Birkbeck Alumnus and Hub Contributor Kavita Jindal has won the Vintage Books/Foyle’s Haruki Murakami Short Story Competition, with a story set in Hong Kong.
She tells us about her inspiration for the story:
I lived in Hong Kong for thirteen years off and on between 1985 and 2004, although I have never been back since I returned to live in London. In this very short story (the limit was 1500 words) I had to start the story with a line chosen by Murakami. I went on to describe a day in the life of a young man in Hong Kong, Sze, who longs to travel and waits for a wondrous life to start. I drew inspiration for the story from all the things I loved and miss about Hong Kong – the beautiful views, the nature parks, the vibrancy and industriousness of the people, and most of all, the fabulous dragonflies! I also wanted to highlight the lack of living space for the majority of the people and how they adapt to such a lack of privacy in the home.
Follow this link to read Kavita's story.