Patrizia Liberati graduated in Chinese studies from SOAS in 1990. Since then she has lived in Beijing, and for the last twenty-six years she has been working for the Cultural Office of the Italian Embassy. She holds an MA in Comparative Theatre Studies from the Chinese Central Academy of Drama. Patrizia lectures in Chinese film and the body at Peking University Health Science Center and has organised film screenings and directors' Q&A sessions as part of Peking University's Medical Humanities Week. Patrizia is also an award-winning literary translator, best known for her translations of the novels of Nobel laureate Mo Yan 莫言.