Events

For details of the Symposia we have held so far, please see our Symposia page

This residential weekend at Weetwood Hall in Leeds will be an opportunity for members of our Writing Chinese Book Review Network to meet a featured author and translator and discuss their work. Over the course of the two days there will be informal sessions devoted to discussion of featured books, as well as to different aspects…

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Join us for the launch of our special guest-edited edition of Stand magazine, on ‘Chinese Journeys‘! We’re having an informal celebration, with drinks, nibbles, and of course issues of the magazine available to buy. We’re delighted that some of the winners of our translation competitions will be attending, as well as the Stand editorial team….
Refreshments provided, and bookstall from Blackwells Books Join us for a presentation and Q&A with Darryl, a prolific translator of literature from Taiwan, whose works include the critically acclaimed The Man With The Compound Eyes 複眼人, by Wu Ming-yi 吳明益, and his latest book – Horace Ho’s 何致和 The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane 花街樹屋 (Balestier Press, 2017)….
Acclaimed Taiwanese writer Liu Ka-shiang will be in Leeds to tell the story of how saving the black-faced spoonbill also brought benefits to local farmers, and Tainan breakfasts! Native to East Asia, no more than 3,000 black-faced spoonbills remain in the world today. In 1994, Liu Ka-shiang became one of the first to raise public…
Refreshments provided We’re delighted to welcome Professor He Jiahong to Leeds, to talk about his work as a legal scholar and writer of detective fiction. Emily Jones, who has translated his novel Black Holes, will also be joining us to discuss her translation. China’s party-run courts have one of the highest conviction rates in the world,…
  To coincide with the awarding of the most recent Hans Christian Andersen Award to Chinese children’s author Cao Wenxuan, we held a special day-long event on children’s fiction in Chinese. We were delighted to welcome Minjie Chen, expert on Chinese children’s literature, and librarian at Princeton University, to give our key-note speech. And we…
Free, but please book on our Eventbrite page. Refreshments provided and bookstall from Blackwells on contemporary Chinese literature. For our second Balestier Press author event, Taiwanese author Shih Chiung-yu will be discussing her work and her new novel Masked Dolls. Shih Chiung-Yu was born in Taiwan in 1968. She grew up in Taitung, a village of aboriginal…
Refreshments provided and bookstall from Blackwells on contemporary Chinese literature. We will be welcoming author Xu Xiaobin and translator Nicky Harman to Leeds to discuss the writing and translation of Xu’s novel, Crystal Wedding, published in March 2016 by Balestier Press. The translation of Crystal Wedding was supported by an English PEN Translates Award. Xu Xiaobin discusses her…
Free Entry (Please book your place on our Eventbrite page) We’re delighted to welcome Read Paper Republic to Leeds, to hold one of their celebrated ‘speed book-clubbing’ events! Following on from successful events at the Free Word Centre in London, Read Paper Republic will introduce you to the world of Chinese writing and of women in…
Translating Contemporary Chinese Poetry: Reflections, Readings and a Give-It-A-Go Workshop Poetry experts and award-winning translators Canaan Morse, Eleanor Goodman and Dr Heather Inwood will kick us off in the morning with presentations and poetry readings. After lunch we will have a hands-on session, facilitated by Canaan and Eleanor, looking at some poems by contemporary prize-winning poets Lan…
Free entry (no need to book) For this event on digital resources we are delighted to be joined by renowned translator, editor and publishing consultant Eric Abrahamsen, founder of Paper Republic; expert on online popular fiction and new media Dr Heather Inwood, and Sean McGibney, co-founder of The Chairman’s Bao, the hugely successful site for reading…