For new German readers of Pinselstriche and those who have read Brushstrokes in Time and are interested in the background,Little Winter’s father is inspired by Qu Bo the famous father of the Stars artist Qu Leilei . Leilei inspired my
When Claret Press suggested my tagline should be ‘Stories for the Global Reader’ , I froze for a moment. It became obvious to me – that is what I had been writing since 1998 when I started freelance journalism
Has Covid affected readers of my blog as it has me? Because many of us have more reflection time have you found yourselves remembering something which leads you on a nostalgic journey? Every time I walk by the Radcliffe Observatory
I wanted to take my mind off the issues surrounding Black Lives Matter and my latest novel with Nancy Mudenyo Hunt - Not so Black and White. The arrival of the German translation of Brushstrokes in Time has done
Women's Mosques in Chinese Islam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DewWSGTwOXo China used to be surprisingly tolerant of Muslims and uniquely had 500 women’s mosques run by female imams . I learned about them from Dr Maria Jaschok, Director of International Gender Studies at Oxford.
Nothing new about slave Labour in Chinese prisons. Brushstrokes in Time (p156) has a Christmas message!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50890519 There really is nothing new about this story . In Brushstrokes in Time my coming of age novel about a Chinese artist on the fringe of real events in China , two chapters are set in a Labour camp
I spent a delightful Saturday revisiting Chiang Yee -the charming artist who was ‘The Silent Traveller in Oxford etc. I first encountered his books when I ran the Jam Factory (1987-1998) and I loved them. After a symposium at the
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-48476879/tiananmen-s-tank-man-the-image-that-china-forgot In China it is dangerous to mourn the students who died in the Tiananmen Square 30 years ago today. Even more citizens of Beijing died trying to stop the tanks reaching the square. My novel ‘Brushstrokes in Time’ could
As I looked through Tower of the Winds I became rather emotional. The surprise began at the launch in St Lukes in the ROQ . An impressive roll over of images on a huge screen was the backdrop to the
Thank you Paul Harris, Maria Jaschok, Sian Liwicki, Yangchin Li, Frank Sieren, Ray Foulk, Pete Hughes and the bloggers and the reviewers on Amazon and Goodreads!
This is one of my favourite reviews of Brushstrokes in Time. I am fortunate that whoever reads my novel(including those named above)are impressed by its authenticity.They say they feel transported to the time and place when the courageous Stars artists