The Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing launched in July 2018 and is based at 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 Centre is an outcome of, and provides a home for, the Writing Chinese project which was funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, originally through the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC).
We work in collaboration with a number of partners, including Paper Republic, The Institute of Education Confucius Institute, Balestier Press and Penguin China and are developing resources to make new Chinese writing accessible to everyone, with a new strand focussing 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.