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Part of: Yu Yoyo Tour London - Translating Chinese Poet Xiao An with Dave Haysom and Yu Yoyo

Poetry Translation Centre

Xiao An (born in 1964) is a poet of the fei-fei (“not-not”) school. For decades she combined a writing career with her work as a nurse in a Chengdu psychiatric hospital, earning the respect of the literary world through poems that fuse classical Chinese influences with the stark confessional tone of Sylvia Plath. Her 2002 volume The Woman Who Plants Tobacco collects her work from 1986 to 2000.

This workshop is part of a new initiative at the PTC to invite our touring poets and translators to introduce us to new writers from their culture that have inspired them. Dave Haysom is a Chinese Translator who introduced the PTC to the work of Yu Yoyo in 2016 when we translated her poems 'do not fear heights' and 'people’s central street section two' at a workshop lead by the UK poet Clare Pollard. In July Haysom and Yoyo will be touring the UK with the PTC and they will take this opportunity to lead a workshop translating the work of a new Chinese poet.

Born in 1990, Sichuanese poet Yu Yoyo had already begun to earn critical attention before she turned sixteen, publishing dozens of poems in Poetry, Poetry Monthly and other prestigious publications in China. She is now seen as a representative voice among the post-90’s generation, especially known for her mature voice and subtle treatment of modern femininity.

Dave Haysom is a literary translator and editor who has been living in Beijing since 2007. He first started publishing translations online at in 2012. In 2014 he became joint managing editor of Pathlight, a quarterly journal of Chinese literature in translation, and in 2015 he helped launch “Read Paper Republic”, a year-long initiative to publish one translation online every week.

The workshops are open to all. There is no need to know the language being translated.

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