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Mary Jean Chan and Shannon Young

Celebrate local literature with Mary Jean Chan and Shannon Young

24 February 2016

Thank you for joining our evening reading Mary Jean Chan and Shannon Young. The season of swapping love stories isn’t over just yet. We are delighted to see so many avid readers from both the Festival and Aēsop.

The Festival would like to take this opportunity to thank Aēsop for their support. Aēsop is an Australian skin, body, and hair-care brand with shops in London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, and elsewhere.

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 Photo © Katrina Hamlin

About Mary Jean Chan

Mary Jean is a poet and writer from Hong Kong who believes that stories often contain more truths than facts. A recent graduate from Swarthmore College and the University of Oxford, Mary Jean’s work has been published in journals and anthologies such as Cadaverine Magazine, The Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Small Craft Warnings, The Charnel House and In Protest: 150 Poems for Humans Rights.

A former TEDx speaker, Mary Jean was twice selected as one of Oxford’s emerging poetic voices by the Oxford University Poetry Society. Mary Jean is currently an MA candidate in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and edits the Oxford University Poetry Society Journal ASH.


About Shannon Young

Shannon Young is an American author living in Hong Kong. Her books include a love story, Ferry Tale; a travel memoir, Year of Fire Dragons, about her real-life romance with a man from Hong Kong; and a Kindle Single on student debt. She also edited an anthology of creative non-fiction by expat women in Asia called How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit?





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