Blog

9 Apr 2017
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What I told Ciao….

Last month, I spoke to the lovely peeps at Ciao Magazine , a media stalwart in my local inner west about The Sydney Writers Festival, my upcoming book release, and they even managed to wrangle a cooking recipe out of me. Transcript... More

6 Apr 2017
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Sydney Writer’s Festival

The embargo’s been lifted, and I’m pleased to announce that I’m on the line-up of the 2017 Sydney Writer’s Festival. The theme this year is “Refuge,” and I’m on a panel called The Writer’s Habitat with some seriously bright lights... More

9 Apr 2016
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Mao’s Last Dancer

Of course it would take a famous memoir to lure me back to the stage. Mao’s Last Dancer is the story of a young boy plucked out of obscure, grinding poverty to train to become a ballet dancer a.k.a. revolutionary guard... More

4 Feb 2016
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Ballroom Swans, Dancing Ducks

Take a trip back to New Year’s Eve 2008 with me. The city is Shanghai, and I’ve just moved across the seas to be with the man I love, and a city I’ve always dreamt about.  Ballroom Swans, Dancing Ducks is... More

7 Jul 2014
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Why Stories are Good for the Brain

One of my favorite stories growing up was of the day my grandmother met my grandfather. She was in her early 30s – resolutely considered the age of spinsterhood in the time the Communists rose to power in China in... More

30 May 2014
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Australian Writers Week: the last leg

The first thing you notice about Beijing is the smog. Within minutes of landing, my whole body was working a bit harder just to breathe. The Australian Embassy staffer who had been with me since Mongolia gave me the stats:... More

4 May 2014
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Writing and Remembering

Being back in China as I recount what I know, and write more of what I remember, gaps and gaps of knowledge continue to reveal themselves, and I find myself running to catch up. At some stage, imagination will have... More

10 Mar 2014
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Australian Writers Week 2014

  Take where I’m staying : a rickety laneway apartment I’m renting from a Swiss man with a penchant for tattoos that steps right onto Huaihai Lu, the city’s most prominent salute to luxury consumption where Omega, Prada and Hermes are... More