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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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…
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…