Jingan Young 楊靜安 is a Hong Kong born award-winning writer. She holds a BA (Hons) in English with Film Studies from King’s College London and a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford (Kellogg College). In 2015 she undertook a PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London. This year she entered into the final writing up period for submission in 2019.
She was the first playwright commissioned and produced in the English language by the Hong Kong Arts Festival for FILTH (Failed in London, Try Hong Kong). She is a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant and the Michael Grandage Company Futures Grant. She was acknowledged for her screenwriting by the BBC and Idris Elba on the New Talent Hotlist 2017. She has several television projects in development and was shortlisted for the BBC’s Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME comedy screenwriters.
She is curator and editor of ‘Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writing from British East Asian Artists’, published by Oberon Books. It includes her own play I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce and a foreword by David Henry Hwang. It is the first British East Asian collection published in the UK. She has contributed chapters to several books on theatre (upcoming: “Scenes from a Revolution”, Pluto Books) and has worked as a co-editor on several projects (upcoming: book on abuse in arts with partner University Women in the Arts). She currently runs a series of writing workshops for UG students at King’s College London from November 2018 – 2019. In the autumn of 2018, she was put forward by Theatre503 for the Off West End Adopt a Playwright Award 2019.
She is founder and artistic director of POKFULAM RD PRODUCTIONS 薄扶林道© and for over five years produced new writing from East Asian writers in the UK and China. For this work, she was recognised by being shortlisted (1 out of 5 finalists) for the Women of the Future Awards 2018 in the Arts & Culture Category. She was the only nominee highly commended by the judges during the ceremony on November 14, 2018 at the Hilton Park Lane.
On December 1, 2019 she was announced as the winner in the poetry category at The Bi’an Awards 2019. Her poem ‘Plum Nest’ will be published in the June 2019 issue of Stand Magazine. She also won a place on the Arvon Writing Course in April 2019.