From The Bookseller (March 2021)
Winter 2020/Spring 2021
MEGAPHONE WRITER DEVELOPMENT SCHEME 2021
I am thrilled to be back as a mentor on the latest Megaphone mentoring scheme which seeks to support six writers of colour in England. The mentees will receive a year of sustained support with masterclasses, 1-2-1 editorial feedback from mentors and a showcase. I am keen to find more BESEA (British East and Southeast Asian) writers for children. Please do apply! For more info click here.
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 (August 2020)
I'm thrilled that my team featuring director Paul Sng and producer Johanna Blair were chosen to make our short film FOLDING. The film will be my first screenwriting credit! Thanks Sharp Shorts. The other films chosen are brilliant and I can't wait to see them made! https://shortcircuit.scot/sharp-shorts/sharp-shorts-2020-awardees/
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 six 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.
BESEA Mentoring (British East and Southeast Asian 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.