‘The Boy who Loved Bubbles,’ Imprint13. Hong Kong

My first short story to be published in a book was in the annual anthology ‘Imprint13’ through Women in Publishing in Hong Kong.

I jumped at the chance to attend the book launch and shared a room with my friend and poet Elizabeth who was also published.

I had written a short story ‘The Boy who Loved Bubbles’ based on my work at Tiny Toones Cambodia. It is the true story of a little boy ‘Bou’ who came from a family of such extreme property that his body odour sent me in to shock. It is a terrifying real story but did have a gloriously happy ending … of bubbles. The Hong Kong Women in Publishing Association loved my story and chose to include it in their anthology and invited me over to the book launch.

You can read The Boy who Loved Bubbles here.

Elizabeth and I were very civilised; shook hands with everyone, gave and received congratulations, posed for photos and drank a glass of wine or two…

but I believe some late night food was had 🙂

Read the short story here…

‘The Boy who Loved Bubble’ by Romi Grossberg.

Street Walls

WuPP #10, 2013

“… Introducing Cambodia’s first dynamic duo street artists, Pear Tarr and Lisa Mam…”

Em Riem, from reality to abstraction

WuPP #09, 2013

“… Growing up in the province tending to his family cows and hunting for frogs, Em Riem, a child survivor of the Khmer Rouge never knew what art was…”

You’ve got Talent Cambodia

WuPP #5, 2013

“… I have been on this path, this yellow brick road for such a long time , and now I am right where I am meant to be…”

‘Healing through Hip Hop in the Slums of Phnom Penh,’ Rupkatha Journal

Healing through Hip Hop in the Slums of Phnom Penh’, Rupkatha Journal, Special issue on Performance Studies, 2013

​”Local non-government organisation ‘Tiny Toones’ is the first and only of its kind in Cambodia, to use hip hop to engage with, and empower the most disadvantaged children and youth in Phnom Penh. Working with young people from backgrounds of drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, gang life, family violence and extreme poverty, it offers creative arts alongside education and life skills….”

Read Article: Healing through Hip Hope in the Slums of Phnom Penh

‘Rock, Paper, Scissors,’ Travel essay competition Top 20

I Must Be Off! Travel Essay competition, 2013

“… I look in to the street and see there are beggars everywhere, from five year-olds to this ancient looking woman I just encountered. They all look sad, with the same vacant look in their eyes. As I am watching a little barefoot girl in tattered clothes being shooed away by the expats next door, I am startled by a young boy that approaches my table….”

My first ever story writing competition, and I made the top 20 list.

Read it here: Rock, Paper, Scissors

Kosal Khiev; Words through the Walls

WuPP #5, 2013

“… I have been on this path, this yellow brick road for such a long time , and now I am right where I am meant to be…” 

The Cambodian Women Entrepenuer Association

WuPP #8, 2013

“… CWEA’s mission is to encourage and support the growth of women-owned businesses in Cambodia…”

Yab Moung; The First Khmer Alternative Music’s Label

Wupp #7, 2013

“… Times have been tough though in recent months for Soma. In October the King’s father died and shortly after she was publicly criticised for a controversial column in The Post…”

Soma Norodom, The Rebel Princess

WuPP #7, 2013

“… Introducing Cambodia’s first dynamic duo street artists, Pear Tarr and Lisa Mam…”