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Bi'an Launch

  • The Leeds Library 18 Commercial Street Leeds, England, LS1 6AL United Kingdom (map)

Poet, Jennifer Wong, novelist, Yan Ge, and playwright, Simon Ly, will discuss why we need a UK Chinese Writers’ Network, and lead practical writing workshops in the stunning setting of The Leeds Library, Britain’s oldest surviving subscription library, established 1768.

Participants will be able to choose between workshops in writing poetry, fiction or script. Ticket price includes dim sum lunch and launch cake.

£10.50 Full Price
£8.50 Concessions


Hong Kong born poet and translator, Jennifer Wong, is the author of two poetry collections including Goldfish (Chameleon Press 2013), which won the Hong Kong Young Artist Award (Literary Arts). Her poems have appeared in The Rialto, Magma, The North, Oxford Poetry, Stand and anthologies. Her poetry translation has appeared in Poetry Review and Modern Poetry in Translation


Novelist, Yan Ge has been publishing since she was 10 years old. She has published eleven books, mainly for young adults, and has been named as one of 20 Future Literature Masters of China. She is currently chairperson of China Young Writers’ Association. Yan recently started writing in English and her stories have been published by the Irish Times and Stand Magazine. Born in Sichuan, she lives in Dublin and will be moving to the UK later this year.


British-born producer, dramaturg, and playwright, Simon Ly, trained on the MA scriptwriting course at Goldsmiths College London, and is a graduate of the Royal Court Unheard Voices programme. With Clarissa Widya he founded Papergang Theatre which supports British East Asian writers and aims to create theatre that reflects our multi-cultural society and brings contemporary diverse voices into the mainstream.


The Leeds Library is a wonderful mix of old and new located at the heart of a busy shopping centre. Founded in 1768 as a proprietary subscription library, it is now the oldest surviving example of this sort of library in the British Isles. 

Along the floor to ceiling shelves and behind the spiral staircases are historic collections rich in travel, topography, biography, history and literature. About 1,500 new books and audio/visual items are added every year.

This event is sponsored by Writing Chinese

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