The coffin fell apart.
There was the sound of decayed wood crumbling, and a cloud of smoke surged out, like water vapour from a hot steamer.

Yan Lianke / Carlos Rojas

New project on contemporary Chinese writing at Leeds University

'Writing Chinese: Authors, Authority and Authorship' is a new project based at the White Rose East Asia Centre in the University of Leeds, UK. Bringing together writers, translators, publishers, literary agents and academics working in the field of contemporary Chinese literature, we aim to foster closer links and dialogue, and to help promote contemporary Chinese writers in the UK.

The project is funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council and will involve a series of talks, readings and other activities over the coming academic year, culminating in a symposium at Leeds in summer 2015. We will be holding a translation masterclass and competition, as well as a regular blog on this website, featuring articles on contemporary Chinese fiction and interviews with writers, translators, and others working in the field. And beginning in October, we will also be running a monthly virtual book club, focusing on up-and-coming authors.


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