Events

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

This year’s symposium is generously supported by Spotlight Taiwan and the Taiwan Ministry of Culture, and in collaboration with the National Museum of Taiwan Literature and the Association for Taiwan Literature. This year, we’re delighted to be welcoming speakers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US, and the UK, for two days of talks and roundtables which…

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We’re looking forward to welcoming authors Lijia Zhang and Yan Ge for this event focusing on fiction and gender in China. The event will feature talks, readings, and discussion. Lijia Zhang is a writer, journalist, and public speaker. Her book Socialism is Great! A Worker’s Memoir of the New China is published by Atlas & Co. and…
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…