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July 10, 2012

Andrew Y M Kwong awarded Litlink Varuna Fellowship 2012

Exciting news from Andrew Kwong.  

He is one of the four recipients of the NSW Litlink  Varuna Fellowships 2012.

Congratulations, Andrew!

I first met Andrew when he enrolled in writing courses I was teaching. He then asked me to become his writing mentor. Andrew has continued to develop his manuscript Snake Business’, the true story of his young life in Mao’s China, into a compelling narrative. One can hardly believe the depths and heights that human beings are capable of reaching, from the most cruel and violent to the most selfless and loving acts imaginable. The determination, effort and time that Andrew has devoted to developing the craft of writing and reaching deep into his memory and emotions is a credit to him. It stems from his firm belief, and the belief of those who have read his manuscript, that his story should be told as widely as possible. It truly beggars belief and yet it is all true.

Andrew has now also secured one of the best literary editors in the business. The Litlink Varuna residency includes accommodation and all meals at Varuna, the Writers’ House in Katoomba, and will allow Andrew the luxury of time to complete his final draft.

It will only be a matter of time before ‘Snake Business’ is published. If there is one book that you should fit onto your must-read list when it’s available, ‘Snake Business’ is that book.

Andrew has also published several short stories while developing the craft of writing.

Fantastic news, Andrew. It has been wonderful to work with you and a genuine thrill to see you take flight on your way to new heights.


  1. This is fantastic. well deserved and I cannot wait to read the important journey of coming to Australia and making a new life here.

    Comment by Susanne Gervay — July 10, 2012 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your heartfelt wishes. I have only read your message tonight. Work has eaten up most of my spare time of late with so many people to care for. Andrew

      Comment by Andrew Y M Kwong — August 1, 2012 @ 9:44 pm | Reply

  2. I cannot think of a writer more deserving of such an opportunity, Andrew. I believe that even starving through the 50’s, you must have been a resourceful and cheery little boy. The pictures that you create of your friendships, fears, the thrice boiled rice. I have several people wanting a copy as soon as it is published. Thanks Sharon. This is a real honour for all who have shared parts of your writing journey.

    Comment by Wendy Lohse — July 12, 2012 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

    • Dear Wendy,
      Many thanks for your kind words. I have neglected reading your sincere wishes until now. There’ll still be more work to do to make my story worthy of your expectaion.

      Comment by Andrew Y M Kwong — August 1, 2012 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

  3. A great achievement. Andrew has inspired me in so many ways and it just proves to me that writing is definitely the window to one’s soul!

    Comment by Jeremy Cartner — July 13, 2012 @ 8:27 am | Reply

    • Keep up your writing endeavour Jeremy. You too have many stories to tell.

      Comment by Andrew Y M Kwong — August 1, 2012 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

  4. Thank you for your comments, Susanne, Wendy and Jeremy. Andrew is indeed an inspiration and many readers will find his story and his indomitable spirit encouraging and a testament to the power of the mind and spirit to overcome just about all odds. ‘Snake Business’ is also a salutary lesson in propaganda and the need for people to ever-vigilant about human rights; for all.

    Comment by roundtablewriting — July 13, 2012 @ 9:38 am | Reply

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