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
During the 15 years I reviewed exhibitions for The Oxford Times – when I was proud to write for it - the show that moved me the most was Qu Leilei's ‘Everyone’s Life is an Epic.’ Meeting him and hearing
Do you know how it feels to read thoughts that echo your own? I’ve just read Kwame Anthony Appiah’s The Lies that Bind. My second novel Sculpting the Elephant explores identity and crossing cultures. In Oxford we have the world’s
The historian Margaret MacMillan in her thought provoking BBC Reith Lectures ‘The Mark of Cane’ tackles the subject of war in a manner that includes multiple different narratives. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csxgs0 In her fourth lecture ‘Managing the Unmanageable’ in which she talks
Brushstrokes in Time has been translated into German and Drackenhaus Verlag will publish it in 2019. Claret Press will publish my second novel Sculpting the Elephant next March. If only I wrote crime fiction I could make money but I am a sad old