaggio premiered at the London Film Festival 2018. She was a guest professor at Bern University and is now a fellow of the Columbia Institute in Paris.