Hong Kong Literature Festival
Writers, publishers and, well, anyone who has anything to do with books written in Chinese aren't about to let the Hong Kong International Literature Festival in October outshine them. Actually, to be honest the two festivals - easily confused, we know - are targeted at an almost completely different audience.
This one is aimed at readers of books in Chinese on, practically, a local level; the other one later in the year is an international (as well as local) affair aimed at readers of books which are in English. There is some crossover in both fests - but that's how we distinguish between the two.
Professor Yip Wai-Lim
To make their voices heard, the Hong Kong Public Libraries organisation is presenting this 9th Hong Kong Literature Festival between June 28 and July 15 with the aim of outdoing what they have effectively achieved over the past eight events. With the main purpose of promoting Chinese book reading and local literature, the festival stepped up its game last year - and, this time round, it promises to be bigger and better again. We expect an increase in the amount of people attending workshops like creative writing and group reading sessions during the festival as it continues to grow this year.
This year's exhibition theme is 'affection between the lines' and that is divided into five parts: 'journey through life', 'embrace our city', 'a traveller's heart, 'reflections on everyday life' and 'all about love', which will explore the city's literary sentiments using works from local writers. A large lineup of academic experts and writers like Professor Yip Wai-Lim, Leung Ping-kwan and Chan Sui-hung will take part in the fest.
So if you're a local literature lover and enjoy reading books written in Chinese, be sure to visit the festival and enjoy the workshops, talks, competitions and activities on offer. Oh, and did we mention it's free? We really should have done! For more details on the events and how to take part, visit www.hkpl.gov/9hklf.