Monday 25 April 2005
Chaired by Prof Michel Hockx 6pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS

Bilingual literature reading events organised by the AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures in collaboration with the SOAS Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia and the Centre of Chinese Studies, SOAS.

In recent decades, Chinese literature has firmly established itself as a vital branch of world literature. Countless Chinese novels, stories, poems and plays have been and are being translated into other languages, especially English. Chinese writers have become frequent participants in international literary events, some of them travelling to and from China on a regular basis, others settling down abroad and joining the ranks of the Chinese diaspora. London, especially, has become one of the major centres of Chinese literature outside China. The "Chinese Literature in London" events aim to give reading audiences a chance to meet with some of the Chinese writers who live in London and to listen to readings from their work, both in the original Chinese and in English translation.

After the success of the first two events last term, we are proud to announce the next "Chinese Literature in London" event. On Monday 25 April, we are pleased to introduce the work of another woman writer, Yo Yo, whose first novel in English translation, Ghost Tide, was published earlier this year.

Specialists in Chinese literature from SOAS will introduce the author who will then read from her work, followed by readings of English translations. There will be time for questions and the first event will be followed by a reception during which more Chinese authors living in London will be present.