Lydia Kwa is the author of three novels and two books of poetry. Her latest novel Pulse came out in 2010 (Toronto: Key Porter Books) and was released in a new edition in Singapore by Ethos Books in 2014; The Walking Boy (Toronto: Key Porter) was launched in 2005; and, her début novel This Place Called Absence (Winnipeg: Turnstone Press) came out in 2000. Lydia published her first collection of poetry The Colours of Heroines in 1994 (Women’s Press, Toronto). At this time, she is working on the prequel to her novel The Walking Boy, set during the Tang dynasty in China. Lydia is an accomplished psychologist who lives and works in Vancouver.
Born in Singapore, Lydia came to Canada in 1980 to start her psychology undergraduate degree at University of Toronto. By 1986, 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.
At the October 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lydia will present from her fictional work. Information about the event is here: https://surreymuse.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/october-28-gathering-of-surrey-muse/