The Matterhorn: truth in fiction
The Matterhorn with Dr. Kathleen Waller
Multilingual Fictions | Episode 31

Multilingual Fictions | Episode 31

How to layer fiction with multilingualism and language choices [+ Quarry Bay, Hong Kong]
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“Monster Building” in Quarry Bay (Yik Cheong Building) Photo by Sead Dedić on Unsplash
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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Today’s episode links to “Part I: Quarry Bay, ii” in A Hong Kong Story.

A full transcript can be accessed on the desktop web version.


  • Language as Cultural, Political, Practical (Economical)…Choice

  • Mother Tongues and education

  • Toward a Minor Literature (major/minor literature and language - minor literature as political)

  • Prague / Basel / India / Hong Kong (feel free to share your local context)

  • Englishes

  • Multilingualism for Writers (see article below)

  • Place & Space focus - Quarry Bay, Hong Kong / urban areas outside of center


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The Matterhorn with Dr. Kathleen Waller
The Matterhorn is for writers and curious minds from author and academic Dr. Kathleen Waller.
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