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2016 Singapore Literature Prize

Yeng Pway Ngon (Revisiting the Long Pavilion Willows, Cantonese Opera) “Helpless before the heavens we part, what sorrow, what rage; the farewell heart clings to the drooping willow, goodbye tears splash the flowers..." Excerpt available in Words Without Borders Translated by Jeremy Tiang

Winner of Hong Chien-Chuan Literature Award, Yang Huan Literature Award

Li Tong Translated by Brandon Yen A promise for a reunion twenty years later A journey back to their Island of Gaillardias on the Mid-Autumn Festival
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The Post-Nuclear Land as seen by the Children

Randy Taguchi Translated by Raj Mahtani Foreword by Yuki Masami: Listening to Fukushima An interview with Randy Taguchi
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Winner English PEN Award

Xu Xiaobin Translated by Nicky Harman Xu Xiaobin on her life-long relationship with literature: featured in PEN Atlas Snow - a new short story by Xu Xiaobin, available free to read: Read Paper Republic Week 41 A searingly honest account of a woman living through traumatic times "An extraordinary and unusual story" —Book of the Week (BookBlast) "Iron Girls to Leftover Women: What Next for Chinese Women?" —London Foyles Bookshop
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Shih Chiung-Yu

"Past experiences shape who you are today. Memories cling like phantoms; vines that wrap around the body are vanquished only by death. Can humans exist without memories?" "An interview with Shih Chiung-Yu" by Darryl Sterk —Words Without Borders "Brutal, intense, fascinating"—The Writes of Woman "What it means to be a woman reconciling the scars of a tortured past with living in a globalized era"—Taipei Times
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Winner of the 2015 Lennox Robinson Literary Award

Chang Ying-Tai

“A world of shamans, tree-spirits, bears, forests and whispers.”—Asian Review of Books and man's place in and relationship with the natural world."—Irish Examiner "A short, quiet novel that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality in a dream like fable."—BookTrust "A coming-of-age parable that contemplates love, loss, desire, familial bonds

Translated by Darryl Sterk

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The Only Pupil in the School

2015 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition


Winner of 2014 Chen Bochui International Prize for Children's Literature

“A hugely impressive book...”—Read It Daddy!

"Delightful pastel illustrations complement this gentle story."—BookTrust

“The book is illustrated beautifully with soft pastels... It is refreshing.”—Magpie That

2016 Singapore Writers Festival Words Go Round


Riku and the Kingdom of White


Riku and the Kingdom of White is a coming-of-age story of a wide-eyed boy’s courage, brimming with hope of a bright and shining future. It is also the story of the lost innocence of an untold number of children who continue to live, day after day, undaunted, in Fukushima, after March 11, 2011, in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Translated from the Japanese by Raj Mahtani

With Foreword by Yuki Masami (Professor of Human and Socio-Environmental Studies, Kanazawa University)

Crystal Wedding

Winner of English Pen Award

2016 Financial Times Emerging Voices Fiction Awards Longlist (Special Report)


Yang Tianyi is a “leftover woman” and under pressure to find a husband. She is attractive and intelligent but knows little of the world, and finally makes a disastrous marriage to a man, Wang Lian. At the end of the 1980s, in Tiananmen Square, she meets her love Hua Zheng again. However, after the political turmoil, Hua Zheng is framed as one of the perpetrators of the disturbances, and is sentenced to prison. Set against the background of China’s turbulent 1980s and 1990s, Crystal Wedding is a novel of searing emotional honesty. (Published on 8 March 2016)

Amid a Sea of Red Flags: Xu Xiaobin on her life-long relationship with literature: featured in ENGLISH PEN ATLAS

Crystal Wedding Preface by the Author

Snow – a short story by Xu Xiaobin (Read Paper Republic Week 41)

Xu Xiaobin and Nicky Harman in Conversation (Wednesday 20th April, University of Leeds)

“This is a powerful and sensitively constructed novel about a literary woman’s search for a fulfilling love against the background of the Tian’anmen tragedy and its aftermath.” – Laifong Leung (Professor Emerita, University of Alberta)

Masked Dolls

An Australian woman, burdened by the original sin of her Caucasian ancestors, and a Taiwanese woman, haunted by the memories of 100 years of conflict in her homeland, meet as backpackers while travelling in South Korea. As they live and travel together, two women in flight, one from the East and the other from the West, struggle to find a way out of their personal dilemmas. (Published on 28 February 2016)

Shih Chiung-Yu on her new book Masked Dolls: an event @ SOAS London, 28 April 2016

Masked Dolls – An Audience with Shih Chiung-Yu @ Leeds University, 5th May 2016

“Masked Dolls is one of those rare books which after reading reveals itself to be greater than the sum of its parts. Brutal, intense, fascinating.” – The Writes of Woman