Art Futures

An Insider's Guide into the Hong Kong Art Scene


By Candice Lee

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival has announced recently the lineup for their upcoming 10 day festival of literary arts. From 5 to 14 October the festival will offer up a diverse programme with more than 50 events.

Writers from around the region such as Singapore, China, Myanmar, India and Sri Lanka as well as from the US, Ireland, England and Palestine will join the festival. Among the participants are award-winning authors, bestselling novelists and eminent poets.

Festival-goers can look forward to martini evenings with poetry and jazz, readings accompanied by rock music, film screenings, culinary talks and cooking demonstrations, as well as to getting careers advice.

The festival will also offer a platform for discussion about democracy, war and peace, politics, history and travel.

Some highlights of the 2012 programme:

Writers’ Symposium
A 2-day symposium that will feature local and emerging talent alongside established bestselling writers.

In Conversation With

  • Colm Tóibín, a multi-award winning novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet who was named as one of “Britain’s top 300 intellectuals” by The Observer, despite being Irish.
  • Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian medical doctor and founder of the “Daughters For Life Foundation”, in memory of his three daughters who were killed by Israeli tank fire during the Gaza War, and a 2010 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Katie Hafner, technology and society writer for The New York Times and Newsweek. She’s also the author of A Romance on Three Legs, the story of Glenn Gould’s obsession with a piano and The House at the Bridge.
  • Jeet Thayil, a self-confessed former drug addict, poet and musician whose book Narcopolis has been longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.
  • Pankaj Mishra, an award-winning literary and political essayist and fiction writer, whose latest book is From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia.

Readings and Performances by

  • Luka Lesson, the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion and Co-director of The Centre for Poetics and Justice based in Melbourne.
  • Simon Wu, a Hong Kong-born, London-based playwright who will read from A Wolf in the House. A Wolf in the House isan award-winning play in Hong Kong (in Chinese) and it was given a private reading at the Mu Performing Arts in Minneapolis, the third largest Asian-American theatre company in the United States in July 2011.
  • Mrs Moneypenny, the Financial Times’ columnist and author of Mrs Moneypenny’s Careers Advice for Ambitious Women.

Book Launches

  • Coast, a mono-titular anthology of works by over 50 Singapore writers from 3 generations, including eminent poet Edwin Thumboo and filmmaker Eric Khoo. Coast is edited by Wei Fen Lee and Daren Shiau, a novelist, poet, and editor who received a Singapore Literature Prize commendation award with his novel Heartland.
  • Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore by Sudhir Vadaketh, a commentator on economic and political issues in Asia who works with the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Knowledge is Pleasure: A Life of Florence Ayscough, a biography by Lindsay Shen, Associate Professor at Sino-BritishCollege, Shanghai and Honorary Editor for the Royal Asiatic Society China in Shanghai.

The Schools Programme
For students aged from 14 years onwards, the programme includes Meet-The-Author sessions.

Presenting authors include

  • John Boyne, author of the bestselling book, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and the newly published The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket.
  • Sally Gardner, an illustrator and bestselling author of I, Coriander and The Red Necklace, who suffers from severe dyslexia and didn’t learn how to read till she was 14.
  • Simon Armitage, a poet, playwright and novelist who is also the lead singer in the band The Scaremongers.
  • Wendy Law-Yone, a Burmese American writer of novels and short stories who left Burma as a stateless person when Burma was under the military regime. She will address Liberal Studies topics such as democracy and the freedom of speech.

This is a festival you don’t want to miss. Save the date 5-14 October !

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