PANEL AND READINGS
Fiction takes a world you know and makes it new. Traversing the complexities of modern life, three powerhouses of contemporary fiction discuss comfort, disturbance and absurdity in reimagining.
Panellists: Hao Jingfang (Folding Beijing), Dorothy Tse (Snow and Shadow), Julie Koh (Portable Curiosities)
Born in 1984, HAO Jingfang obtained her undergraduate degree from Tsinghua University’s Department of Physics in 2006 and her PhD degree from the same university in Economics and Management in 2012. Her published novelettes include Summer at Grandma's House, A Song of Strings, The Last Brave Man, and Folding Beijing. She has also published two full-length novels, Wandering in the Sky and Born in 1984, and two short story collections Into the Beyond and The Depths of Loneliness. Her story Folding Beijing won the 2016 World Sci-Fi Hugo Award Best Novelette. Read it for free.
Dorothy Tse is a Hong Kong fiction writer who has published three short story collections in Chinese. Her literary prizes include the Hong Kong Biennial Award for Chinese Literature and Taiwan’s Unitas New Fiction Writers’ Award. Tse's first English short stories collection, Snow and Shadow (translated by Nicky Harman), was long listed for the 2015 Best Translated Book Award (The University of Rochester). Tse is also a co-founder of the Hong Kong literary magazine Fleurs de lettres. She currently teaches literature and writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Julie Koh was born in Sydney to Chinese–Malaysian parents. After quitting a career in corporate law to pursue writing, she has had short stories published in a range of publications, including The Best Australian Stories 2014 and 2015, The Sleepers Almanac and The Lifted Brow. In 2013 she was a finalist for the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (Written Word category). In her first full-length short story collection, Portable Curiosities, Koh mines the underbelly of contemporary culture and turns Australian society – and Australian short fiction – on its head.