The Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing officially launched on 16th July 2018. Originating in a research project, “Writing Chinese: Authors, authority and authorship” funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council through the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), the project expanded and thrived before we decided it needed a permanent home.

The Centre runs a series of talks, readings, workshops, symposia and other activities in Leeds. We have a monthly featured author in our bookclub, run a series of Chinese-English literary translation competitions and masterclasses, and 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.

This Centre provides a forum for anyone and everyone engaged in any aspect of Chinese literature and its authorship: practising authors who write in Chinese, translators who translate authors writing in Chinese, agencies who represent authors writing in Chinese, readers of authors writing in Chinese or of their translators, and academics who construct and deconstruct authors writing in Chinese.