Poppy Sebag-Montefiore lived in China for five years between 1999 and 2007. She worked in the BBC’s Beijing Bureau as a news producer and a culture and arts reporter. She then set up her own production company making documentaries about China for international broadcasters, and also worked as the China correspondent for Channel4 News. Poppy speaks and reads Mandarin fluently which she studied at Tsinghua University, Beijing. She currently teaches seminars on Modern Chinese Fiction at Kings College London and Kingston University. Since returning from China, Poppy has worked as a journalist and filmmaker across BBC News and Current Affairs. At Newsnight she focused on investigations into social issues in Britain. As a journalist Poppy often felt there was more to report than what the form of journalism would allow, and so she began work on a novel, Listeners. She was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship to study an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (2013-2014). Listeners is set in a fictional place - which does resemble, in many ways, the capital city of a certain emerging superpower.