Events

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

Following on from our symposium in September on Non-Han fiction and film in China, we welcome three scholars  to discuss their work on Tibetan literature and cultural heritage. The event will consist of two talks, followed by a round-table discussion from 3.30, with refreshments to follow. This event will have a special focus on the work…
In collaboration with East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds, we’re delighted to welcome Professor Perry Link to Leeds for this lecture on politics and contemporary Chinese literature. Professor Link is Chancellorial Chair for Innovation in Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California, Riverside, and Emeritus Professor of East Asian Languages at Princeton…

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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…
Translating Contemporary Chinese Poetry: Reflections, Readings and a Give-It-A-Go Workshop Poetry experts and award-winning translators Canaan Morse, Eleanor Goodman and Dr Heather Inwood will kick us off in the morning with presentations and poetry readings. After lunch we will have a hands-on session, facilitated by Canaan and Eleanor, looking at some poems by contemporary prize-winning poets Lan…
Free entry (no need to book) For this event on digital resources we are delighted to be joined by renowned translator, editor and publishing consultant Eric Abrahamsen, founder of Paper Republic; expert on online popular fiction and new media Dr Heather Inwood, and Sean McGibney, co-founder of The Chairman’s Bao, the hugely successful site for reading…
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…