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  • June 20, 2017

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Upcoming Events in London This June Upcoming Events in London This June

I’m very excited to be taking part in two events in London in upcoming weeks! First I’ll be talking contemporary Chinese literature with 吴琦 Wu Qi of 单读 Dandu Magazine at Guanghwa Bookshop on the 24th, and then I’ll be introducing the poems of 沈浩波 Shen Haobo for another workshop at the Poetry Translation Centre on…

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  • June 9, 2017

“The Translation Process” in Stand Magazine “The Translation Process” in Stand Magazine

The latest issue of Stand Magazine is dedicated to the theme of “China Journeys”, and it features writing from various people who have been involved with the “Writing Chinese” programme at Leeds University over the last few years. There’s a great selection of prose and poetry, including the winning translation from the competition I helped judge in…

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  • March 12, 2017

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Translation Samples at the London Book Fair

I will probably not be attending the book fair itself in London this week, but my words will be there! Look out for a sample from the 冯唐 Feng Tang novel I’m currently translating, 十八《岁给我一个姑娘》 Give Me a Girl at Age Eighteen, plus a sample of 《流浪苍穹》 Stray Skies by 郝景芳 Hao Jingfang.

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  • February 28, 2017

Global Literature in Libraries Initiative & International Literature Showcase

This month, Paper Republic has been collaborating with the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative to produce a series of blog posts on Chinese Literature. The GLLI is all about raising the profile of books in translation from around the world, and to that end they invite translators from a different language or culture to curate…

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  • February 21, 2017

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Catching Up [ii]: London in December Catching Up [ii]: London in December

December 6th: Translation Workshop with the Poetry Translation Centre (at the Free Word Centre) This was a novel experience for me: I’ve never translated poetry before, and I certainly can’t claim to be any kind of expert on the topic. But Erica at the Poetry Translation Centre suggested that this needn’t necessarily disqualify me (and…

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  • February 16, 2017

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Catching Up [i]: Taiwan in November Catching Up [i]: Taiwan in November

In November I had the privilege of attending the Taipei Rights Workshop, which mostly meant a week of being very well looked after by the good folk at the Grayhawk Agency and the Ministry of Culture as they plied us with delicious food and took us around the coolest bookstores the city had to offer. Eventually we…

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  • September 8, 2016

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Making Sure You Know

Listening to a recent episode of The Watch podcast, I was struck by Chris Ryan’s remarks on the new TNT series Animal Kingdom: There are two moments in the pilot, and this is the difference between the show being on TNT and the show being on Cinemax, or HBO, or something like that. One is…

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  • August 21, 2016

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Book Launch @ The National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature

On July 17th I took part in a 4-way book launch at the National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature in Beijing. I was invited to join as a “special guest” by 孙一圣 Sun Yisheng, whose story “The Flame” I translated a couple of years ago. His book is called 《你家有龙多少回》(literally Your Family Has How Many Dragons,…

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  • July 18, 2016

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Chinese media interviews [3]: Jiangnan Magazine 江南杂志

Over the last year I did several interviews with Chinese domestic media outlets. I’m going to be posting the original transcripts of the interviews here, plus the text of the article in its final form. Jiangnan Magazine 江南杂志: Literary Roundtable Published in March 2016. The full piece (see below) included responses from various people involved…

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  • July 11, 2016

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Chinese media interviews [2]: Shanghai Daily 上海日报

Over the last year I did several interviews with Chinese domestic media outlets. I’m going to be posting the original transcripts of the interviews here, plus the text of the article in its final form. Shanghai Daily 上海日报 Published February 26 2016 How do you define Paper Republic? I see the site offers a lot…