This short story collection paints complex characters, Macau myths and magic, all set in the former Portuguese colony of Macau. Macau was one of the first European settlements in Asia (founded in 1557) and over some 450 years a unique Macanese culture developed, one that fused Europe and China to create an individual identity which, sadly, is in decline in the twenty-first century. Graeme Hall is a talented storyteller and his work has been published in English, Portuguese and Chinese.
Graeme Hall abandoned the world of intellectual property law to become a novelist and short story writer. He has won the short story competitions of the Macau Literary Festival and the Ilkley Literature Festival, and his writing has been published in anthologies by Black Pear Press and the Macau Literary Festival. Graeme lived in Hong Kong from 1993 to 2010 and still keeps a close connection to the city. His first novel was set in Hong Kong and Shanghai over the period 1996/97 and most of his writing comes from his love of that part of the world. Graeme is an active member of the Leeds Writers Circle whose members have been a constant source of advice, support and encouragement. He lives in Calderdale, West Yorkshire with his wife and a wooden dog.
Read: The Gift, Litro
Review: The Goddess of Macau, Asian Review of Books
Prompt: What were you planning on doing this summer? Write about your cancelled plans or holiday as if they happened. Hone in on a single day when you meet someone unexpected. Describe them. Now write freely for 10 mins.