Pro-democracy activist and former lawmaker Nathan Law is penning a new series of essays and semi-biographical accounts that he hopes to assemble into a book.
Law announced on his Facebook account on Tuesday that he wishes to “document those turbulent yet hopeful times.”
Nathan Law. Photo: In-Media.
“From student leader, chairman of a political party, then Legislative Councillor, to later being disqualified and becoming a prisoner in jail – I have lived a life that is full of twists and turns, and yet is exciting over the past couple of years,” Law said.
Law also said that being isolated from the outside world in jail has lead him to engage in self-reflection and look back on his experiences over the past few years. He wished to write down his story, and the story of Hong Kong, he added.
Law was elected last September as Hong Kong’s youngest-ever lawmaker, but was disqualified over his oath-taking in July. A month later, he was sentenced to eight months in jail for his participation in the Civic Square clashes that sparked the 2014 Occupy protests, along with activists Alex Chow and Joshua Wong. He was released on bail while awaiting appeal.
Police surrounded student protesters at Civic Square on September 27, 2014. File Photo: Occupy Central with Love and Peace.
Law said he will be uploading one or two pieces – each around 1000 words – every week to SOSreader, where he has launched a subscription system. The series of articles – named “Walking on a tightrope in tumultuous times” – are drafts he prepared whilst in jail. He is planning to collect the essays in the form of a book.
The articles on the platform are available to all, but Law said he welcomes subscriptions, which will go towards translating the articles into English. Subscribers will also receive a discount on the book if he is successful in publishing it.
The David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship is a unique and generous annual award of £26,000 to enable a fiction writer who wants to write in English about the Far East to spend a year in the UK, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
The Fellowship is named for its sponsor Mr David Wong, a retired Hong Kong businessman who has also been a teacher, journalist and senior civil servant, and is a writer of fiction. The Fellowship was launched in 1997 and the first Fellow appointed from 1st October 1998.
David T.K.Wong's first novel The Evergreen Teahouse was published in 2003, his collection of short fiction Chinese Stories in Times of Change in 2009. His most recent novel is The Embrace of Harlots. In this radio interview David Wong speaks about his life, his writing and the David T. K. Wong Fellowship in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. To read excerpts from David Wong's work and for more information, please visit his website.
The David T.K. Wong Fellow joins a community of writers founded by Sir Angus Wilson and Sir Malcolm Bradbury in 1970. UEA creative writing graduates include Naomi Alderman, Tash Aw, Trezza Azzopardi, John Boyne, Tracy Chevalier, Andrew Cowan, Anne Enright, Adam Foulds, Emma Healey, Kathryn Hughes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Anjali Joseph, Ian McEwan, Andrew Miller, Neel Mukherjee, Owen Sheers, Christie Watson, DW Wilson, and Naomi Wood.
Fellowship Award 2017-18
We are delighted to announce that the 2017/18 David T. K. Wong Fellowship has been awarded to Nathaniel Go.
Nathan Go was born and raised in southern Philippines. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. A PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, he has taught creative writing at the Braille Institute. His stories have been published or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, the Massachusetts Review and the Des Moines Register. He is currently working on his first novel.
Former David T.K. Wong Fellows
Meng Jin (2016/17)
Violet Kupersmith (2015/16)
Jack Wang (2014/15)
Sharlene Teo (2013/14)
Ramesh Balakrishna Pillay (2012/13)
Presca Ahn (2011/12)
Chau (Cab) Tran (2010/11)
Hanh Hoang (2009/10)
Nam Le (2008/9)
Balli Jaswal (2007/8)
Mulaika Hijjas (2006/7)
Linh Dinh (2005/6)
Rattawut Lapcharoensap (2004/5)
Lakambini (Bing) Sitoy (2003/4)
Wendy Law-Yone (2002/3)
Liisa Laing (2001/2)
Simone Lazaroo (2000/1)
José Dalisay (1999/2000)
Po Wah Lam (1998/99)
Read more about the former Fellows.
Entry for the 2018-19 Fellowship is now open.
Application deadline: Wednesday 28th February 2018
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