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A Hero Reborn: the Work of Jin Yong

  • Level 5 Function Room, Green Side Royal Festival Hall, Southbank London United Kingdom (map)

Get stuck into the work of Jin Yong, ‘the Chinese JRR Tolkien’ and the most widely read Chinese author alive, in this panel.

We explore his writing’s huge appeal both in China and across British-Chinese communities.

Since his first novels were published in the 1950s, Yong (the pen name of Louis Cha Leung-yung) has seen 100 million copies of his works sold – not including bootleg copies.

He is beloved across China for his wuxia (martial arts and chivalry) novels, which have given rise to film, television, comic book and video game adaptations.

He was awarded an OBE in 1981, and is one of two authors on the MacLehose list who have asteroids named in their honour (the other is Georges Perec).

In this panel, we bring together the editor of the latest English translation of Jin Yong’s work, Paul Engles, and UK-based artists who have been influenced by his work, including playwright Amy Ng.