Shanghai Dancing

Brian Castro / Andrew Allport / Colin Dickey
Wednesday, May 6, at 8pm

  • Shanghai Dancing: naval slang for syphilis.
  • Shanghai Dancing: the attainment of disorientation and instability.
  • Shanghai Dancing: a fictional autobiography by Australian writer Brian Castro.

“Brian Castro plays with past and present in this complex, teasing, polyrhythmic, carnivalesque dance through phantom Shanghai.” — J.M. Coetzee

Combining photographs and written images, author Brian Castro’s fictional autobiography asks if life’s meaning is to be found in the moment or the memory. Kaya Press is thrilled to bring the work of one of Australia’s most acclaimed literary talents to the United States for the first time.


  • Poetry by Andrew Allport!
  • Stolen Heads by Colin Dickey!
  • “Special Musical Guests”?

Andrew Allport’s chapbook, The Ice Ship & Other Vessels, was published by Proem Press in 2008. His work has also appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Denver Quarterly, and The Antioch Review.

Colin Dickey is the author of the forthcoming Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius, due out this fall from Unbridled Books. His work has appeared in Cabinet, The Santa Monica Review, and TriQuarterly, among other places. He is the co-editor (with Nicole Antebi and Robby Herbst) of Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices.

Brian Castro was born in Hong Kong in 1950 of Portuguese, Chinese and English parents, and arrived in Australia in 1961. His novels include Birds of Passage (1983), which shared the Australian/Vogel Literary Award; Double-Wolf (1991), winner of the Age Fiction Prize and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction; After China (1992), which also won the Victorian Premier’s Award; and Stepper (1997), for which he received the National Book Council Banjo Award. His books have been translated into German and French. He currently resides in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne.