Events

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

This residential weekend at Weetwood Hall in Leeds 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 two days there will be informal sessions devoted to discussion of featured books, as well as to different aspects of…

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Free entry We’re delighted to be joined by author Diao Dou, who’ll be reading from and discussing his work, alongside Samantha Clark from Comma Press. Comma have just published the first English translation of Diao Dou’s short stories, Points of Origin (translated by Brendan O’Kane). Join us for wine and nibbles from 4.30, and discover more…
As part of the Writing Chinese symposium, and in conjunction with the Leeds Writers Circle, we held a day of some of the most exciting new writing from East Asia. The day began with readings and Q&As by Murong Xuecun, Jeremy Tiang, and poet James Shea. You can watch a full video recording of the morning event…
As the culmination of the first year of our project we held a series of fabulously interesting roundtables, bringing together writers, translators, publishers, academics and others working in the publishing field to further the dialogue about new writing from China. The symposium structure followed the journey of a story from its origins in the imaginations…
In the last of the Writing Chinese series of this term, we’re delighted to welcome author A Yi 阿 乙 to Leeds, on the occasion of the launch of the English translation of his new book, A Perfect Crime (下面我该干些什么), translated by Anna Holmwood. Very little crime fiction from China has been published to date…
Free entry In association with International Writers at Leeds, acclaimed author Han Dong will be joining us, alongside his translator Nicky Harman, to read and discuss his work. Han Dong is known as one of China’s most important avant-garde poets, and he is also an influential essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nicky Harman, one…
Free Entry The Staging China project at the University of Leeds, and Stage@Leeds, are bringing you a special opportunity to watch an open rehearsal of Wan Fang’s stage adaptation of her novel Murder 杀人. Wan Fang is a Beijing-based writer, who has produced novels, short stories, TV scripts and plays. Her play Winter Journey 冬之旅 has recently been…
We are delighted to welcome Harvey Thomlinson, CEO of Makedo Publishing, responsible for introducing a wide variety of new Chinese voices to a Western readership. Makedo publishes Chen Xiwo, Murong Xuecun, Lao Ma, amongst many others. As well as a publisher, Harvey is also an accomplished literary translator. Refreshments will be available from 5pm.
Writing Chinese is joining forces with the Reading the Fantastic research group this month, and will be at their regular reading group to discuss a story by Dorothy Tse, as part of their ‘Fantastic Architecture’ session. The other stories for discussion are ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, by Edgar Allan Poe, and ‘The…
This month we’re discussing two stories by Xu Zechen, “Galloping Horses” and “Wheels are Round” in translations by Helen Wang and Eric Abrahamsen. If you can’t make it to our book club meeting, head over to our Writing Chinese forum to join in this month’s discussion!
All welcome — discussions in English! Blackwells are also stocking a special selection of contemporary Chinese fiction throughout this year, to accompany our programme. NB: This short story also forms Chapter 1 of the as yet untranslated novel 我们家, The Chilli-Bean Paste Clan. If you can’t make it to Leeds for this, of course, do…