Amidst a GLOBAL PANDEMIC things have been going very well for my career. I've had my ups and downs during lockdown as has everyone. But there have been a few wonderful moments shine through and it's more important now than ever to have more human and honest representations of East Asian and Southeast Asian people on screen and in books. #CoronaRacism
BEATS FELLOWSHIP (August 2020)
I am thrilled to be chosen as a BEATS fellow. I will be mentored my screenwriter Emma Reeves who has worked on many CBBC shows (The Dumping Ground, The Demon Headmaster, Eve) and has adapted Jacqueline Wilson's recent novels Hetty Feather for stage and My Mum Tracy Beaker for TV. I am so happy with the pairing and look forward to growing further as a screenwriter! Thanks BEATS! Thanks Emma!
SHARP SHORTS Shortlist (July 2020)
I'm thrilled to be working with director Paul Sng and producer Johanna Blair on a short film called Folding. We've been shortlisted for Sharp Shorts and have been attending useful workshops and masterclasses online to help us shape our first draft. Only 9 out of 16 teams will get the £15,000 funding to make their film. The competition is fierce! But we're so lucky to be on a shortlist with such creative people. Fingers crossed. And toes.
Wigtown Book Festival Podcast August 2020
Peter Pan Moat Brae Podcast June 2020
Wigtown Book Festival Blog Interview May 2020
Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship 2020 (May 2020)
I am delighted to be named as the new Writer in Residence at Peter Pan Moat Brae for 2020-21. I cannot wait to get started and begin writing new stories inspired by the Neverland Discovery Garden and to keep up with how it's going, please do read my blog!
Scottish Book Trust - Live Literature Database for author visits
If you would like to book an author talk or a storytelling session (I can do Chinese-themed stories or fairytales from around the world) please do have a look my website and get in touch with Scottish Book Trust about their Live Literature subsidised author visits.
Write4Film with the Scottish Film Talent Network (October 2019)
I was one of sis writers to be chosen for the Write4Film Scheme with the Scottish Film Talent Network and from October until April 2020, I received masterclasses, 1-2-1 support and attended pitching workshop for a newly written short film and a feature outline.
Writers Advisory Group (June 2019 ongoing)
I am thrilled to be one of five writers who are part of the Writers Advisory Group (WAG) with Literature Alliance Scotland. We hope to be the voice for what writers in the country need to sustain a meaningful career as a writer.
The Big Think is a new well being programme for Primary Schools in the UK. Many of the new and inclusive stories were written by me. If you know of any primary schools who would be interested in this well-being programme then please do pass on the information.
BEA Mentoring (2019 - 2020)
My new BEA (British East Asian) mentee for 2019-2020 is Lui Sit (pronounced Louie) who writes middle grade. I was taken with Lui's writing from the first page and her earnest character Puffin.