China in Context, a UK celebration of writers and writing from and about China, will be held at China Exchange.

You can expect to enjoy a wide range of bookish activities and a book fair exclusively curated to show an extensive range of books from and about China.

 Book Fair about China

Date: 12 -14 May (Friday - Sunday)
Time: 11:00 - 20:00
Venue: China Exchange

BookFair(flyer) (2)Browse over 1000 titles in a beautiful book exhibition curated especially for China in Context by us. Showcasing the range and breadth of books about China, the beautiful display, right in the heart of Chinatown, will provide a great selection of books of all genres including history and biographies, classical and contemporary literature, Chinese learning materials, children’s books, food, pop culture, art books, arts and crafts and so on.

Immerse yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of Chinese culture, specially created for book lovers. Enjoy a cup of tea and let a book lead you through the fascinating oriental world in our cosy reading area. A special discount will be offered at the book fair this weekend.

We are grateful for the support of the following publishers:

New World Press; Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press; People's Education Press; Hantec Group Hong Kong.

Sinolingua London Press; CYP International Press; Beijing Language and Culture University Press; Higher Education Press; Peking University Press.


China Focus: Opportunities in Publishing and Collaboration with the UK

Date: 12 May (Friday)
Time: 14:30 - 17:30
Venue: China Exchange


Britain is the world’s leading country in creative industries; China is the powerhouse in publishing. Within a global context, the role of China has never been more prominent. Are there more opportunities in publishing China-related titles in the UK? If there is any barrier preventing the flow of books between the two countries, what is it? Can it be overcome by translation, and collaboration among stakeholders?

This seminar will gather eminent speakers and scholars engaged in Chinese publications, in order to provide a platform for exchange of ideas and best practices within the industry. We believe it will bring enriching experience to all the participants.

Speakers and panelists

Angus Phillips is Director of Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and Director of Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes. He has degrees from Oxford and Warwick universities, and before joining Oxford Brookes he ran a trade and reference list at Oxford University Press. He works as a consultant to the publishing industry and is often invited to speak at international conferences and events. His recent books include Inside Book Publishing (with Giles Clark) and Turning the Page: The evolution of the book. He is on the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press and was a judge for the Bookseller industry awards for four years in a row from 2010 to 2013. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the premier publishing journal Logos.

Charles Aylmer has been Head of the Chinese Department at Cambridge University Library since 1986. After graduating in Chinese from Cambridge, he studied Philosophy and Palaeography at Peking University. He taught in the Faculty of Oriental Studies and was involved in several research projects before being appointed to his present post in 1986.

Emma Goodliffe is Curator of the Chinese collections at the British Library. She holds a degree in Oriental Studies: Chinese (with Japanese) from the University of Oxford and began working at the British Library in 2012 as International and Data Support Assistant for the International Dunhuang Project (IDP). She joined the Chinese section in June 2015 and began managing the Chinese section’s retro-conversion and cataloguing projects in July 2016.

Frances Wood is a librarian, sinologist and historian. Following a pre-diploma course at Liverpool College of Art 1966-1967, she studied Chinese at Newnham College, Cambridge, 1967-1971. She spent 1975-1976 at Peking University after a worker-peasant-soldier student course in Chinese history and wrote her PhD on traditional domestic architecture in Peking 1860-1930 (Percival David Foundation, 1984). Dr Wood worked for a year in the Department of Printed Books in the British Museum before moving to SOAS in 1972 to work in the Chinese section of the Library with John Lust until 1977. She joined the British Library and worked in the Chinese section there until 2013. In recent years she has lectured on Chinese architecture and book history in the V&A, the British Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, Sotheby’s and Christie’s education departments and for the SOAS Post-Graduate Diploma in Asian Art and SOAS specialist art courses. She has written a number of books on Chinese history and culture.

Helen Wang holds a BA degree in Chinese from SOAS, University of London. She has translated, written and edited multiple books and articles, and has been the Curator of East Asian Money at the British Museum since 2015. She is also a London-based contributor to Paper Republic and co-tweets with translator Nicky Harman on @cfbcuk (China Fiction Book Club UK). She is one of the four editors of Read Paper Republic. In September 2016, she started a new project – Chinese books for young readers. She won the 2017 Marsh Award for Literature in Translation for her translation of Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan.

Shihui Weng is the Shakespeare Folio Translation Project Manager at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Folio Translation Project is a 8-year endeavour to produce new translations of Shakespeare’s First Folio into Mandarin, explicitly for performances. Before joining the RSC, she was an Associate Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland. Her producing credits include a Season of New Plays from China (co-production with Oran Mor), Dragon (co-production with VoxMotus and Tianjin People’s Arts Theatre), Black Watch (International Tour), Dunsinane (International Tour), Monster in the Hall (International Tour). She was also a Cultural Advisor (China) for Creative Scotland in 2014-2015.

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Language Day

Date: 14 May (Sunday)
Time: 11:00 - 20:00
Venue: China Exchange

China In Context - PDFThis is an unprecedented opportunity for all major Chinese Language teaching and learning resource publishers to showcase their best-selling titles and new publications, and for all Chinese language learners and teachers to explore the world of teaching resources and broaden their subject knowledge.

Sign up now for workshops to explore effective language skills designed separately for learners and teachers, adults and children. Enjoy special offers on some of our best-selling series!


11am - 12pm: Essential Topics for Teaching Chinese in the UK Register now

1pm - 2pm: Chinese for Beginners: Effective Ways to Learn Chinese Register now

3pm - 3:45pm: Chinese for Children: Getting Started in Chinese Learning Register now

Explore the full programme now on the China Exchange website.