Since childhood and being asked to stand up in class and read out my short stories I have loved creative writing, but in adulthood it took a backseat whilst I worked as a qualified Social Work, Teacher of Adults and Artist. It was in 2010 as I completed my art practiced PhD that I wrote about my upbringing and knew i had a story to tell. Accepted onto the three month The Writer's Pathway with University of Bolton, I was successful in gaining a place on the prestigious M.A. Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University graduating with a merit in 2015.
Born in London but with my parental homeland in Malaysia my writing draws on the richness of my heritage. Originally from China my parental grandparents migrated to Malaysia, and my English grandparents migrated to Africa. It seems world travel was in my DNA and I've reflected this in visiting many countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and the U.S.A. Much of my overseas visits have been to see family in Malaysia but also to present at conferences and exhibit my visual art in over ten countries from Outer Mongolia to India, South Korea and Thailand to name a few.
Many of my magic realism short stories, infused by cultural folklore, centre around greater care of the natural and urban environment. My creative memoir focuses on my female dual heritage, Chinese and English, in Britain. Both creative memoir and magic realism have crept into my conference papers like a sleek cat finding it's place in the sun.