3 January 2009

SHOWCASE: Josephine Chia

Josephine Chia is a Peranakan Straits Chinese, born and raised in Kampong Potong Pasir Singapore. She came to England in October 1985. She is a published author who gives talks on Creative Writing, yoga for health and cookery. She has an M.A. in Creative Writing and has published books on Singaporean Cookery, a novel, a collection of short stories and memoirs.

She is also a yoga teacher trained by the British Wheel Of Yoga and mainly work on a one-to-one basis with clients using yoga as a therapy for common ailments and disorders, particularly backache and asthma. She has worked with both abled and disabled clients. Her yoga book, Body And Mind Sculpture/Shape Up For Self-Discovery was published in May 2003. Full details of her books can be found on her website: www.josephinechia.com

Josephine just had her manuscript, Your Body: Gateway To The Divine accepted by O Publishers, UK. This book is based on the spiritual aspect of yoga and is due to be released in July 2009. Josephine has written for spiritual magazines like Kindred Spirit and New Vision. She recently won Third Prize in a Society Of Women Writers & Journalists short story competition in May 2007 with her story, A Question Of Choice. Her article, A Sense of Place won its Highly Commended Prize in December 2006. She also had a short story A Satisfactory Solution published in an anthology in August 2006. Her last novel, Shadows Across The Sun was released in August 2005 and was published in USA by Publish America.

A UK publisher, Parapress Ltd brought out her book on yoga/ fitness, Body And Mind Sculpture in May 2003 and Times International of Singapore brought out a Singapore edition. Times International of Singapore also published a non-fiction book, Frog Under A Coconut Shell in August 2002. A chapter of the same book was published in a UK magazine Mslexia, a writing magazine for women, under the heading A Slice Of Life. A short story, Kosong, was published in the January 2001 issue of Silverkris, the inflight magazine of Singapore Airlines under the Singapore Writes column. Another short story Watercolour Dream was published by Worldwide Writers in an anthology in 1999. Rasa Singapura/ Taste of Singapore, a cookery book was self-published in March 1998. Josephine was one of the winners of the 1992 Ian St. James Awards for short stories. Her story, Tropical Fever was published by Harper Collins in an anthology called Blood, Sweat And Tears. The publicity from this award resulted in two Singapore publishers approaching Josephine and ending in them publishing her first novel called My Mother-In-Law’s Son and a collection of short stories called Isn’t Singapore Somewhere In China, Luv? Josephine has other short stories and articles published in various publications.

Josephine Chia
Location: London, UK
Website: www.josephinechia.com
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