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YoYo (Liu Youhong) was born in western China, and first visited Australia and then New Zealand in 1988, when her husband, renowned poet Yang Lian, was invited there to read his poems. YoYo and Yang were in Auckland when the massacre in Tiananmen Square occurred on 4 June 1989 - a day that would change their lives. Following the news that two of Yang’s books had been banned in China, the couple began a life of exile, living first in Auckland, then Berlin, where YoYo staged two solo painting and installation exhibitions, then New York, Sydney and finally London. During her time in exile, YoYo held residencies at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and the Centro Civitella Ranieri. She gave readings at literary festivals and universities around the world.

Inspired by her years of travel, YoYo had begun writing essays and short stories, and in 1994 Humanscape: Ghost Speak, a selection of prose and essays, was published in Beijing. This was followed by two collections of short fiction, She Saw Two Moons (1995) and Wings of Desire (1999), and a novel, Ghost Tide (2001). After enjoying success in China and Taiwan, her work has been translated into other languages including German, English and Arabic.

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