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Andrew Kwong

"A week of Professional Development in Varuna in June 2010 has illuminated my path to be a good writer. A two-week Varuna Writing Retreat Fellowship in February 2011 has confirmed in me the Varuna magic and her nurturing of emerging writers. I have published several short stories and have just completed a full-length work of non-fiction, Another Kind of Struggle. My day job is a hectic family physician. Writing gives me respite and peace."

Andrew is the author of Snake Business in an anthology, Fear Factor: Terror Incognito by Picador India, December 2009, and Picador Australia, March 2010, of Rose Petal Path, in an anthology, Alien Shores, by Brass Monkey Books, Hunter Publishers 2012. He has also published over 20 short stories in Medical Observer.

Among Andrew's writing awards are: Winner of The AMA Writing Competition 2014, Highly commended and finalist The AMA Writing Competition 2009, Varuna Publishers Award 2013 for Snake Business, Varuna Byron Bay Writers Festival Unpublished Manuscript Competition Finalist 2013, Varuna NSW Arts Council Writing Fellowship 2013, and Varuna Writing Fellowship 2011.