4 January 2009

SHOWCASE: Rosaline Ting

Rosaline Ting was born in Singapore and migrated to England in 1980. While practising as a Chartered Surveyor, she wrote short stories and articles for hobby. Many were published in Her World and Female magazines; and one short story ‘Mrs. Tang’s Rat Race’ was published in SINGA: Literature & The Arts in Singapore, and also in an UK Literary magazine, Jennings. ‘The Tide Turns’ was short-listed by FISH Publishing and ‘Love in May’ won a third prize in short story writing competitions in the UK. Then for fifteen years she stopped creative writing, picking it up again in 2003 by attending adult education courses at Citylit.

In November 2005 she joined Yellow Ink Writers’ Group and started playwriting. (Unfortunately, this East Asian writers’ group was dissolved in 2007.) At a workshop she wrote the first six lines of dialogue for ‘Journeys’ and completed the play for a work-in-progress performance in February 2007 at Wimbledon Studio, South London. A year later, she received funding from Arts Council England to further develop the script and a staged reading was presented at Tara Studio, South London, in July 2008.

In ‘Journeys’ Rosaline writes passionately about Chinese people, celebrating the spirit of survival in women and the friendship between them, and how in their twilight years, like fallen leaves, they return to their ancestral roots.

Rosaline won the prestigious 2006/7 Playgrounding competition by Polka Theatre (Children) for their Playgrounding Festival in April 2007. Her play ‘A Girl Named Shining Brightly’ for 9 years-old upwards was performed with script-in-hand. Later that year, she was selected for an educational project at Stranmillis University College, Belfast. After script development, her professional creative team read the play in the College theatre. Furthermore, she was selected by EAST (funded by Arts Council of England) for a showcase at Soho Theatre, Central London on 11 June 2008.

On the strength of her idea for ‘The Sun is Setting’ she was short-listed in August 2007 by The Script Factory and BBC Radio 4 for a drama masterclass. In November 2007 her idea for ‘Yellow Boat to China’ was short-listed for Yellow Voices Writers’ Scheme. Rosaline was awarded bursaries to attend a week’s residential course at the Arvon Foundation on ‘Naturalism and the Theatre’ in July 2008 and on ‘Playwriting for Radio & Stage’ at the Ty Newydd Centre in Wales in August 2008.

Also, in the summer of 2008, she was chosen by The Literary Consultancy (funded by the Arts Council) for a free mentoring place to write her first novel (with a working title: A Disappearing Woman). She has just finished the first draft of her manuscript.

Name: Rosaline Ting
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