Children’s Literature Day 2016 Speakers
Katharine Carruthers is a familiar name to Mandarin school teachers in the UK and to increasingly greater numbers across the globe. She is the Director of the UCL IOE Confucius Institute for Schools and an international expert on the teaching of Chinese and about China in schools. Katharine is an experienced teacher and examiner for Chinese, over recent years she has created and developed the popular Mandarin Chinese PGCE course at the UCL Institute of Education.
Anna Gustafsson Chen is a Swedish translator of Chinese literature. She has translated somewhere around 50 works of fiction, mainly contemporary prose by, for instance, Mo Yan, Yu Hua, Su Tong, Han Shaogong, Yan Lianke, Jia Pingwa, Chen Ran and Hong Ying. She is also a librarian and has worked for many years at the Stockholm Municipal Library and at the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media.
Helen Wang has written and edited multiple books and articles, and is Curator of East Asian Money at the British Museum. Her translations for children include Jackal and Wolf by Shen Shixi (Egmont, 2012), Pai Hua Zi and the Clever Girl by Zhang Xinxin (a graphic novel for children set in 1960s Beijing published as an e-book in 2012), and Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan (Walker Books, 2015). She is a contributor to Paper Republic and has recently been working with Nicky Harman, Dave Haysom and Eric Abrahamsen on the Read Paper Republic series, publishing one complete translated short story, poem or essay per week for a year.
Valerie Pellatt is Reader in Chinese Interpreting and Translating at Newcastle University. Her research interests include translation theory and practice, including transcreation and re-writing, and paratext. She has recently worked with Li Ruru and Steve Ansell on the Leeds-Newcastle Drama Translation Colloquium. Her book Sunflowers and Stars: the Ideological Role of Chinese Children’s Rhymes and Poems in the Twentieth Century, was published in 2015.
Jun Cai has had 11 years teaching experience in Shanghai before settling in London. She has just finished PGCE at IOE and is feeling enthusiastic to resume her teaching career as an NQT at Kingsford Community School in London
We will also have virtual contributions to our afternoon roundtable from Dave Haysom and Theresa Munford, who have kindly provided teaching materials and video discussions.
Dave Haysom is a teacher at Beijing World Youth Academy. He has been living and working in Beijing since graduating from Leeds University with a degree in Classical Literature and English in 2007. He first started translating short stories at spittingdog.net, and has since contributed to Asymptote and Words Without Borders. In 2014 he took over as joint managing editor at Pathlight, a quarterly journal of Chinese fiction, poetry and essays in translation; he is also chief editor of “Read Paper Republic”, a new initiative to showcase a weekly translation online.
Theresa Munford is Head of Chinese at St Gregory’s, a mixed comprehensive in Bath. Some of her students have set up a “Reading China” bookclub on Chinese fiction and two Y10 students, Chris and Jennie, have kindly contributed a special video discussion for us. Prior to teaching in schools, Theresa worked and studied in Asia for many years: she has taught Mandarin across the age ranges, and has mentored and trained teachers at Primary and Secondary level. A regular speaker at conferences for teachers of Chinese, Theresa has helped develop resources and has been involved in the steady growth of Chinese as a school curriculum subject over the last decade. She believes strongly that Mandarin Chinese is an accessible language; that the spoken language can be taught efficiently and effectively; and that technology has enabled non-native speakers to attain levels of literacy in Chinese that in the past would have required many years of study.