A 15 strong delegation from Beijing Publishing Group visited the Confucius Institute for Scotland earlier this month to sign an agreement which will see upcoming and well known Chinese authors visit Edinburgh to spend a period of time as a Writer in Residence in the city of Edinburgh.The delegation visited the Institute after attending the London Book Fair and brought with them a donation of 500 books which are now housed in the Institute.
With a 60 year history Beijing Publishing Group Co. Ltd is now a large cultural enterprise with eight professional publishing houses, five magazines and fourteen subsidiaries. Two of the publishing houses focus on Chinese literary publishing and in 2015 the October College of Arts was established from where this initiative has been launched. Each writer selected as a Writer in Residence will have the opportunity to spend time in Edinburgh and environs. The Institute will arrange public event(s) for the writer appropriate to the profile and interests of the individual.