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NOVEMBER WAS A BUSY FESTIVAL MONTH!

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

with events in Adelaide, Wellington and Melbourne...



3-5 Nov: the 'In Other Words' writers festival was part of the incredible OzAsia Festival in sunny Adelaide: I read from Chinese Fish in a Poetry Showcase with four brilliant poets - Thuy On, Lian Low, Adolpho Aranjuez and Amani Mahmoud...






from left: GY, Adolpho, Sukhjit, Lian, Amani, Thuy.


At the signing table (Photo: Lian Low)



With fellow Giramondo writer Sanya Rushdi (author of Hospital). (Photo: Demelza Wong)



10-13 Nov: Flew to windy Wellington for the Verb Writers Festival (huge thanks to the Australian High Commission, Wellington!) Appeared in two events there: "Our Golden Pasts", a panel hosted by Emma Ng, with Emma Ling Sidnam, author of Backwaters (a novel also about settler Chinese in Aotearoa); and, "Short Storeys", which was part of LitCrawl (a night of numerous free events in central Wellington): a more intimate conversation with Joan Fleming, with longer readings from Chinese Fish...




In conversation about "Our Golden Pasts" with Emma Ng and Emma Ling Sidnam at Meow.


In conversation with Joan Fleming: a "Short Storeys" LitCrawl event, at Wellington Writers Studio.



After signing copies of Chinese Fish at Unity Books on Willis St.



30 Nov: I didn't have to travel far for the Asian Australian Writers Festival, an event at my alma mater, the University of Melbourne. The day's conversations included: Jessica Zhan Mei Yu with Jessica Au, Paige Clark with Jamie Marina Lau, Michelle Cahill with Melanie Cheng, Leah Jing McIntosh with Adalya Nash Hussein & Cher Tan, and Nadia Niaz & I had a wonderful conversation about our respective poetry books (Nadia's: The Djinn Hunters, published by Rabbit Books) ...




In conversation with Nadia Niaz (Photo: Shu-Ling Chua)






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