Rose Lu

Rose Lu Photo: Ebony Lamb Photography

Wellington writer and software developer Rose Lu draws on her experiences as the child of Chinese immigrants in small-town New Zealand in her debut essay collection All Who Live on Islands.

"In these poignant and insightful essays, [Lu] reveals the struggles of immigrants, the daily abuse they encounter and the wall of ignorance and indifference we erect between Kiwis and newcomers" — Steve Walker, Your Weekend

Rose Lu reads abridged essays from her collection All Who Live on Islands below.

Listen to Rose Lu's conversation with Jesse Mulligan here (2021)

Written, adapted and read by Rose Lu
Producer: Adam Macaulay
Studio engineer: Phil Benge

Rose Lu is a writer based in Wellington, New Zealand.

She gained her Masters of Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2018 and was awarded the Modern Letters Prize for Creative Nonfiction.

Her first essay collection, All Who Live on Islands was published to critical acclaim in 2019. Her undergraduate degree was in Mechatronics Engineering and she has worked as a software developer since 2012.

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Photo: Ebony Lamb Photography


All Who Live on Islands is published by Victoria University Press, Wellington

ISBN  9781776562893

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Photo: Cover: Sharon Lamb. VUW




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