Dr William Gatherer


School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Will is a lecturer in Chinese translation within the University of Queensland’s Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting programme and a practicing NAATI accredited professional translator. Having completed his BA (Hons) from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) in London, Will worked in Beijing at the British Embassy and then subsequently completed his PhD at the University of Queensland. In addition to Will’s teaching and research roles at UQ he is also a practicing commercial translator currently specialising in the translation of Chinese medical research into English.

Research Interests

  • Chinese metafiction author Ma Yuan (馬原)
    Will's current research project is a monograph analysing the metafiction of the Chinese author Ma Yuan which will analyse the author's famous novellas from the 1980s as well as his recently published novels.

Research Impacts

Will engages in research in the fields of Chinese translation studies, literary translation and literary theory. His current research projects are focused on the literary analysis of the works of Ma Yuan (馬原) and analysing translations of metafiction from Chinese into English. Will was recently awarded a research fellowship from The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China (MOC) and conducted research in China during semester 2 2017 as part of the “Visiting Program for Young Sinologists 2017”.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Arts, University College London


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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