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First Name Elizabeth
Last Name McLean
Member Since February 16, 2005
Pen Name
Branch Affiliation BC
Website http://www.elizabethmclean.ca
Twitter @SwallowsUncaged
Instagram elizabethmcleanart
Bio I am a writer and a visual artist. My first book, a collection of narratives dramatizing the lives of Vietnamese women from the 11th century to the present, won the 2011 Impress Prize for New Writers in the UK, and was published there in 2012. The Canadian edition, retitled "The Swallows Uncaged, A Narrative in Eight Panels" was published in 2015 by Freehand Books of Calgary. I am currently working on a novel inspired by the life of a rebellious Vietnamese woman who lived in the 1st century AD.
Publications 1.The Swallows Uncaged; A Narrative in Eight Panels, Freehand Books (Calgary, Alberta) 2015. (The Canadian title of Imagining Vietnam previously published in the U.K.). 306 pages. ISBN: 9781554 812646. 2. Imagining Vietnam, Impress Books Ltd. (Exeter, UK), 2012. (Winner of the 2011 Impress Prize for New Writers). 245 pages. ISBN: 978-1-907605-33-8. 3. (Consulting Editor for) Short Stories by Canadian Women Writers, (Truyện Ngắn Nữ Canada) Published in Vietnamese by the Women’s Publishing House, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2011. Canadian writers I selected for the book are: Caroline Adderson, Margaret Atwood, Sandra Birdsell, Sharon Butala, Joan Clark, Jessica Grant, Elizabeth Hay, Sheila Heti, Annabel Lyon, Lisa Moore, Saleema Nawaz, Gabrielle Roy, Madeleine Thien, Bronwen Wallace and Deborah Willis. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-604-56-0294-2. 4. Approximately two dozen book reviews, art reviews and feature stories written and published between 2006 and 2011 in three Vietnamese magazines in English: The Guide (Monthly supplement to Vietnam Economic Times), Time-Out, and Vietnam Heritage. Approximately 300-500 words each. 5. “A History of Hanoi in Three Scenes” and “The Birth, Life and Death of the Bao An Pagoda” in Strange Roots, Views of Hanoi, Hanoi Writers Collective, 2011. 3 pages in an 80 page book. 6. “On a Viet Mission,” a short story in Harvard Summer Review, Issue 16, Summer 2010. 5 pages 7. “Falmouth, Jamaica,” a short story in FreeFall Magazine, Vol. XVI, No., Spring 2006. 8 pages. ==
Other Memberships The Writers' Union of Canada Federation of B.C. Writers
Awards 2011 Impress Prize for New Writers in the UK for a collection of short stories entitled "Imagining Vietnam."
Contests 2019 Bridport Prize – shortlisted for a story "Ninety Five Percent." 2017 CAA Vancouver Branch Story Prize – Winner for a story "Guests Coming."
Genres Fiction, Scriptwriting, Speculative
Available For Readings, Presentations, Workshops, Book Club Meetings, Speaking Engagements
Services Offered Book Reviews, Editing, Freelance Writing