The thought of someone reading my novel over Easter is wonderful enough but her tears are strangely heart- warming. We all need empathy and now more than ever. I’m amazed by the brilliant reviews of Brushstrokes in Time on [...]
Fifteen exciting new works of art by Weimin He went on display in the Bodleian Weston Library on January 7. Here is a taster. One of them has inspired me to write a sonnet which I have titled ‘The Mists [...]
A stunning eye- opening fictional tale set in China from 1963-1993; WILD SWANS MEETS DR ZHIVAGO,
In September 1979 some young Chinese artists who had abandoned socialist realism were bravely exploring self-expression. They tried to find a venue to display [...]
The Albion Beatnik Bookshop (34 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AA Phone: 07737 876213)
Thursday August 18 @7.30m
A talk by journalist and author of
To mark the 50th Anniversary of the showpiece rally of The Cultural Revolution
which led to this!
Sylvia will talk about [...]
The history of tea is not quite the peaceful story one would expect. In the C19th, it was an almost fanatically sought after commodity but British and Indian companies wanted to trade opium in exchange. ‘The Ibis Trilogy’ [...]
Exclusive Chinese New Year feature : Qu Leilei one of the founders of the Stars Art Movement which changed Chinese art forever!
A coup for Chinese New Year! Exclusive interview for Oxfordshire Limited Edition with one of the founders of the Stars Art movement the courageous Qu Leilei.
Ai Weiwei, Ma Desheng, Wang Keping and Li Shuang are among [...]
Chatting with Eve Ahmed and Linora Lawrence on That’s TV’‘s Talk Oxford. As well as talking about Brushstrokes in Time, we promoted our friend Gina Clay’s lovely and useful book ‘Don’t let them tell you how to Grieve’ [...]
Newsquest have syndicated a lot of the reviews listed below. Here is one of them. Maybe it is down to my Cornish heritage but I loved reviewing this exhibition.
Until recently I wrote two reviews a month for Weekend which [...]
Brushstrokes in Time OLE
I am grateful to editor Tim Metcalfe for commissioning this feature titled Brushstrokes in Time after my novel which Claret Press will publish in early 2016. Its origin was extended interviews with the artist Qu Leilei. [...]
Pictures: Qu Leilei and I outside his childhood weekend home in The Summer Palace, The Stars March to Tiananmen Square (1979) Right:Weimin He’s picture at the ROQ site inspired by my poem An Artist Observes
.Castaway No 42 [...]