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Josephine Chia is a Peranakan Chinese who was born and raised in Kampong
Potong Pasir, Singapore, in the 1950s during the colonial era. Josephine is proud of
her culture and heritage and loves to wear her sarong kebaya. She is mesmerized
by stories and enjoys the dreamtime of writing. She has lived in UK for more than
thirty years but had returned home to live at the end of 2012. Josephine writes in
English, in both fiction and non-fiction and has published twelve books.
Josephine has won literary prizes and awards both in UK and Singapore. Kampong
Spirit: Gotong Royong, Life in Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965, won the Singapore
Literature Prize for Non-Fiction in November 2014.
She has a BA Honours in Philosophy from Singapore University and an MA in
Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, UK. She is a member of UK’s Society of
Authors and Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ), and has served on
the National Council of UK SWWJ to promote writing in UK.