The Double Fifth and the Archpoet

The Fifth Month of the lunar calendar is seen as being a precarious time: the height of summer approaches and pests and pestilence threaten the wellbeing both of people and of crops.… Read

Memory Holes, old & new

The Fifth Lunar Month in the Chinese calendar is regarded as being a time fraught with danger and grief. The arrival of summer brings forth all kinds of noxious threat both to people and to crops; while there may be the promise of future bounty, an immediate danger is posed by the Five Poisonous Creatures 五毒: snakes 蛇, scorpions 蝎, centipedes 蜈蚣, toads 蟾蜍 and spiders 蜘蛛.… Read

A Lineage of Light — Final Lecture, David Hawkes

David Hawkes (1923-2009) and the Translation of The Story of the Stone is the fifth and final lecture in the series ‘On Culture & Translation’. It was presented by John Minford at the Hang Seng Management College on 12 March 2016.… Read

A Lineage of Light — Lecture Four, Arthur Waley

Arthur Waley (1889-1966) and the Translation of Chinese Poetry is the fourth lecture in the series ‘On Culture & Translation’. It was presented by John Minford at the Hang Seng Management College on 5 March 2016.… Read