About Yang-May Ooi, “StoryGuru”
Yang-May Ooi is a bestselling author, award-winning TEDx speaker and acclaimed story performer of Chinese-Malaysian heritage, now living in London.
Her first novel The Flame Tree topped the Malaysian bestseller charts and was closely followed by Mindgame, possibly the first – and only – Malaysian lesbian thriller (both published by Hodder & Stoughton, now re-issued by Monsoon). She is the co-author of International Communications Strategy, which was nominated for the FT Goldman Sachs Book Award. Her TEDx talk Rebel Heart: How Small Acts of Rebellion Can Create Powerful Change was described as “electrifying” and “one of the best and most moving talks at a TEDx event”.
Yang-May’s unconventional memoir Bound Feet Blues – A Life Told in Shoes (published by Urbane Publications in Nov 2015) tells the stories behind the story of her solo theatre piece of the same name. The book’s publication will coincide with the return of Yang-May’s solo story performance to London’s West End for the three week run in Nov/ Dec 2015. Bound Feet Blues, the story performance, has been described by reviewers as “powerful”, “engaging, eye-opening, funny and moving” and “beautifully performed and directed”. Find out more at www.BoundFeetBlues.co.uk
She is a member of the Society of Authors, the Society for Storytelling, the Pan Asian Women’s Association and, as a professionally trained (Coaches Training Institute – CTI) coach, a member of the Association for Coaching. Yang-May lives in London with her partner, health blogger Angie Macdonald.
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Beyond life as a creative artist, Yang-May work part-time as an asset manager in a social finance organisation where her work supports the funding of urban regeneration and affordable housing.
She has walked the South Downs Way, hiked the Grand Canyon and cycled the Pilgrim Route to Santiago de Compostella. She loves running (very slowly!), laughing with friends and exploring quirky parts of London. Her favourite pastime, though, is to loll in the sunshine doing absolutely nothing.