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CHINA SUITE AND OTHER POEMS
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GILLIAN BICKLEY'S fourth collection of poems in which she responds to people, art and life, creating a record of her particular space in time. Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Sukhothai, Honolulu, Mexico City, northernmost Scotland, Andorra are among the places. Intimates and strangers are the people. She is interested as much in a mother and son seen for some seconds on a bridge in Shanghai as in the emotions flowing between performer and conductor throughout a concert, and the interpretation one creative artist gives to that of another's work. She values the records we all make: -- the heritage we may or may not preserve, what we choose to reveal of our lives, the constant interpretative understanding of the personal as well as the historical past, and the sacredness of memory. Here we find observation and reflection - on current affairs as well as people and places - and also the frisson produced by five "skulls" in a window, a funeral owl caught in hire-car headlights, and the realization that classical stories are re-enacted in our own lives. The poet reads her poems on two audio CDs packaged with the book.
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GILLIAN BICKLEY, born and educated in the United Kingdom, has lived mostly in Hong Kong since 1970. Her books include China Suite and other Poems (2009), Sightings: a collection of Poetry (2007), Moving House and other Poems from Hong Kong (2005) and For the Record and other Poems of Hong Kong (2003), the latter two now translated into Chinese. She is the author of The Stewarts of Bourtreebush (2003) and The Golden Needle: The Biography of Frederick Stewart (1836-1889) (1997), and editor of The Complete Court Cases of Magistrate Frederick Stewart (2008), A Magistrate's Court in Nineteenth Century Hong Kong: Court in Time (2005; 2nd edition, 2009), The Development of Education in Hong Kong, 1841-1897 (2002) and Hong Kong Invaded! A '97 Nightmare (2001). Her poetry has been anthologised in Hong Kong, the Philippines and the United Kingdom & translated into several languages. Dr Bickley was Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the Hong Kong Baptist University for twenty-two years. She has also held academic positions at the University of Lagos (Nigeria), Auckland (New Zealand) and the University of Hong Kong. She is now an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre of Asian Studies, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong. She is a Council Member, Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong Branch). With her husband, Verner Bickley, she is co-founder of The Proverse Prize for unpublished writing.GILLIAN BICKLEY has lived mainly in Hong Kong since 1970.

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