Special thanks to the generously talented Bhavini Raval who performed my monologue ‘The Tutterer’ at Cosmic Chauffeur’s music and spoken word event earlier this month. No easy task. It’s about high-achieving expat ladies who lurch (and tut) in Hong Kong and asks what makes them tick (and tut). Here’s a taster:
“It’s not easy for a girl as attractive as me to get the level of attention she requires. By which I mean: enough to reassure me that my looks are holding out, but not so much that I’m cultivating stalkers whenever I show a little thigh. I object to being objectified, you see. I’m sensitive, almost to a fault. David may not think so but I’m bloody human. Just like you, only slightly easier on the eye.”
I plan to write and perform more Hong Kong monologues over the next few months with with the aim of offending as many societal groups here as possible before leaving. I’m also approaching the end of ‘the big one’. Nothing to do with the panic-stricken protagonist of ‘Locked in Love’, just the latest of my efforts to complete a novel I’m truly happy with. As ever, this is being workshopped by a group of battle-hardened fellow travellers through the Hong Kong Writers Circle. Working title: Altered State.
At least a couple of new Hong Kong authors are ahead of me on this score. Look out for my reviews of these recently published novels over the next few weeks.
The Lethian by Rufi Angel (young adult fantasy/adventure)
Drachen by Brendan Le Grange (contemporary thriller)