Xie Hong is a novelist and poet. He was born in Canton and graduated from East China Normal University with an economics degree in Shanghai, before spending a long time in New Zealand where he studied in the English department of the Waikato Institute of Technology. He began writing poetry in 1985, but turned his attention to fiction in 1993. He has authored 15 books and his short stories have appeared in English magazines World Literature Today, Pathlight and Renditions. His first English novel Mao’s Town had been published in April 2018. He lives in Shenzhen.