- NICK HOLDSTOCK
In 1997 a small town in a remote part of China was shaken by violent protests that led to the imposition of martial law. Some said it was a peaceful demonstration that was brutally suppressed by the government; others that it was an act of terrorism. When Nick Holdstock arrived in 2001, the town was still bitterly divided. The main resentment was between the Uighurs (an ethnic minority in the region) and the Han (the ethnic majority in China). While living in Xinjiang, Holdstock was confronted with the political, economic and religious sources of conflict between these different communities, which would later result in the terrible violence of July 2009, when hundreds died in further riots in the region. The Tree that Bleeds is a book about what happens when people stop believing their government will listen.
About the Author:
NICK HOLDSTOCK spent three and half years in China as a Voluntary Service Overseas teacher. Since returning he has had numerous articles published in publications such as Edinburgh Review and the London Review of Books. He was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Grant to return to China in March 2010 to evaluate how the riots in Xinjiang last summer and autumn have affected people's lives. Nick Holdstock has contributed to a number of anthologies, including Stolen Stories, ISBN 9780955645617; The Golden Hour Book, ISBN 9780955645600 and Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 3, ISBN 9780977852635.