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Autumn Chronicles: Book Clubbing with Britain’s Most Loved Translators

Guanghwa Bookshop

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 from 19:30 to 21:00 (BST)

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General Admission (ticket can be used as book voucher) 12 Sep 2017 £3.00 £0.78

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Speed Book Club is hitting Guanghwa Bookshop this autumn! Join us for face-to-face discussions with four award-winning Chinese literature translators: Nicky Harman, Natascha Bruce, Emily Jones and Helen Wang!


Themed “Autumn Chronicles”, our coming speed book club will present the attendees with four tales, in which four women are coming to the end of their lives. Liu Ting’s Autumn Harvest Chronicles, a woman reflects on a grim past as she harvests the family’s buckwheat; in Ho Sok Fong’s The Wall, a giant wall drives an old woman to search obsessively for a cat; In Fan Xiaoqing’s Ying Yang Alley, a surprise visit from a stranger brightens an old lady’s afternoon; in Jia Pingwa’s elegiac Back-flow River, a childless woman makes the bravest decision of her life. These elegantly-written stories, by both male and female authors, are both sad and funny but always readable. There will be plenty to discuss!


How to Speed-Book Club:


  • Before you come, register for your place, download the four short stories below and read as much as you can. Don’t worry if you don’t finish all four – there is a sneaky Cheat Sheet so you can still join in.

Autumn Harvest Chronicle by Liu Ting, translated by Emily Jones

Back-flow River by Jia Pingwa, translated by Nicky Harman

Ying Yang Alley by Fan Xiaoqing, translated by Helen Wang

The Wall by Ho Sok Fong, translated by Natascha Bruce

Speed-Book Club Cheat Sheet

  • On the night, four experienced translators will lead four groups simultaneously.
  • Each group will discuss one story for 20 minutes, and move onto the next story.


Translators of the night:


  • Nicky Harman is co-Chair of the Translators Association (Society of Authors). Her translation of Jia Pingwa's novel Happy Dreams, will be published by Amazon Crossing 1st October 2017. She also spends time promoting contemporary Chinese fiction, giving talks, blogging and teaching translation summer schools. 
  • Natascha Bruce is a translator from the UK, currently living in Hong Kong. She was a joint winner of the 2015 Bai Meigui Award (Writing Chinese, Leeds University) for translation of a story by Dorothy Tse. She is currently working on Lonely Face, a novel by Singapore's Yeng Pway Ngon (forthcoming from Balestier).
  • Emily Jones was the recipient of a BCLT mentorship in translation in 2011. Her publications include her translation of He Jiahong’s crime novel Black Holes as well as samples, short stories, poetry, fiction and non-fiction for various publishers.
  • Helen Wang is a London-based contributor to Paper Republic, and tweets, along with Nicky Harman, as China Fiction Book Club @cfbcuk. Helen's most recent translations are the children’s novels Bronze and Sunflower by CAO Wenxuan (2015) for which she won the 2017 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, and The Ventriloquist's Daughter by Lin Man-Chiu (2017).


Charge of the Event:


The charge of the event is £3.00. Your admission ticket can be used as a £3.00 book voucher in Guanghwa Bookshop, for the purchase of any items. The voucher is not refundable.


What is Speed Book Club?


Speed Book Club is a special book club event initiated by Paper Republic, in an aim to promote Chinese literature to the English public. Led by some of the country’s best sinologists and translators, the event brings attendees first-hand insights into Chinese literature, its authors and translators.

Do you have questions about Autumn Chronicles: Book Clubbing with Britain’s Most Loved Translators? Contact Guanghwa Bookshop

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Guanghwa Bookshop
Shaftesbury Avenue
W1D 5EJ London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 from 19:30 to 21:00 (BST)

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Guanghwa Bookshop

Guanghwa Bookshop was opened in 1971 and since then has been the only bookshop specialising in Chinese publications in the UK. It has played an important role in supplying information to Sinologists in the UK, especially during the 1970s-1990s. With an extensive range of quality books, arts & crafts, art courses, and reading events, the bookshop continues to grow and has adapted to a new generation of readers and specialists.

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