Seven big reasons why I love Hong Kong!

February 5, 2020 at 11:21 am | Posted in Chinese New Year, Dragon dance, Hong Kong, Hong Kong events | Leave a comment
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For all the recent doom and gloom about viruses and protests, Hong Kong, my home for the last 21 years, is still one of my favourite places in the world! And here are just a few reasons why I ESPECIALLY love Hong Kong at Chinese New Year!

Blue, blue skies above spectacular architecture!

Chinese New Year really is the best time of year in Hong Kong weather-wise, with low humidity and lovely bright days with cool nights – yum! And its buildings are fantastic! Above are just a few that I snapped on a brisk walk from Wanchai into Central the other day!

Flowers, flowers everywhere!

Chinese New Year is the time for spectacular fruit and flower displays at home, in the office, and on every street corner! Above are just a few I spotted on my walk through the city centre!

Extraordinary trees, some literally hanging off the walls!

The city is home to some of the most glorious banyan trees, with their aerial roots and extraordinary root systems making them a unique part of this unique city!

Fabulous decorations in shopping malls!

And in shops…

 

And in the streets…

 

And all the excitement of Dragon Dances!

Here’s a short video I took in Saikung village, in the New Territories, where four different teams of dancers, drummers and their followers circulated around the village, spreading good fortune for the New Year! Here you can see a Black Lion entering a small shop, to receive the gift of a lettuce, which it “eats” to ensure the prosperity of the shop for the coming year!

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.

My interview with Noreen Mir, RTHK3!

February 9, 2018 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Book launches, Bookazine Princes Building, Children's Chinese Zodiac Books, Chinese New Year, Radio interviews | Leave a comment
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This afternoon I had a wonderful chat with Noreen Mir at RTHK Radio 3 on the 1 2 3 Show all about my new book The Tale of Desmond Dog, the amazing history of Hong Kong and notorious pirate queen Ching Shih behind it, and, of course, the official launch of Harry Harrison’s and my book at Bookazine, 3rd floor, Princes Building, tomorrow at 2pm! You can listen to it here !

And don’t forget to come along! There’ll be a fabulous story reading, a fun quiz with some great prizes, laissee with yummy coins, bookmarks, snacks and drinks for everyone! Be there, or the Red Flags will come and get you – aha me hearties!!!

Hey Beijing kids! What are you doing this Sunday?

January 25, 2018 at 8:42 pm | Posted in Book launches, Bookworm Cafe Beijing, Buying my books, Children's Chinese Zodiac Books | Leave a comment
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The Year of the Dog is around the corner, and I’ll be at the famous Bookworm Cafe at Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District at 1.30pm on THIS SUNDAY for the Beijing launch of my latest Chinese Calendar Tale, The Tale of Desmond Dog! It’s all about a noble dog, wicked pirates, and a little fishing village called Hong Kong! Come along to  hear me read my story! Here’s your official invitation! I can’t wait to see you there!Poster - Sarah Brennan - Bookworm

Another fun day at PLK CKY School!

November 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Poetry Workshops for kids | Leave a comment
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Today I had a lot of fun with the fabulous Grade 4s of PLK CKY School at Piper’s Hill, Hong Kong, in three busy sessions, with my Introduction to  Poetry Workshop. The sessions ended with some great group work completing a poem called Let’s Destroy the School in perfect rhythm and rhyme! Many thanks to the fabulous Joli Moore, primary librarian, for hosting me!

Back home in Hong Kong – and Morrison Academy in Taiwan enters the fray!

March 2, 2015 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Bobby as a stuffed toy!

It’s good to be home with my family and my gorgeous dog Bobby (here he is pretending to be a stuffed toy so he doesn’t have to have a bath!) The weather’s still a little chilly, but all the birds are singing madly around our apartment on the edge of Tai Po Kau nature reserve, and the hills are green and beautiful!

And what a lovely surprise I got today to receive 15 fabulous entries from Morrison Academy Kaohsiung in Taiwan in my Clever Competition! Taiwan has officially entered the fray! If you haven’t entered your Shaggy Sheep Poem yet, it’s time to start writing! See my Clever Competition page above for all the details!

You are invited to the Hong Kong launch of The Tale of a Dark Horse next Saturday!

January 19, 2014 at 11:48 am | Posted in Book launches | Leave a comment
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I’m very excited to announce that my latest Chinese Calendar Tale is being launched at Bookazine, 3rd floor Princes Building in Central at 2pm on Saturday 25th January! I’ll be reading my new story, Harry Harrison will be running his annual quiz with prizes to be won, and there will be free bookmarks and a book signing, and lots of delicious snacks and drinks for kids and for their mums and dads! And I’m even more excited to tell you that we’ll be launching the very first Chinese Calendar Tale Activity Book at the same time!

So giddy up and register with Bookazine at enquiries@bookazine.com.hk or by phoning 2522 1785 to book your free place!

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