Meet Rose Gan; Author of ‘Dragon’ & ‘Pearl’

Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia.

Meet Rose Gan, author of ‘Dragon’ & ‘Pearl’
Date: Thursday, 29 September 2022
Time: 6:30 PM
Speaker: Rose Gan
Moderator: Zoe Gan-Rankin
Venue: Heritage Centre, Badan Warisan Malaysia at No. 2 Jalan Stonor, Kuala Lumpur

RM30 per person (public/non-members) Payment can be made via cash during registration at the venue or via online transfer (non-refundable).
Free for BWM members.
To register, please email us at or call during office hours at 03-2144 9273.

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Badan Warisan Malaysia is pleased to welcome Rose and Zoe in person, following Rose’s webinar entitled ‘East Indiaman: The World of Francis Light’, that featured her first book, ‘Dragon’, which was part of BWM’s Talk Series, held on 3 November 2021.

Rose will present and share a talk about her latest book, ‘Pearl’ at BWM’s Heritage Centre. There will be book reading session and a book signing session by the author.

About the ‘Pearl’ by Rose Gan, Volume II of ‘Penang Chronicles’: Francis Light, the enigmatic Martinha, and the island of Penang

In this second volume of Penang Chronicles, the eponymous pearl, Martinha Rozells, embodies the diverse heritages of the Straits of Malacca in the 18th century. From her birth in Phuket to her childhood at the court of Kedah, we enter the fascinating world of a well-born woman of the Indies. Meanwhile her new husband, Francis Light, is still the dragon in search of his elusive pearl: a British settlement on the Straits of Malacca.

From the courts of Siam and Kedah, to capture by the French and Dutch, from the salons of Calcutta through gun-running in the Straits, Pearl takes the reader on an astonishing journey culminating in the attainment of a dream on the island of Penang.

“Rose Gan’s trilogy takes the reader on a masterfully compelling eighteenth-century birth-to-death journey alongside Francis Light. Vividly imagined scenarios interwoven with the threads of history are guaranteed to keep the reader fully engaged. Dragon, Pearl and Emporium set the benchmark for historical fiction of the region.” ~ Marcus Langdon, author of ‘Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India 1805–1830’.


British by birth, Rose Gan studied Ancient and Medieval History with Latin and Greek at University of Birmingham. Gan first arrived in Kuala Lumpur in 1978 and has been living and working between both UK and Southeast Asia ever since. Married to a Malaysian, and formerly a teacher of History, Latin and Classics, Gan was also Vice Chair for Museums of the Indonesian Heritage Society, a guide and docent in Museum National Indonesia, Jakarta, and Muzium Negara and the Textile Museum in KL. In addition to lecturing to cultural associations, Gan has been actively involved with museum publications in Malaysia and Indonesia, both as a writer and editor.