Press Release: Foreign Encounters Anthology

The publication date for Writers Abroad’s new anthology, Foreign Encounters, is just days away. I’m really pleased to be a part of this project.   The press release is below. Here’s the gorgeous cover:

 Foreign Encounters


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Foreign Encounters: A New Anthology from Writers Abroad

Online writing group Writers Abroad are proud to announce the publication on Wednesday 24th October of their new anthology, entitled Foreign Encounters.

An encounter can be a chance meeting, a planned get-together or even a confrontation. This collection of stories, non-fiction articles and poems features a variety of foreign encounters: with family, friends, lovers, animals, cultures, or just with one’s own prejudices and preconceptions.

Foreign Encounters is the third anthology published by Writers Abroad, an online group of ex-pat writers.  All the contributors are, or have been, ex-pats living in places around the globe. Author Julia Gregson, a former ex-pat whose bestselling novel East of the Sun won the Prince Maurice Prize for romantic fiction, has written the foreword.

Following a call for submissions, Writers Abroad received 231 contributions of which they selected 95 for the anthology. They include 16 poems, 38 short stories and 41 non-fiction articles. Since Writers Abroad is a virtual writers’ group, all the work to produce Foreign Encounters has been done online.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Books Abroad, a charity which coordinates the donation of free books for schools throughout the world, believing that education is a crucial aspect of human progress. The charity celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has supplied over 1,600 schools with desperately-needed books.

Foreign Encounters will be available from Lulu, price €9.99 (approximately £8.00), from Wednesday 24th October, when this link will become live:

To find out more and for a complete list of contributions and authors, please go to the Writers Abroad website,

Notes for editors

  • Writers Abroad was founded in 2009. It provides an online forum for ex-pat writers to exchange ideas, views and news on writing and to offer support and constructive feedback on each other’s work. Membership numbers are limited but ex-pat writers may apply to join if they are able to support the group’s initiatives and aims.
  • For more about author Julia Gregson, see
  • For more about Books Abroad, see
  • Contributors live in, and have written about, more than 50 countries in every continent.

About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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3 Responses to Press Release: Foreign Encounters Anthology

  1. Berit says:

    Congratulations on being included in this anthology!

    It looks like a very international and exciting project! Hope it will meet great success!

  2. Hi Chris
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I enjoyed your story in the anthology and look forward to reading more of your writing.
    Best wishes Moira

    • chris says:

      Thanks Moira! Looking forward to reading more of yours too. Food is one of my favourite topics. Love the tagline on your blog: “Every dish tells a story.” How true.

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