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
A brilliant line up for The Kennington Festival Arts starting with Peggy Seeger. Read my profile feature on her here.
The Kennington Festival of Arts kicked off with the memorable Peggy Seeger. She had the audience in the palm of her hand and her empathy shobe bright. I can recommend First Time Ever . Many memoirs have too much
Within 10 years it is likely that China will become the largest economy in the world (as it once was) but few Brits know much about Chinese history. This series is brilliant and I hope will spark an interest. Rana