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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 doctoral thesis on Thom Gunn at the University of York. As well as being a published poet, he also writes fiction. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize for 'Duty Free' and the TLS Mick Imlah Poetry Prize.

In 2018 he won a Northern Writers' Award for Diamond Hill, a novel-in-progress portraying a deprived community in the last shanty town in Hong Kong being pushed to the point of collapse by property developers, Buddhist nuns, and the Triad during the dramatic period of accelerated development of the 1980s before the handover of the city from Britain to China in 1997.

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.

He reviews regularly for The Poetry Review. As his poetry moves between Hong Kong and European cultural histories, he moves amphibiously between poetry and narrative fiction. He lives in York and works in the Hull York Medical School.