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About Us

The Centre is based at Leeds and run by a managerial committee, ably assisted by an international Advisory Board.

We work in collaboration with a number of partners, including Paper Republic, the Mandarin Teachers Network based at the Institute of Education's Confucius Institute, Balestier Press and Penguin China and are developing resources to make new Chinese writing accessible to everyone, with a strand focusing particularly on school-age readers.

We run a series of talks, readings, workshops, symposia and other activities in Leeds. We have a monthly featured author in our bookclub, run a book review network dedicated to contemporary Chinese literature in translation, and have held a series of Chinese-English literary translation competitions and masterclasses. We also host a regular blog on this website, featuring articles on contemporary Chinese fiction and interviews with writers, translators, and others working in the field.

We provide a hub for research into all aspects of Chinese literature and Chinese-English literary translation. If you are interested in joining our team of affiliated doctoral or postdoctoral researchers or visiting scholars, do contact us.

Our Centre could not survive without the work of our wonderful Book Reviewers Network. If you would like to apply to become one of our Book Reviewers, click here for more information or here to read their flash reviews of our monthly featured short stories.


Nicky Harman


Dr Tammy Ho Lai-ming 何麗明

Editor, poet, academic

Prof Michel Hockx

Prof of Chinese literature, University of Notre-Dame

Yan Ge 颜歌

Author Ambassador

Dr Helen Wang

Visiting Research Fellow; Literary Translator

Dr Jennifer Wong

poet, translator, creative writing lecturer

Katharine Carruthers

Director of Mandarin Excellence Programme

Prof Jonathan Stalling

Professor of English, University of Oklahoma

Dr Theresa Munford

Teacher Ambassador

Jeremy Tiang

Translator, Author, Editor, Playwright

Lin Man-Chiu 林满秋

Author Ambassador

Dr Roh-suan Tung

CEO of Balestier Press

Eric Abrahamsen

Translator, Editor and Publishing Consultant

Vivian Ni

Guanghwa Bookshop

Marysia Juszczakiewicz

Founder and Owner of Peony Literary Agency

Liu Qiao

People's Literature Publishing House