Conference Confessions from Wuxi

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For those of you who want to know what I’ve been up to in Wuxi, China, I’ve written an extended blog post over on my philosophy blog, WaywardPhilosophy.com. Here’s an extract: I try to picture it. I am standing in front of five hundred scholars, Daoist priests, diviners, geomancers, inventors, poets, financial speculators, management theorists etc. On the stage by …

Chance Pieces on Creative Transformations Asia Blog

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A few weeks back Michael Keane, who is a Professor of Chinese Media at Curtin University and who runs the Digital China Lab, wrote a very generous review of my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces over on the Creative Transformations Asia blog. Here’s an extract. There is so much in the book to savour if you like a taste of magic realism …

Sixty-Four Chance Pieces in the Asian Review of Books

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Jonathan Chatwin has written a very nice piece in the Asian Review of Books about my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces. We met up the other week down in Birmingham, and spent an enjoyable Saturday morning talking about writing, China and other matters. Here’s an extract from Jonathan’s write-up: The tales of Sixty Four Chance Pieces wear the scholarly and creative struggles of their creator lightly. …

More on those four great mysteries…

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When I was in Suzhou a few weeks ago, I gave a talk about my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces at the wonderful Bookworm bookshop, called ‘Four Great Mysteries’ (see the blog post here). In preparation for the talk, I scrawled the following notes, and although the talk itself diverged occasionally wildly from what I’ve written here (the wine helped, as did the fun of …

A Book of Changes

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I’m very pleased to be able to announce that I’ve just signed the contract on my novel-of-sorts, “A Book of Changes: Sixty-four Chance Pieces” with the excellent Earnshaw Books, purveyors of all good things China-related. The book should be out some time in the first quarter of next year, and will be available in the UK, USA and East Asia. …

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Accidental Sinology

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I’m down in Bangor for a brief spell, where I’ve been talking to creative writing and translation students about how a few years back I found myself stumbling into matters Sinological, and the general mayhem that has ensued since then. I wasn’t sure that I was going to get here at all this morning, as there was train chaos across …