Excerpt from short story 'Field, Burning' published in The Queen of Statue Square, 2014.
In 2011, I wrote a short story that was submitted as my dissertation project at the University of East Anglia, where I studied English Literature and Creative Writing. The story followed Wen, a midwife practicing during the Boxer Rebellion in China in the early 20th century.
Three years later, I was approached by Editors Xu Xi and Marshall Moore to contribute to their anthology The Queen of Statue Square, a volume specifically focused on fiction by Hong Kong writers. Wen's story grew, troublingly, into a narrative that spans hundreds of years. Current socio-political conflicts between Hong Kong and its colonial past, and China's rapid urbanization is reflected in country's xenophobic past; at the centre of this is Wen, whose guilt and actions I myself cannot even reconcile with.
The Queen of Statue Square can be purchased here.
In 2012, I founded a branch of the live literary night Liars' League in Hong Kong. The event features original short fiction read by local actors. From 2012 to 2015, I managed and ran the League in Hong Kong.