Summer is usually a quiet time for the HKWC as the anthology editors gather in the final drafts and many people disappear for the season (really - some people disappear for the whole season!) For now, some little things to mention:
1) Anthology contributors - final draft deadline is 31 August - don't miss it, whatever you do!
2) Our PO Box address has changed to one in Kowloon, which saves me quite a bit of legwork. Please note that you absolutely must address it as shown - you can't put a name at the top of the address because (apparently) they're cracking down on multiple users of PO Boxes. Who knew, eh?! The address is:
Hong Kong Writers' Circle
PO Box 70793
Kowloon Central Post Office
3) Our wonderful secretary Michele has a book launch in September - details on the website front page. If you have or know of any other events, just let me know at the usual email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
4) New podcast should be coming soon - all about MFAs...
Reena Bhojwani discusses young adult fiction with Natalie Murray, Jordan Rivet and Anjali Mittal, both writing and publishing. Check it out here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/hongkongpodcast/037-hkwcpodcast-episode037-yanovels.mp3
If anyone had any residual doubts about science fiction’s being a serious subject, they would have been dispelled by the slick professionalism of the event and the quality of the speakers. Held at Hong Kong’s Conrad Hotel, the packed audience speakers included academics, scientists, editors, film makers and, of course, authors. Topics ranged from a history of science fiction to challenges faced in publication, from the search for alien life to genetic engineering and, of course, included a number of authors talking about their work and their writing process as well as editors and film makers. Interestingly, there were also sessions on the financial aspects of science fiction, including sessions lead by investors.
Highlights included author Allen Steele’s talk on the history of science fiction, providing an important understanding of science fiction’s journey from the fringes to the mainstream, MIT Media Lab’s Lisa Nip presentation about inorganic human augmentation as a means of adapting the human for long distance space travel and life on alien planets and the SETI institute’s Seth Shostak’s lively talk on the search for extra-terrestrial life.
A fantastic event for Sci-Fi readers, writers and the merely curious and one that has a firm place in Hong Kong’s literary scene. I’ll be back for next year’s event.
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Samuel Ferrer introduces his novel The Last Gods of Indochine, and gives a masterclass on editing a novel for publication.
Come along on 29 January at Culture Club (15 Elgin Street)
This month, join your fellow Writers Circle members to discuss where we've been and decide where we're heading.
The AGM is a great opportunity to share any ideas you might have on the future of the HKWC, or if you would like to get more involved in socials, critique groups, the anthology or simply the Writers Circle in general.
Following that, there will be a chance to have a drink and break in the New Year with fellow writing friends. Things will get going from 7pm, and if you are planning to attend do let us know on MeetUp below We hope to see you there!
Meetup Link: https://www.meetup.com/Hong-Kong-Writers-Social-Meetup/events/246743809/
YouTube directions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjwLcuvf_I4
HKWC chairman SCC Overton interviewed Rukhsana Yasmin of Wasafiri magazine at the British Council. Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL1Ruvq4dEs
HOW DO HOURS DEFINE US? Our finest hour, our hour of need, an eleventh hour decision.... Moments of pride and desolation are defined by this unit of time, which in itself is just sixty minutes – one of which is enough time to miss that bus, and fifteen of which will be our lifetime’s allowance of fame.... But when collected in bundles of twenty-four, these hours grow to mark the passing of a day: a rainy day, a red-letter day, or a cold one in hell. For a city like Hong Kong, renowned for its unrelenting pace and fleeting interactions, an hour seems like a fitting unit of time from which to start a collection of stories. Each hour is different, as market traders give way to commuters and school children, who give way to shoppers, diners, clubbers, and – of course – denizens of the night. Behind every narrow sub-divided window, on the first and last MTR departures of the day, below underpasses in Causeway Bay, lives are being lived. Twenty-four hours give twenty-four points of entry into the stories, characters and themes that define our city.
13 July - Xu Xi presents her latest book in Penguin's Hong Kong Series Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy For A City at The Asia Society. Reception at 6:30 pm. Talk & reading at 7 pm.
19-25 July - Hong Kong Book Fair 2017 - lots of events, including events the HKWC is helping to promote with the British Council (via the podcast). See this link for details.
25 July - A poetry night with Sophie Hannah - co-organised by the British Council and the HKWC, and hosted by our very own SCC Overton. Info and registration here.
1 June - Our friends at Blacksmith Books are holding a book talk with Syd Goldsmith, hosted by our friends at Bookazine!
2 June - Deadline for applications to take part in the Authors At Large retreats with Xu Xi.
28 June - Hong Kong International Literary Festival presents Neville Sarony’s Devlin’s Chakra:
Book Launch. 7.00pm - 8.30pm Visual Arts Centre Lecture Theatre, 4/F 7a Kennedy Road Tickets: $125. https://www.ticketflap.com/neville-sarony