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White Horse and Mountain Stories Salon at Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

February 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Yan Ge’s early work, focusing on the wonders, gods and ghosts of Chinese myth, have made her especially popular with teenagers; her YA novella, White Horse, is published by Hope Road Books.

In Mountain Stories, six tales by bestselling author Ye Guanquin (Valley Press), tigers, pandas, monkeys and bears live alongside the region’s equally various human residents.

Join Yan Ge and Valley Press publisher Jamie McGarry in discussion with host Susan Barker (Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize Winner, and a New York Times Notable Book author), to discuss young adult writing, inspirations, short fiction, culture, craft, and new voices.

Tickets/ £4. Book here.

Subsidised* tickets/ Free.

*We are offering 6 subsidised places to students, anybody in receipt of benefits (i.e. Jobseekers Allowance, Universal Credit or PIP), lone parents, and workers on a part time or zero hours contract who wouldn’t be able to afford to come otherwise. If you would like to apply for a free Salon place please email northernshortstoryfestival@gmail.com.

Yan Ge is a writer and was born in Sichuan Province, China in 1984. She has recently completed a PhD in Comparative Literature at Sichuan University. She is the author of eleven books. Her work has been translated into English, French, and German, among other languages. She was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. She is an Author Ambassador for the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing at the University of Leeds. The English translation of her latest novel The Chili Bean Paste Clan was published by Balestier Press in 2018. She has recently started to write in English. She lives in Dublin with her husband and son.

Susan Barker grew up in east London. She studied philosophy at the University of Leeds and creative writing at the University of Manchester. She is the author of the novels Sayonara Bar (2005), The Orientalist and the Ghost(2008) longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and The Incarnations (2014), all published by Doubleday (UK). She has received grants from the Arts Council England and the Society of Authors, and has been an artist in resident at the Corporation of Yaddo, Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat and the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. In 2010- 2012 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Leeds Trinity University. She now lives in Manchester, where she teaches creative writing and is working on a new book.

Mountain Stories features six tales from nationally bestselling author Ye Guangqin, in which tigers, pandas, monkeys and bears live alongside the region’s equally various human residents – some striving to ‘keep apace with the times’, others struggling to save their way of life from the onslaught of nationwide change. Mountain Stories is a stunning, enthralling collection that will transport international readers to a rarely-seen part of our world; the perfect introduction to a major new voice in world literature. This book is part of Shaanxi Stories, a series of translated works by acclaimed authors from the Shaanxi province of China. Jamie McGarry from Valley Press will be joining us to talk about the book.

This event is supported by Arts@Leeds and Leeds City Council and the Leeds Centre for New Chinese Writing at the University of Leeds. The event is part of the Northern Short Story Festival.


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Carriageworks Theatre
The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square
Leeds, LS2 3AD United Kingdom
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