Wenyan Lu is the winner of the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize for her novel The Funeral Cryer. Her historical novel The Martyr’s Hymn was also longlisted for The SI Leeds Literary Prize in 2018 and Bridport First Novel Prize in 2019. A native of Shanghai, Wenyan moved to the UK in 2006. She lives in Cambridge, where she teaches Mandarin Chinese and English as a second language. She holds a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. She is also a literary translator. Her most notable translation project is Robert Macfarlane’s award-winning Mountains of the Mind. When she is not writing or teaching, Wenyan enjoys cooking and listening to Leonard Cohen.