Reading Chinese Book Review Network

The Reading Chinese Book Review Network

Interested in Chinese fiction in translation? Want to read and review recent works by contemporary Chinese authors and to see your reviews published online? Then apply to join the Reading Chinese Book Review Network!

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteer reviewers to join our book review network, launched in collaboration with Balestier Press and Penguin China. Reviewers who join the network will be sent a copy of selected titles and asked to submit a review within a specified timeframe. Their review will then be published on our website, creating a valuable resource for teachers and students of Chinese, as well as for members of the public looking for a good place to start with Chinese fiction in translation.

As well as receiving free books in exchange for reviews, reviewers may also have the opportunity to join one of two residential weekends in Leeds to meet authors/translators and to discuss featured books and the craft of reviewing. The first of these events will take place on the weekend of 11-12 November 2017 when author Sheng Keyi 盛可以, plus guest translators, will join us to discuss her novel Northern Girls and other work. Keep an eye on our website for more details. Applications opening soon!

If you are interested in applying to join this network as a reviewer, or if you are a publisher interested in partnering us in this part of the project, please contact us at for more details.

Everyone welcome!

About Us

The Writing Chinese project at the University of Leeds, founded in 2014, is a dynamic global network of readers, writers, translators, publishers, literary agents, teachers and academics who work with contemporary Chinese literature. We want to foster closer links and dialogue across these groups, and to help promote contemporary Chinese writing in English translation through book clubs, competitions and other events.

The project is funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council and many of our events are run in collaboration with our partners, including Paper Republic, the Institute of Education Confucius Institute, Penguin China and Balestier Press.

Please see our website to find out more about all the events we hold, including regular talks, workshops, symposia and other activities in Leeds. You can also read our blog, featuring articles on contemporary Chinese fiction and interviews with writers, translators, and others working in the field.

Follow us on Twitter @WritingChinese

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