Author of the Month

This April we feature author Su Wei 苏炜 and an excerpt from his novel The Invisible Valley 迷谷, translated by Austin Woerner and published by Small Beer Press.

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Book Reviews

Want to read more of new Chinese writing in translation but unsure where to start? Let our reviewers guide you to some real gems!

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Events

All are welcome to join our author readings, translation masterclasses, competitions, workshops and symposia.

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Resources

Developed with Paper Republic and the IOE Confucius Institute, click here for lots more resources on new Chinese writing, for both teachers and general readers.

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Writing Chinese

‘Writing Chinese: Authors, Authority and Authorship’ is based at the White Rose East Asia Centre in the University of Leeds, UK. Bringing together writers, translators, publishers, literary agents and academics working in the field of contemporary Chinese literature, we aim to foster closer links and dialogue, and to help promote contemporary Chinese writers in the UK.

Writing Chinese

The project is funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, originally through the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC). We work in collaboration with a number of partners, including Paper Republic, The Institute of Education Confucius Institute, Balestier Press and Penguin China and are developing resources to make new Chinese writing accessible to everyone, with a new strand focussing particularly on school-age readers.

We run a series of talks, readings, workshops, symposia and other activities in Leeds. We have a monthly featured author in our bookclub, run a book review network dedicated to contemporary Chinese literature in translation, and have held a series of Chinese-English literary translation competitions and masterclasses. We also host a regular blog on this website, featuring articles on contemporary Chinese fiction and interviews with writers, translators, and others working in the field.

All are welcome to join in our network.

Blog, news, and events

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For the latest in our series of interviews with translators, we’re joining forces with Samovar Magazine, which publishes speculative fiction...

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We’ve had a busy semester, with visits from Lin Man-chiu, Sheng Keyi and Jeremy Tiang, the launch of our new...

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“Meeting authors and translators gave me an additional window into the literature. I was encouraged to read more widely and...

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Our special guest translator this month is Shelly Bryant, who is also a poet, author and researcher. Splitting her time...

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In partnership with the Mandarin Teachers Network based at the Confucius Institute of the Institute of Education, London, we are developing...

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Writing Chinese is proud to support the launch of the UK Chinese Writers Network, run by Mary Cooper and funded...

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This March we will be holding our second Book Review Network residential weekend, at Weetwood Hall in Leeds. This two-day...

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Join us in conversation with acclaimed writer, translator and playwright Jeremy Tiang, a long time supporter of our Writing Chinese...

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