Events

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

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…
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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Join us for a talk and Q&A with YA author Lin Man-Chiu and translator Helen Wang on the new book everyone is talking about – The Ventriloquist’s Daughter – published by Balestier Press. We will also be launching our latest translation competition following the event, as well as a new strand of our project, focused on schools and…
Looking for a guide to the art of deception? Then join us for a foray into classical Chinese fiction, courtesy of Professor Christopher Rea, from the University of British Columbia. For this lunchtime seminar, coffee and tea will be provided, and please feel free to bring along your lunch! Why do collections of swindle stories…
Join us for the launch of our special guest-edited edition of Stand magazine, on ‘Chinese Journeys‘! We’re having an informal celebration, with drinks, nibbles, and of course issues of the magazine available to buy. We’re delighted that some of the winners of our translation competitions will be attending, as well as the Stand editorial team….
Refreshments provided, and bookstall from Blackwells Books Join us for a presentation and Q&A with Darryl, a prolific translator of literature from Taiwan, whose works include the critically acclaimed The Man With The Compound Eyes 複眼人, by Wu Ming-yi 吳明益, and his latest book – Horace Ho’s 何致和 The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane 花街樹屋 (Balestier Press, 2017)….
Acclaimed Taiwanese writer Liu Ka-shiang will be in Leeds to tell the story of how saving the black-faced spoonbill also brought benefits to local farmers, and Tainan breakfasts! Native to East Asia, no more than 3,000 black-faced spoonbills remain in the world today. In 1994, Liu Ka-shiang became one of the first to raise public…
Refreshments provided We’re delighted to welcome Professor He Jiahong to Leeds, to talk about his work as a legal scholar and writer of detective fiction. Emily Jones, who has translated his novel Black Holes, will also be joining us to discuss her translation. China’s party-run courts have one of the highest conviction rates in the world,…
  To coincide with the awarding of the most recent Hans Christian Andersen Award to Chinese children’s author Cao Wenxuan, we held a special day-long event on children’s fiction in Chinese. We were delighted to welcome Minjie Chen, expert on Chinese children’s literature, and librarian at Princeton University, to give our key-note speech. And we…
Free, but please book on our Eventbrite page. Refreshments provided and bookstall from Blackwells on contemporary Chinese literature. For our second Balestier Press author event, Taiwanese author Shih Chiung-yu will be discussing her work and her new novel Masked Dolls. Shih Chiung-Yu was born in Taiwan in 1968. She grew up in Taitung, a village of aboriginal…
Refreshments provided and bookstall from Blackwells on contemporary Chinese literature. We will be welcoming author Xu Xiaobin and translator Nicky Harman to Leeds to discuss the writing and translation of Xu’s novel, Crystal Wedding, published in March 2016 by Balestier Press. The translation of Crystal Wedding was supported by an English PEN Translates Award. Xu Xiaobin discusses her…
Free Entry (Please book your place on our Eventbrite page) We’re delighted to welcome Read Paper Republic to Leeds, to hold one of their celebrated ‘speed book-clubbing’ events! Following on from successful events at the Free Word Centre in London, Read Paper Republic will introduce you to the world of Chinese writing and of women in…