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Univ. of Hong Kong

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Leisure and Cultural Services Dept.

Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology

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  British Council
  Consulates General
  Hong Kong of
  - USA
  - Australia
  - New Zealand
  Times Publishing



11 May 2001 - 16:00 - 17:00 / K.K. Leung Building, University of Hong Kong

Media Conference

Media, participants and sponsors only

11 May 2001 - 17:00 - / University of Hong Kong

Opening Reception

Welcoming address by University of Hong Kong Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Davies. (By invitation.)


12 May 2001 - 09:00 - 10:30 / Star Alliance Theatre, The Fringe Club

Asian Voices

Poets and writers read excerpts from their latest work and discuss their writing process. Q&A moderated by Dino Mahoney.

Panel: Gail Tsukiyama (USA), P.K. Leung (poet and author of new festival launch title, Traveling with a Bitter Melon), Jose Wendell P Capili (Philippines), Krip Yusson (writer, Philippines), Xu Xi (Hong Kong author of new festival launch title, History's Fiction)


12 May 2001 - 11.00 - 13.00 / Star Alliance Theatre, The Fringe Club

Get Published!

Discussion and Q & A with some of Asia's foremost publishers of creative writing in English, about how to get published in Asia, and whether it is worth publishing in Asia if writers seek an international readership.

Panel discussion to include Mike Morrow (Asia 2000), Colin Day (HK University Press), Nury Vittachi (Chameleon Press)

12 May 2001 - 11:00 - 13:00 / Lycos Asia Theatre, The Fringe Club

Emerging Authors

Panel: Leong Liew Geok (Singapore), Marra Lanot (Philippines), Nadine Sarreal (writer, Singapore), Nury Vittachi (writer, Hong Kong).
Moderator: Kee Thuan Chye


12 May 2001 - 14:00 - 15:00 / Lycos Asia Theatre, The Fringe Club

A Conversation with Timothy Mo

Booker Prize nominee, Timothy Mo, has been credited as Hong Kong’s greatest living novelist. His award winning books include: "The Monkey King", "Sour Sweet", "An Insular Possession", "The Redundancy of Courage", "Brownout on Breadfruit Boulevard", and Renegade or Halo2".

Moderated by Nury Vittachi

12 May 2001 - 15:00 - 15:15 /


12 May 2001 - 15:15 - 16:45 / Star Alliance Theatre, The Fringe Club

Asian Authors Around the World

Writers sponsored by foreign governments share their work and talk about the process of writing and what inspires them.

Panel: Shawn Wong (USA), Hsu Ming Teo (Australia), Atima Srivastava (Britain), Goh Poh Seng (Canada), Lynda Chanwai-Earle (New Zealand). Moderator: Alex Kuo


12 May 2001 - 17:00 - 18:30 / Star Alliance Theatre, The Fringe Club

International Voices

Panel: Romesh Gunesekera (Britian), Lau Siew Mei (Australia), Kirpal Singh (Singapore) and Robert Abel. Q&A moderated by Jane Camens

12 May 2001 - 18:30 - 20:00 / The Rehearsal Room, The Fringe Club

RELEASE! Reception & Booksigning

Meet the authors, see their new books and have your copy signed. Some of the titles to be launched include:

Lipstick and Other Stories by Alex Kuo
Water Wood Pure Splendour by Agnes Lam
Joss and Gold by Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Dances with White Clouds by Goh Poh Seng
Traveling with a Bitter Melon by P.K. Leung
History's Fiction by Xu Xi
Monologues by Kirpal Singh

This event is sponsored by Dymocks


13 May 2001 - 10:30 - 12:30 / Star Alliance Theatre, The Fringe Club

Writing Away From Home

Writers will read from their latest works and discuss writing as an expatriate.

Shirley Geok-lin Lim, is Malaysian by birth and resident in Hong Kong. She is an acclaimed author whose books include Life's Mysteries: The Best of Shirley Lim, and Among the White Moonfaces: Memoirs of a Nyonya Feminist.

Alex Kuo was raised in Chungking, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He has taught creative writing at American colleges and universities for most of the last 40 years. His most recent books are Lipstick (short stories), This Fierce Geography (poems), and Chinese Opera novel). He is Professor of English at Washington State University.

Dino Mahoney is British by Greek extraction and an international award winning playwright and poet.

David Parker is an Australian, a novelist and short story writer and head of English at Chinese University, Hong Kong.

Michael Vatikiotis has lived in many parts of Asia and is managing editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. His first collection of short stories reflects his wide Asian experience.

Moderated by: Kirpal Singh


13 May 2001 - 14:00 - 16:30 / Star Alliance Theatre, The Fringe Club

The Write Stuff

Poets and fiction writers from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines read excerpts from their work and discuss their writing. Q&A with audience at end of session.
Panel includes: Louise Ho (poet, HK), Mani Rao (poet, HK), Agnes Lam (poet, HK), Madeline Marie Slavick (poet, HK), Reine Aracha Melvin (Philippines), Kee Thuan Chye (Malaysia) AND OTHERS. Moderated by Shirley Geok-lin Lim


13 May 2001 - 17:00 - 20:00 / The Roof Garden, The Fringe Club

Closing Sundowner Drinks

Closing Sundowner Drinks with the authors at the Fringe Club's roof bar.

Timothy Mo is "Hong Kong's greatest living novelist" - Peter Ackroyd, The Times.

Romesh Gunesekera's novel Reef was a Booker Prize finalist.

Shirley Lim's new novel, Joss and Gold will be launched at the Festival.

Nury Vittachi, author of The Feng Shui Detective, is both an organiser and speaker.

Gail Tuskiyama, author of The Language of Threads.

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