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Non-fiction Fishing in Troubled Waters - James Borton

Fiction - Indigo Nights and Sliver Crows - Melody Kemp

Greenjillies - GB Prabhat

Poetry Peaches to Market and Two Poems - Reid Mitchell, Thunderstorm Warning - Kate Rogers

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Here are the first articles in a growing series of jewels from the archive.

This week's gem - Three Poems - Tammy Ho

The Name of China - Jan Morris

Chinese poetry after 1989 -  Zheng Danyi's essay and key pieces by Misty and New Generation poets.

Captain Dang Van Nhan
Non-fiction | James Borton


Increased tensions between the Chinese and Vietnamese governments make waves in the South China Sea for Dang Van Nhan and thousands of local fishermen.

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Poetry | Tammy Ho

Treasures From the Vault:

Three poems by Tammy Ho, originally published in the Summer 2006 issue of the Asia Literary Review.

HK University Press Poetry Prize 2014
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The HKU School of English Creative Writing Studio and HKU Press announce the 2014 International Poetry Prize for an unpublished first collection.

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We're delighted to announce a collaboration with Griffith REVIEW, Australia's most prominent literary publication.

New Asia will feature the best young writers in Asia-Pacific today.

Click here for full details.


In this Issue

Fiction | John Burdett


Every morning after the paracetamol, the coffee and the pain au chocolat at the Hong Kong Club, Curly Jones, partner in the law firm of Magnus, Gray and Ping, sat back, gazed at the ceiling and pondered the precarious nature of life in general and his in particular.

Interviews | Martin Alexander

Jeet Thayil is a performance poet, songwriter and guitarist. He has published four collections of poetry and edited The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (2008).

Art | Zhang Bingjiang

Hall of Fame, a series of portraits commissioned by filmmaker and contemporary artist Zhang Bingjian, acknowledges that corruption is often the path to fame and fortune.


Video | Jang Jin-sung

At Poetry Parnassus.




Jang Jin-sung is a North Korean defector, and was once Poet Laureate to Kim Jong Il. Representing his people rather than...

Video | Liu Xiaobo

The Nobel laureate's love poem to his wife.


This poem was first published in the Asia Literary Review in December 2010. It was translated from the Chinese by Zheng Danyi, Shirley Lee and Martin Alexander in September 2010. It featured with Charter 08 in the World-Wide Readings on the 20th March 2011 and 2012, organised by the Berlin Literature Festival and Authors for...



Here are some of our previously published book reviews:


The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura, reviewed by Kelly Falconer

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng - reviewed by Kathleen Hwang

Orphan of Islam by Alexander Khan, reviewed by Ysabelle Cheung

When All the Lights are Stripped Away by Sunil Nair, reviewed by Kelly Falconer

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden, reviewed by James E. Hoare

All Woman and Springtime by B. W. Jones, reviewed by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

The Old Garden by Hwang Sok-yong, reviewed by Lucia Sehui Kim

The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

The Last Kestrel by Jill McGivering, reviewed by Michael Hoffman


For more, visit the Non-fiction section of our Archive.