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Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Oct 5-14
Started by a small group of creative writing enthusiasts in 2001, the Hong Kong International Literary Festival has grown into a significant annual 10-day event on the global arts calendar, attracting high-calibre, award-winning writers and rising new talents alike.
This year sees a comprehensive and wide-reaching programme of over 50 events celebrating English language fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translated works and scriptwriting, all with an emphasis on work with an Asian slant. The calendar of events ranges from book readings and signings to seminars, discussions, workshops and symposiums, as well as culinary talks and even cooking demonstrations.
Held in locations across the city as diverse as City Hall, the Fringe Club, the Foreign Correspondent’s Club, St John’s Cathedral, and the Ladies Recreation Club, the festival’s guest writers and speakers list includes award-winning Irish novelist and essayist Colm Tóibín in conversation; Asian food specialist Fuchsia Dunlop talking ‘Hot & Sour’ over a buffet lunch at The Kee Club; ‘10 Things I Wish I’d Known at Seventeen’ from Financial Times’ elusive columnist Mrs Moneypenny; and ‘Hip Poetry in Action’ with Luka Lesson and Indian poet and librettist Jeet Thayll.
The opening party kicks off on Thursday, 4th October at the British Consulate-General Reception Hall at 6.30pm and is free to all upon registration online, but you will need to book (no pun intended) for all the other events.