PUBLISHED SHORT STORIES
Towards Forgiveness: Sino-Tasmanian Stories from two Islands
Publisher: Ginninderra Press, 2012
Paperback, 170pp, 205mmm x 145mm
Hong Kong and Tasmania have much in common. Both are islands; the inhabitants of both have a love-hate relationship with that looming presence, The Mainland; both had a legacy of British colonial rule, in the first instance yielding brutality in Tasmania and racism in Hong Kong; both are extraordinarily beautiful; mountainous but with the sea ever present. And both have governments that refuse to recognize their charge of stewardship over that beauty, as you may see on a slideshow tour of Hong Kong and Its Hinterland. Towards Forgiveness is a collection of short stories that bounce between Hong Kong and Tasmania.These stories alternate between the two islands, as they progress from violence, racism and retribution, to love and forgiveness. Seven stories out of the eleven stories have won awards, and all have been previously published.
A powerful and poignant collection of stories that explore the subtleties of human relations, reaching beyond cultural and gender divisions to touch on the universal. – Rosie Dub, author of Gathering Storm and Flight
… At times violent and emotionally wrenching, this collection ultimately celebrates our capacity for forgiveness and love. Each story is a gem in itself and as soon as you finish the collection you’ll want to read it again. – Tammy Ho, founding editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
…arresting collection … emotional reactions between individuals from two cultures and ultimately revelations of subtle differences that cannot be bridged and need for atonement, forgiveness and sadness results. … a pocket rocket that will have wide appeal. – Warren Brewer, Sunday Tasmanian
Here are three examples:
A Taste of the Cat
Young Josh was no pretty boy; he’d suffered too much at the boys’ prison at Point Puer. The Tasmanian devils did their scavenging thoroughly.
Just One Sip More
A Chinese woman’s revenge for her ex-husband’s treachery. Read story
Two birds, one stone
Anna Wu was the perfect secretary. She designed the perfect murder to exact a double revenge. Read story
You’ll have to buy the book if you want more!Meantime here are some other stories:
A Laborial Clown
Togatus, Issue 2, 2007.
An even-handed hit at the absurdities of Tasmanian politics.
Diana McPartlin & Mio Debnam (Eds).
Sweat and the City: Stories and poems from the Hong Kong workplace.
Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Writers’ Circle, 2006. pp.109-121. Read story
Going for Gold
– Australian Short Story Awards, 2005
A Whited Sepulchre
– Commended, Tom Howard Short Story Competition No. 12, 2004
– Commended, Fish Award, 2004
A Surprising Way of Acquiring Wisdom
– First Prize, Midlands Literary Competition, April 2002
Just One Sip More
– First Prize, Red Dragon, January 2002
The Old Man’s Suit
– Finalist, Writespot, November 2001
– Commended, Mona Brand Central Coast FAW, April 1999
– Second Prize, Dandenong, November 1998
Mr. Thorndyke’s Mistress
– Highly Commended, FAW Manly Peninsula Region, October 2001
Only My Chinese Teacher
– Highly Commended, Southern Cross, Ballarat, June 2001
– Highly Commended, Tom Howard, RASTAR, 2001
Wok au Vin
– First Prize, FAW (Northern Tasmania) James McQueen Short Story Award 2001
Set in Tasmania – the French dish coq au vin becomes the basis for a rare Chinese delicacy.
– First Prize, FAW Manly Peninsula Region, October 1998
– Third Prize, RASTAR Tom Howard, June 1998
– Special Commendation, RASTAR Tom Howard, June 1998
– First prize, FAW Central Coast, Dec 1997
A Taste of the Cat
– Runner Up, R. Carson Gold Memorial Bursary, 1995