My name is Yang-May Ooi. I’m a writer, speaker and creative actionista.

Welcome to Tiger Spirit UK, my online “studio” for exploring creativity in all its forms.

For me, the Tiger Spirit is the creative spirit that lives inside each of us. It is a wild and unstoppable force of nature. Our creativity is that untamed energy prowling inside us, ready to spring into action and transform our world. If only we allow ourselves to set it free…

The Tiger Spirit is a shape-shifting spirit, like the animal faeries of folk lore. Its creative energy can take the form of words and text, visual imagery, performance and music. But it isn’t limited to the arts. The creativity of our inner tigers can also manifest in enterprises, products and projects that create change – whether in society, culture or in individual lives.

I like to call myself a “creative actionista” because that is someone who collaborates with creativity, the Tiger Spirit,  and enables it to spring into action. 

Check out the Tiger Spirit Blog. You’ll find multi-media posts which I hope may inspire, provoke and challenge your creativity. It also acts as my online artist’s “studio” where I develop my current projects.

If you are looking to get your creativity out there and noticed, I offer bespoke training and coaching for:

  • Transforming your creativity into action
  • Public speaking, TEDx talks, personal presence and confidence
  • Video blogging and Audio podcasting skills, including presenting, equipment handling and postproduction

I also work with arts and culture projects and non-profits as a Multi-Media Blogger and Ambassador to help them spread the word about what they do, through:

  • Creating engaging multi-media content
  • Developing and actioning an authentic social media strategy
  • Delivering inspiring talks and presentations

Have a nosey round  Tiger Spirit Blog – it’s a good way to get to know me better. Or simply get in touch via the Contact page. I’d love to hear from you.

Yang-May Ooi
Writer, Speaker and Creative Actionista

My life at a glance

Current happy place

Dulwich, London, with my partner, health blogger Angie Macdonald.


Kuala Lumpur


Roedean and St Hilda’s, Oxford


Stage One
Solicitor with top UK law firms

Stage Two
Writer, Speaker and Performer
Public Speaking Coach
Multi-Media Creative
Video & Audio Blogging Trainer


Bound Feet Blues

Novels & Creative Projects
The Flame Tree
Mind Game
ReWilding My Life
John Thomson Exhibition Blogger
PAWA Magazine Editor


Award winning speaker
TEDx talk – Rebel Heart
Oxford Literary Festival
International Women’s Day
South East Asian Arts Festival
BBC- Midweek, London, Oxford, World Service


Acclaimed production as writer and performer
Bound Feet Blues (Tristan Bates Theatre)

Fusion View podcast
Creative Conversations podcast
South London Voices podcast


The Society of Authors
The Pan Asian Women’s Association
The Anglo Asiatic Arts & Heritage Alliance
Tamasha Developing Artists