SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Book Launch for Sue Guiney's Out of the Ruins: A Novel of Cambodia

Sue Guiney
Sue Guiney

Date: 31 January 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 31 January 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Suite

Type of Event: Book Launch


Please join us for the first public launch of Sue Guiney’s novel, Out of the Ruins (Ward Wood Publishing, London). This is the much anticipated second novel in Guiney’s trilogy portraying life in modern-day, post Khmer Rouge Cambodia. Guiney will read excerpts from the novel against the backdrop of photographs taken by the children of the Siem Reap educational shelter, Anjali House. She will also discuss the Writing Workshop she founded there, and the relationship between arts education and social change programmes.

Through her fiction, Guiney brings the reality of modern Cambodian life to an audience in the West. The Bangkok Post has said, “Writer Sue Guiney finds beauty in the most desperate situations.” Of the first novel in the trilogy, A Clash of Innocents, the celebrated writer, Tania Hershman, has said, “this is a story that will grip you with its very real and flawed protagonists and fascinating setting. I read the book straight through, I was utterly absorbed.”

Speaker's Biography

Though born and raised in New York, Sue Guiney has lived in London for over twenty years where she writes and teaches fiction, poetry and plays.  Her work has appeared in important literary journals on both sides of the Atlantic. Her first book, published in 2006, is the text of her poetry play, Dreams of May, which was then updated into a second edition in 2013. Sue’s first full-length poetry collection, Her Life Collected, was published in 2011.

Sue’s first novel, Tangled Roots, was published in 2008 and is set in Moscow and Boston. But since 2010, much of her prose writing has centered around life in modern day Cambodia. She is now working on a trilogy of novels set there, the first of which was published in 2010 and is called A Clash of Innocents. The second novel in the series, Out of the Ruins, will be launched at SOAS in January 2014. Sue has founded a Writing Workshop for street children in Siem Reap, and now spends about two months each year teaching there. Her work in Cambodia has also led to her association with the SOAS Department of Southeast and South Asian Studies, first as Writer-in-Residence, and now as Guest Lecturer.

Sue received her Master’s degree in Classics from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1980. Her thesis was entitled Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis: From Innocence to Nobility. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 1977 with a BA in Classical Civilization.

Book Signing

Sue Guiney's novel will be available for purchase at the event. All proceeds will support the Cambodian Educational Shelter, Anjali House, where Sue teaches each year. 

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