Peggy Lampotang

Peggy Lampotang was born in Mauritius but now lives in Toronto, Canada. In addition to writing, Lampotang is an artist and photographer. Lampotang graduated from the Fashion Design program at Ryerson University. She studied creative writing at the University of Toronto, and studied photography with Philip Lim in Montreal.

Fiction

The Coral Heart: A Shopkeeper’s Journey

Trou d’eau Douce, Ile Maurice: Atelier d’écriture, 2014.
PS8623 .A4888 C67 2014

Publisher’s Synopsis

In 1911, impoverished Hakka Chinese immigrants arrive on the tropical island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Among the newcomers, a hungry child. The hard-working boy helps his father, a shopkeeper and surrenders his earnings to him according to Chinese tradition. While he serves the islanders, the young man ingeniously builds the business, negotiates his way through racial divisiveness, and falls in love. But his trust in the old system is put to test … This work of fiction unfolds during the overthrow of the Chinese Emperor, the rise of communism, the Japanese invasion of China, and the First and Second World Wars.

Poetry

Island Lovers: Poems and Images of Mauritius

Toronto: Design 51 Inc., 2016.
All photographs by Peggy Lampotang.
PS8623 .A4888 I86 2016

Synopsis (from Lampotang’s website)

Evocative poetry and photography that offer a unique perspective on the island of Mauriitus, its history, its people and its lush tropical landscape.

Links

Peggy Lampotang personal website