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The square is also the site of Birmingham's Town Hall, and several public works of art, including the Iron Man and the 'Floozie in the Jacuzzi'.

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Tina Freeth

10 Questions for Tina Freeth

Tina Freeth

Tina Freeth, a British Chinese writer from Birmingham began writing in 2006 when she wrote her first piece of creative non-fiction - ‘Growing Up On Lard’ as a sample for a Birmingham Libraries creative writing mentoring project.


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Growing Up on Lard

The story about Tina’s upbringing as an adopted Chinese daughter opened many doors for her, assisting her in qualifying for a place on the diploma course sponsored by the National Academy of Writing. Her ‘Lard’ story was recently chosen as one of fourteen stories featured in the third Decibel Penguin anthology – The Map of Me: True Tales of Mixed Heritage Experience.



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'Lychees and Bingo Balls’

Tina wrote 'Lychees and Bingo Balls' for the Birmingham Libraries anthology Original Skin - a humorous short story about a Chinese grandmother who arrives from Hong Kong to live in a sleepy English village with her son’s family. The British Chinese experience is explored in ‘Lychees and Bingo Balls’ where cultural, generational and language differences form the main part of the narrative. Tina went on to adapt ‘Lychees’ into a short film screenplay which won the BBC Writersroom competition BBC Bites. She also wrote a short play called The Seal Maker’s Son which won the SCRIPT Beijing Map Games competition and was performed at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2008.


Tina Freeth as Guan Yin

Tina Freeth as Guan Yin

Tina is a versatile writer who is at home writing prose fiction as she is writing scripts. Her latest project involves writing for a new children’s series called The Crew. The series will be published by leading educational publishers Franklin Watts in the summer of 2009. Tina is currently working on her memoir about growing up a Chinese Brummie.


As well as writing, Tina is a storyteller who loves transform into Chinese Goddess Guan Yin relaying Chinese myths and legends to young audiences.



What others say about Tina and her work …


‘An imaginative young writer. An exciting new entrant to the literary scene.’

Barry Turner, (author, journalist and editor of The Writers Handbook).


'Tina Freeth writes short stories, dramas and screenplays, and is extremely versatile in her approach. Above all, she is a fine storyteller, crafting dramatic incidents that tell us something fresh and new about the bricolage of life swirling seamlessly around us.' -

Professor Roger Shannon, (Film Producer)


'Tina's writing is exuberant and funny. She has a fresh, exciting voice and, given her enthusiasm and enterprise, it's no surprise there's so much interest in her work.'-

Nicola Monaghan, (Writer and First National Academy of Writing Fellow).


For more information on local writers please contact Nikki Bi via nikki.bi@birmingham.gov.uk.

For more information or to contact Tina please go to: www.tinafreeth.com


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