Urbanisation in Xinjiang

December 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

There’s an interesting piece on urbanisation in Xinjiang by Wade Shepard at The Diplomat (in which I am quoted). He writes about Horgos, theĀ  border town near Yining, where I used to live, and the speed with which Horgos is being transformed into a municipality. In general terms, it seems that the development of this much vaunted New Silk Road is centered around the north of Xinjiang, and thus runs the risk of further widening the economic gap between it and the south of the region (which is where most Uyghurs live).

The Two-Child Policy

November 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

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This week I wrote about China’s plans to end the one-child policy on the London Review of Books Blog.

Louisiana Book Festival

October 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

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I’ll be at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge on Sat 31 November.

As well as a solo event for The Casualties, I’ll also be taking part in what’s likely to be a great panel about 80 years of The Southern Review, a magazine I’m proud to contribute to. Here are a few of the stories I’ve written for them:

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And then

October 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

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I have a new story in the Autumn issue of The Southern Review.

FT quote

October 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’m quoted in today’s Financial Times in a piece on recent violence in Xinjiang.

US Tour

September 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

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I’m very excited about appearing at some great independent bookstores in the US and Canada over the next 6 weeks to promote my first novel, The Casualties. Thanks to all at Powerhouse in New York for a great launch for the book on September 3rd as well. I also want to thank Creative Scotland for helping fund the tour.

September 24- Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

September 29 – Lunenburg Bound, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

October 5 – Powell’s bookstore, Portland, OR, with Marjorie Sandor

October 13 – Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland, CA

October 16 – Book Passage, San Fransisco with Matthew Siegel

October 20 – Sundance Books, Reno, Nevada

Oct 31 – Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge

Print

Everyday Corruption in China

September 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

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I write about the Tianjin explosion and the need to reform low-level governance in China on the LRB Blog.

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