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Zhui Ning Chang (she/they) is a Malaysian editor, writer, researcher, educator, and theatre maker based in London, UK.

Her work often explores narratives and languages of resistance, solidarity, and liberation. She is especially interested in topics related to decolonial histories, migration and diaspora, oceanic exchanges, and speculative futures.

Currently, Zhui Ning is pursuing a PhD in contemporary Southeast Asian speculative fiction at Birkbeck, University of London, supported by AHRC CHASE.

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Editing and Publishing

As an editor, Zhui Ning specialises in speculative fiction (fantasy and science fiction), historical fiction, creative nonfiction, and Chinese-English translations.


Zhui Ning currently serves as Editor-in-Chief at Ignyte-winning, Hugo-nominated khōréō magazine. She co-edited the anthology Best of Malaysian Short Fiction in English 2010-2020 (Malaysian Writers Society) and was an assistant editor on SFWA's Publishing Taught Me series with Nisi Shawl. Zhui Ning also works extensively as a sensitivity reader and cultural consultant, supporting authors, screenwriters, game designers, and publishers to design and review texts.

Zhui Ning's writing for stage includes new musicals Seashore Yuanfen and Asian Pirate Musical. Her short fiction has been published by Tabung Pelangi; her reviews and essays have been published by Fantasy/Animation, The BSFA Review, Library Journal, Strange Horizons, and more.

Theatre and Performance

Zhui Ning is an award-winning theatre director, librettist, and producer. She creates across form and genre, with experience in new plays, music theatre, devising, and audio drama. Zhui Ning is the Connections Producer at Global Voices Theatre and a member of Emergency Academy, an international artist laboratory to nurture the cultural leaders of tomorrow. She reads for the Royal Court and has taught workshops at Flux Theatre, Foreign Affairs, Young Vic, RYTDS, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Zhui Ning trained on Tamasha Theatre's Director Programme with Sita Thomas. She holds an MA Text and Performance from Birkbeck and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and a BA (Hons) Liberal Arts with a major in Comparative Literature from King's College London.

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