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Marketing Chinese Literature

Tuesday 18 June 2019, 1.45-5.30pm
20 Cromer Terrace, Room G03

We're delighted to welcome a number of speakers to Leeds for this special event on marketing Chinese literature in translation. The afternoon will consist of key-note speeches and roundtable discussion. All welcome but places are limited, so please book on our Eventbrite page.


Professor Claire Squires is Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication and Professor of Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling. She's a judge for the Saltire Society Publisher of the Year Award and past judge for the Literary Awards, and previously worked at Hodder Headline publishers. Her academic publications include Marketing Literature: the Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain and Philip Pullman: Master Storyteller.

Dr Yi Zheng is a Fellow at the Lincoln Institute for Advanced Studies, and Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at UNSW Sydney. Her publications include Contemporary Chinese Print Media: Cultivating Middle-Class Taste and From Burke and Wordsworth to the Modern Sublime in Chinese Literature.

Jenny Niven is Executive Producer of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, and has been Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland. Prior to this she was Associate Director at Melbourne's Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, and spent six years in Beijing, directing the events programme at The Beijing Bookworm. She was also director and co-founder of The Bookworm International Literary Festival.

Nicola Clayton is an audiobook producer and the founder of Silk Gauze Audio, a new company specialising in English translations of modern Chinese fiction. Focus for the first year is on early modern fiction (1919-1949). In year two, later modern and contemporary titles will be presented.

Peter Goff is the manager of the Beijing Bookworm, where he also runs the EU-China Literary Festival. He is currently working on a PhD in contemporary Chinese literature at the University of Leeds, examining the interaction between the contemporary publishing scene in China and the state. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from City University of Hong Kong.

Alain Charles Asia Publishing specialise in books from East Asia and have recently published English translations of novels by Zong Pu, Ma Pinglai, and Yang Zhijun.