Lydia Kwa is the author of four novels and two books of poetry. Her latest novel Oracle Bone (Arsenal Pulp Press 2017) set during the Tang dynasty in China, is a prequel to her novel The Walking Boy (Key Porter 2005). Earlier, she published Pulse (Key Porter Books) in 2010 that was released in a new edition in Singapore by Ethos Books in 2014; and, her début novel This Place Called Absence (Turnstone Press) came out in 2000. Lydia published her first collection of poetry The Colours of Heroines in 1994 (Women’s Press, Toronto). Born in Singapore, Lydia came to Canada in 1980 to start her psychology undergraduate degree at University of Toronto. She began to show interest in writing by presenting and publishing at student literary events and campus publications. Her poetry was so well received that in 1989 she won two prizes in the same year at Queen’s University. Soon after, her poems were published in CV2, the Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing. Lydia is an accomplished psychologist who lives and works in Vancouver.
At the February 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lydia will be the Featured Author. Information about the event is here: february-23-gathering-of-surrey-muse
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded territories of the
Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.