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Kit Fan

Kit Fan was born in Hong Kong and moved to the UK at the age of 21. He studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before completing a PhD on Thom Gunn at the University of York.

As well as being a published poet, he also writes fiction. In 2017 and 2018 he was shortlisted for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize for ‘Duty Free‘ and ‘City of Culture’.  He was shortlisted for the TLS Mick Imlah Poetry Prize 2017.

In 2018 he won a Northern Writers’ Award for Diamond Hill, a novel-in-progress set in 1997, portraying the struggles of a deprived community in the last shanty town in Hong Kong during the handover from Britain to China.

His first book of poems Paper Scissors Stone won the inaugural HKU International Poetry Prize in 2011 and his translation of Classical Chinese poetry won one of the Times Stephen Spender Prizes in 2006.  His second book of poems As Slow As Possible was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2018.

He lives in York and works in the Hull York Medical School.

www.kitfan.net

Agent Name: Matthew Turner