Events

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

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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…
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…