With Chi, her cat on my lap — Part I: An interview-essay by Emilie Collyer in conversation with Chi Vu

Stop talking.
Oh my god.
You are still talking.
Listening in your cramped study.
To the conversation that took place in Chi’s light-filled office. When your fingers were wrapped around a mug of tea. Listening. Transcribing. Reading.
You take up the whole first page.
And then Chi appears, responding to what you are saying:


Part II will be published on Thursday.

Chi Vu is a writer and director whose works span genres such as the postcolonial gothic, horror, magic-realism and comedy. Her plays include Coloured Aliens, Vietnam: a Psychic Guide, The Dead Twin and A Story of Soil. Her prose works have appeared in various publications, and her novella Anguli Ma: a Gothic Tale was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. She teaches creative writing in Geelong (Victoria). Twitter: @chivuwriting

Emilie Collyer is a poet, playwright and researcher. Her most recent book is Do you have anything less domestic? (Vagabond Press 2022). She lives in Australia on unceded Wurundjeri Country. Twitter: @EmilieCollyer