The Hong Kong Young Reader’s Festival 2018 has begun – and it’s fantastic!

March 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Favourite kids' books, Hong Kong events, Literary Festivals | Leave a comment
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Hello again! I’m SOOOO excited! The Hong Kong Young Reader’s Festival 2018 has just begun and there’s so much for kids from 4 to 104 to do and see! There’s a fantastic schools program of course and also some great FREE events! (Not to mention a fabulous official poster by Harry Harrison, above!)

THIS WEEKEND there will be an amazing line-up of famous children’s authors, illustrators and performers appearing at eight FREE public events – you can read about them all at the HKYRF website! The events take place at Lee Gardens Two, outside 217-218, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay from 1.45pm to 6pm!

And if you want to meet my dashing Desmond Dog, come along and hear me read his story in my session from 1.45 – 2.45pm! Here are the details! I look forward to seeing you all there!

HK grown ups! Join famous illustrator Gus Gordon for a fabulous workshop on Thursday evening!

March 5, 2018 at 8:01 pm | Posted in Favourite kids' books, illustrators, Literary Festivals | Leave a comment
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Gus Gordon event, 8th March 2018Are you interested in illustrating picture books? Are you a picture book fan? Join the extraordinary Gus Gordon on Thursday night this week at 7pm at the Naked Hub, 5 – 13 New Street in Sai Ying Pun, to hear him speak about his creative process and the relationship between words and illustrations. There will also be a short workshop component so you can try out your own skills!

Students above 18 interested in picture books are also very welcome! This fantastic event is FREE but if you are interested you should register at info@festival.org.hk

In addition, Gus will be appearing at a FREE public event for kids with an illustration workshop on Saturday from 15.45 – 16.45, on 2nd Floor at Lee Garden 2, Causeway Bay. To find out more, click here.

And if you want to read more about Gus, take a look at this wonderful article on the sublime Brain Pickings.

Meeting the wonderful Jung Chang

November 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Being an Author, children's literacy, Literary Festivals, Room to Read | Leave a comment
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With Jung Chang 7 November 2017

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to meet the wonderful Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans and other extraordinary books about China, at the luncheon in her honour (and in honour of Erin Ganju of Room To Read) hosted jointly by the Hong Kong Literary Festival and Room to Read at the China Club in Hong Kong. Jung spoke with passion about her experiences as a child growing up in China, then later as a best-selling author in London, and the large crowd was simply mesmerised by her eloquence and dignity. And before Jung’s talk, Erin Ganju spoke of the essential work of Room to Read in developing countries in bringing literacy to literally millions of children, especially girls. Read more about their tireless work here. A big thank you to my friend Jennie Orchard of Room To Read for inviting me!

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