We often don’t have time to try new recipes but recently, we got a new crockpot and have been playing with a whole range of different meals. Because of this new cooking pot, I decided to be more adventurous at the butcher and asked for some venison…
The cult of busy is not a good thing. You know – that sense of urgency and self-importance we can sometimes get when someone asks us how we are and we say in hurried, harried tones, “Oh, busy, really busy.” We equate busy-ness with significance and…
Thinking of happiness as a state to be achieved – and then maintained – is, I think, unhelpful. We cannot be happy all the time. If we were, we would either be mad, with our emotions out of kilter with reality, or that state itself would feel like stasis…
The bus taking me to work got stuck in traffic just a few stops from work. It was aggravating to be so close and still so far. Time was ticking on. I had got up early so that I could get to work early that morning. Grump. Groan. Huff. Puff. Fidget. I was…
There are some big moments that we cannot help but notice – and which we can enjoy celebrating as much as the little remarkable moments. On Chinese New Year Day, I met up with my publisher Matthew Smith of Urbane Publications at the Royal Festival Hall.…
There’s nothing like settling down on a cold winter’s night to some sex, drugs and classical music. Mozart in the Jungle is a brilliant and witty series on Amazon Instant Video portraying the fraught and often funny relationships in a dysfunctional…
- Author & Storyteller, 1995 - present
Yang-May Ooi is a bestselling author and highly-respected asset manager, successfully combining her City career and her creative interests for over 15 years.
Her creative work explores the power of personal narrative to inspire us and transform our lives. Her new online project StoryGuru.co.uk documents her ongoing creative inquiry into “What makes a rich and fulfilling life?”, bringing together stories, interviews, and essays. Yang-May will be speaking at TEDx Women in Covent Garden, London in Dec 2013, telling a personal story of transformation which is rich with universal themes.
Yang-May has published two thrillers with UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton. Her first novel The Flame Tree was bestseller in Malaysia, outranking Ken Follett.
Her business book was published by another top UK publisher, Kogan Page, International Communications Strategy (co-authored with Silvia Cambie) was nominated for FT Goldman Sachs Business Book Award.
Find out more on her Books page.Play
Fusion View, her arts and culture blog celebrating diversity and cross-cultural understanding, reached 10,000 unique monthly visitors and has been featured on the BBC.
The community blog Yang-May created for Dulwich Picture Gallery (ranked among the world’s 50 greatest art galleries by The Times), Dulwich OnView, won an international Best of the Web Award in the heritage sector.
She has also performed live on the London fringe at the cult storytelling club Spark London and taken part in improv comedy.Work
Her experience as a blogger led her to become one of the early social media specialists advising businesses on how to use blogging for PR. She has also provided career coaching to solo professionals, focusing on creativity, confidence and storytelling for self-empowerment. She has given presentations in the UK, Europe and Asia on writing and social media storytelling for business.
As an asset manager, Yang-May works in a social finance organisation where she is responsible for £3bn worth of security assets. Her work supports the funding of urban regeneration and the creation of affordable housing for those in need.Life
Yang-May has walked the South Downs Way, hiked the Grand Canyon and cycled the Pilgrim Route to Santiago de Compostella. She runs regularly, loves laughing with friends and exploring quirky parts of London. Her favourite pastime, though, is to loll in the sunshine doing absolutely nothing.
Yang-May lives in London with her partner, health blogger Angie Macdonald.Associations
Yang-May is a professionally trained Co-Active Coach and a member of the Association for Coaching, the Society for Storytelling and the Society of Authors.