The Matterhorn: truth in fiction
The Matterhorn with Dr. Kathleen Waller
Framing Fiction | Episode 27

Framing Fiction | Episode 27

How to use frames and titles to amplify stories [+ HK topography]
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Tai Tam, Hong Kong (photo by the author)
Each week on The Matterhorn podcast, I discuss a way to layer fictions and discover the nuances of truth, using my novel as a catalyst but looking at other works of fiction as well as theory and interdisciplinary ideas. Each week, I also spend a little time on places & spaces, as part of a continued discourse on these ideas.
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See the Table of Contents below for a preview of this season:

A full transcript can be accessed on the web version.

*Transcripts are generated after recording by Substack AI with minor edits — they are still working on allowing changes to paragraphing and bold / quotes / etc.


  • Frames and titles in the arts

  • Parergon, Passe-Partout

  • Openings

  • Leung Ping-Kwan poems - “Thinking of Vincent at Van Gogh’s Exhibition” & “Midday, Quarry Bay” - with thanks from PK’s wife for copyright permission for reading both the English version on the podcast and these Cantonese versions from Jacqueline Leung (a HK pianist whom I interviewed earlier in the year):

    Van Gogh


    Quarry Bay - i & ii

  • My first fiction post from Saturday - A Hong Kong Story

  • Literary examples

  • Spaces & Places focus: Hong Kong topography


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The Matterhorn: truth in fiction
The Matterhorn with Dr. Kathleen Waller
The Matterhorn is for writers and curious minds from author and academic Dr. Kathleen Waller.
Each week in this new season, Kathleen shares a chapter of her serialized novels - A Hong Kong Story & An Interpreter in Vienna - and uses it as a catalyst to discuss the layers of literature and how you can use these in your own writing.
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