Events

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

We’re looking forward to welcoming guest speakers, including authors Yan Ge and Lijia Zhang, for this event focusing on fiction and gender in China. More speakers to be announced soon, along with further details of the event. Yan Ge is an Author Ambassador for the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing. Her novel《我们家》(2013), was translated as…
Following on from our symposium in September on Non-Han fiction and film in China, we welcome two scholars and translators to discuss their work on Tibetan literature and cultural heritage. Tim Thurston is a lecturer here in East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on Tibetan language and society in the transition…

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We’re delighted to welcome writer, translator and playwright Jeremy Tiang back to Leeds, to discuss his work. Jeremy has been a long-term supporter of the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing, and we’re looking forward to talking to him about his own writing, and his translations of authors such as Chan Ho-Kei and Yeng Pway…
In partnership with Alain Charles Asia Publishing, we’re very happy to welcome the ACA Chinese Literature UK Roadshow to Leeds this month! The event will feature two authors – Ma Pinglai (马平来) and Yang Zhijun (杨志军), who will be discussing their work and their recent books in translation. It will also be a fantastic opportunity to…
We’re delighted to welcome one of China’s most influential contemporary poets to Leeds. Xi Chuan is the author of several collections of poetry, including Notes on the Mosquito, translated by Lucas Klein (New Directions, 2012). His honours include the Lu Xun Prize for Literature, the Modern Chinese Poetry Award, and the Zhuang Zhongwen Prize for Literature. He teaches…
This year, our symposium is focusing on non-Han literature and film, supported by a MEITS (Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies) grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The symposium is entitled ‘Space to Speak: Non-Han Fiction and Film in China and Beyond’, and will look at the ways in which writers and directors are finding space for…
We will be holding a special event for the launch of the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing on July 16th. The Writing Chinese project has been running for four years now, and we hope that this development will help us to expand and to sustain our work into the future! To help us celebrate…
Writing Chinese is proud to support the launch of the UK Chinese Writers Network, run by Mary Cooper and funded by the UK Arts Council. Bi’an – the other shore –  is a new network set up to connect, develop, and promote Chinese heritage writers across the UK. Whether you’re beginning, emerging, or established; whether…
In partnership with the Mandarin Teachers Network based at the Confucius Institute of the Institute of Education, London, we are developing a network of teaching ambassadors and tailored teaching materials to suit the various secondary school curricula. This April we will be holding a special residential weekend for our teaching ambassadors, focusing on ways of incorporating…
This March we will be holding our second Book Review Network residential weekend, at Weetwood Hall in Leeds. This two-day event will be an opportunity for members of our Writing Chinese Book Review Network to meet featured authors and translators and discuss their work. Over the course of the weekend there will be author and translator…
Join us in conversation with acclaimed writer, translator and playwright Jeremy Tiang, a long time supporter of our Writing Chinese project, to discuss his debut novel State of Emergency (Epigram Books), and the literary scene in Singapore. State of Emergency was a finalist for the 2016 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Jeremy Tiang’s debut novel dives into the tumultuous days…
Organised by our student-led East Asian Research Society, this is an opportunity to hear the acclaimed author of Northern Girls and Death Fugue, among others, with plenty of opportunity for Q&As.