“Without” Book Launch at the Singapore Writers Festival 2018

Authors Cyril Wong and Michele Koh Morollo at the 2018 Singapore Writers Festival.

Poet and author Cyril Wong moderated my Singapore book launch for “Without: Stories of lack and longing” at the 2018 Singapore Writer’s Festival at The Arts House.

My mother, Lisa Koh, my husband Andrew Morollo, and my long-time friend Tania Wu read excerpts from my stories. I even surprised myself by pulling off half-decent Indian, New Zealand, and African accents while reading excerpts from the book’s eponymous story “Without”. 

You can watch a video of me talking about “Without” – a story about the conundrum of female friendships, and a video of me reading a few snippets from the story.

My mom Lisa doing a reading.
My husband Andrew doing a reading.

So glad I got the chance to share this special event with the people I love, including my dad, grandma, sister, Godma, aunts, and good friends Tania and Yvonne.

“Without” Book Launch Party in Hong Kong

IMG-1172Wednesday, 5 September, 2018. The book launch party for “Without: stories of lack and longing” was a blast!


The event saw a good turnout of close to 50 guests, and from the photos , it looks like everyone had a lovely time.

Photo on the right, from left: guests Bill Buggy, Dale Lockwood, Vanessa Ma, Stewart Mckay and Vickie Chan.

My anxieties about my book launch party were unfounded. The event, which was held at naked Hub@ New Street was huge success, thanks to amazing friends who showed up to support, and who made the party so much fun. Canapes from Delicious catering and drinks provided by naked Hub certainly helped everyone ease into the gathering.

Above, clockwise from left: guests Sean Macfarlane, Mehek Gidwani, Kayti Marr, Nicky Nadjithoma, greeter Dani Van De Brouke, Mark Thomson, Owen Schaefer, and Elsa Saavedra.

Above, clockwise from top: Sara Lineberger, Ema Buggy, Paul Corrigan, Vince Turcotte, Anita Edkins, Sarah Mowat and Carol Demaro, Boris Meyer, Dave Lore.

A big thank you to the night’s dazzling emcee Reena Bhojwani, dynamic greeters Dani Van De Broucke and Rachel Lim, and entertaining readers Anna Chiang, Richard Rimington, Saffron Marchant, and my husband Andrew Morollo.

IMG-1151Dani, smiling on the left, greeting guests Christine Yu and husband.

IMG-1329The lovely Rachel taking care of book sales.

IMG-1207Anna reading an excerpt from “Sounds Like”, a story about a self-sufficient and solitary sonographer who starts to resent her happily married neighbours.

IMG-1234Andrew reading an excerpt from “Global Warming”, a story about an encounter between an out of work Greek and a Jordanian academic that presents different perspectives on the European migrant crisis.

IMG-1247Reena reading an excerpt from “Summer Visitors”, a story about a young widow living in a high-rise building who starts talking to cockroaches.

IMG-1264Richard reading an excerpt from “For Better Thinking”, a story about an ambitious advertising man who turns to drugs to find the next big slogan.

IMG-1277Saffron reading an excerpt from “Guacamole”, a story about a self-satisfied wife who is disturbed by an interaction she observes between her husband and her best friend’s teenage daughter.

Three of the lucky draw “goodie bag”  winners, clockwise from top, Kevin Tang, Vanessa Ma, and  Sean Dinsmore.

Book sales at a special discounted price of HK$80, and book signing. Above, signing books for Lucy P. Jordan, Teresa Norton, Paul Panckhurst, Pieter B, and Gina Richter.

Above, clockwise from top: Vickie Chan, Sarah Mowat, Mark Thomsen, Emily Matchar, Chloe Gatrell, and Chris Dudgeon.

IMG-1301Guests mingling as the party wraps up!


“Without” – Book Launch Party: 5 September, 7:30pm

I’m releasing my new book “Without” on 5 September, and would like to invite you to a little launch party I’m having at naked Hub@New Street. There’ll be readings, drinks, canapes, and a lucky draw.  Please follow this link to RSVP.

Look forward to seeing you then!

Book Launch Party Invite

Here’s a little preview of the book:

What’s missing in your life? What keeps you up at night? What will make you happy? What will make you whole? These are the things that the stories in Without explore. 

       Lack, a companion to all, reveals itself in different ways in these fifteen tales, offering glimpses into how we live without the things we want, need, or think we ought to have. Through the eyes of characters from across the world, Without brings you into lives where contentment is just out of reach. 
      On the way to visit her grandfather’s grave, a young girl discovers the meaning of compassion. An encounter between two strangers on the Athens Metro reveals different takes on the migrant crisis. An unwelcomed visitor prompts a Canadian couple to reassess their life together. Noisy neighbours awaken a solitary sonographer’s denied desires. A high-flying advertising man in Hong Kong gives up more than he intended, for the next big slogan. Through encounters with the sea, a woman walks through her fears, and learns about loving and letting go. 
      Whether what’s missing is intangible – courage, liberty, imagination, or a new beginning, or something more substantial like a lover, a child, or a home, life is seen in different colours, for those without.

“Like Graham Swift’s ‘Last Orders’, Koh Morollo’s work offers a timely, heartfelt reminder that there is no such thing as an ordinary life. Stripping away the misleading and sometimes grubby veneer, she examines the lives of forgotten people, neglected souls navigating complicated, messy, unpredictable lives, often struggling to find the right path. ‘Without’ takes readers on that complex, emotional journey, guiding us through with wit, warmth and, most importantly of all, empathy.” – Neil Humpreys, author of Singapore best-seller Complete Notes from Singapore

“Short story lovers will find much to enjoy in these evocative tales. The settings are varied, but there’s a rich, consistent literary tone that makes it a great summer read.” – Nury Vittachi, journalist, and author of The Feng Shui Detective series.

“Transcending geographical boundaries, these stories cast deft and compassionate glances across swaths of emotional terrain, zooming in on relationships in deeply poignant ways.” – Cyril Wong, award-winning poet, and author of Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me and Other Stories

“These are stories I would have liked to write. Set in countries like Hong Kong, the UK, Canada and Greece, they sparkle with arresting characters, authentic dialogue, and accurate and evocative sense of place. An impressive debut.” – Robert Yeo, Southeast Asia literary pioneer, and author of The Adventures of Holden Heng

Books will be available for sale, but only cash payments will be accepted. 

Visit amazon.com/author/michelekohmorollo to find out more about my work.

Hong Kong Future Perfect – One City, Twenty Visions of What Is to Come


On 15 Decembmer, 2016, Hong Kong Writers Circle (HKWC) launched their 12th annual anthology – “Hong Kong Future Perfect” at the Art and Culture Outreach Bookshop near Causeway Bay.

The anthology features twenty short stories from Hong Kong and Hong Kong-based writers, who put to page their utopian and dystopian visions of the city.

Organised by Peter Humphreys, Elizabeth Solomon and members of HKWC, the launch party included drinks, readings by Steward C.McKay (Pearlania), Laura Ruggeri (Looting the Looters), Chris Maden (Twenty-Three), Edmund Price (Serenity), Reena Bhojwani (Arrangments), Owen Schaefer (In the Floating City), Joy Al-Sofi (Cold Comfort) and Michele K. Morollo (Liberty Exchange), along with a musical interlude with Hong Kong guitarist and vocalist PEACE.

The book will soon be available for purchase at Amazon.com, Paddyfield.com and various bookstores. In the meantime, do contact Michele at contact@michelekohmorollo.com if you wish to order a copy.

SCMP Review, 8 March, 2017


Event: How to Make it As a Freelancer, Wednesday 23 November, Hong Kong


Photo from General Assembly Website

Thinking of saying goodbye to 9 to 5, and becoming a freelancer? Come listen to freelancers discuss the ups and downs of their journey at General Assembly Hong Kong.


Wednesday, 23 November, 7-9pm

General Assembly Hong Kong, 19/F, the Hive, 23 Luard Road, Wan Chai
Hong Kong

Forum on Freelancing at General Assembly, Hong Kong