SHKP and Joint Publishing develop talented writers Books by eight post-80 writers to debut at the Book Fair

11 Jul 2011


Sun Hung Kai Properties’ (SHKP) Book Club and Joint Publishing staged a third Young Writers’ Debut competition to enable talented young people to get their first books published.  The year-long competition involved a group of veteran writers coaching the budding authors individually as they completed their first books.  The winning writers were all born after 1980 and have creative minds and a desire to write.  Their books will debut at the Hong Kong Book Fair and be distributed at bookstores across the territory and on the mainland.


The Book Club and Joint Publishing announced the eight winners today.  Present at the announcement were SHKP Vice Chairman and Managing Director Raymond Kwok, Joint Publishing Director Hip-tai Tsang Director and General Manager Jiping Li, Deputy General Manager Janice Yup, Deputy Chief Editor Ming Hou, Deputy Chief Editor Anne Lee, judges Peter Dunn, Yu Yat-yiu, Victor Hui, Vincent Wong, Justin Wong and Chan Wai, the latest winners and last year’s winner and author of Hong Kong Pop Up Ronex Lau and author of Pop up London Chan Hei-shing.


Raymond Kwok said: “This is the third competition we have held with Joint Publishing.  The competitions help young writers realize their dreams and have been widely popular.  The winning books by these post-80s writers demonstrate their potential and creativity with their sophisticated writing.  The topics are wide-ranging and come in novel, comic and poetic formats.  The stories put different perspectives on life in Hong Kong, local culture, survival against the odds and more.”


Tsang Hip-tai said: “Joint Publishing believes in developing new talent, and the support of Sun Hung Kai Properties lets us expand our efforts.  I am pleased that the winning works reflect the values, attitudes and spirit of the younger generation.  The writers have overcome numerous setbacks, embraced suffering and described their challenges through poems, comics and writing with a positive perspective and humour.  I see hearts behind the stories and wisdom in them.”


The competition began in the middle of last year and received 1,200 entries from applicants aged eight to 40.  The judges selected 16 semi-finalists and provided them one-on-one coaching to see their books to completion, from which eight winners were chosen.


Life stories for the post-80s


The eight young writers are full of creativity and add personal touches to their stories.  One of the books describes an unsettled childhood in Wah Fu Estate.  Another is about winning a long battle with lupus.  Others chronicle the intriguing old shops on Reclamation Street and the cats there, feature anecdotes about different values in Hong Kong and on the mainland, describe Chinese mahjong culture, offer a travelogue, and tell a story about three generations constantly on the move and people met through a part-time job at a cinema.


The Book Club also announced the establishment of a Young Writer Alumni Association and invited all past winners to join.  It will provide opportunities for writers to share views about writing and creativity and support each other.


Taking less-fortunate children to the Book Fair


The Book Club, St James’ Settlement, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and MGuru are collaborating for the fourth year in the row to take nearly 1,200 less-fortunate children to the annual Hong Kong book fair.  The children will each be given HK$240 to buy books, and they will attend a ‘My Book’ workshop with the young writers who will show them how to create their own books.


About the SHKP Book Club


SHKP believes that knowledge is the key to the future and that only through constant learning can people keep pace with the world and lift their horizons to contribute to a better future for Hong Kong.  The SHKP Book Club was set up in 2005 to encourage people to make reading a part of life.


The Book Club has diverse initiatives including staging Young Writers’ Debut competitions for three years, taking disadvantaged children to the Hong Kong Book Fair and providing them with subsidies to buy books, free bi-monthly literary magazine Books4You that recommends good books and discusses reading, four book review competitions that drew over 20,000 entries a good book poll that attracted over 16,000 votes public seminars with noted writers, celebrities and scholars talking about reading and writing and their impact on life, major book fairs, reading clubs, parent-child reading activities and more to encourage a reading culture in Hong Kong.

SHKP and Joint Publishing develop talented writers Books by eight post-80 writers to debut at the Book Fair

11 Jul 2011





Sun Hung Kai Properties’ (SHKP) Book Club and Joint Publishing staged a third Young Writers’ Debut competition to enable talented young people to get their first books published.  The year-long competition involved a group of veteran writers coaching the budding authors individually as they completed their first books.  The winning writers were all born after 1980 and have creative minds and a desire to write.  Their books will debut at the Hong Kong Book Fair and be distributed at bookstores across the territory and on the mainland.


The Book Club and Joint Publishing announced the eight winners today.  Present at the announcement were SHKP Vice Chairman and Managing Director Raymond Kwok, Joint Publishing Director Hip-tai Tsang Director and General Manager Jiping Li, Deputy General Manager Janice Yup, Deputy Chief Editor Ming Hou, Deputy Chief Editor Anne Lee, judges Peter Dunn, Yu Yat-yiu, Victor Hui, Vincent Wong, Justin Wong and Chan Wai, the latest winners and last year’s winner and author of Hong Kong Pop Up Ronex Lau and author of Pop up London Chan Hei-shing.


Raymond Kwok said: “This is the third competition we have held with Joint Publishing.  The competitions help young writers realize their dreams and have been widely popular.  The winning books by these post-80s writers demonstrate their potential and creativity with their sophisticated writing.  The topics are wide-ranging and come in novel, comic and poetic formats.  The stories put different perspectives on life in Hong Kong, local culture, survival against the odds and more.”


Tsang Hip-tai said: “Joint Publishing believes in developing new talent, and the support of Sun Hung Kai Properties lets us expand our efforts.  I am pleased that the winning works reflect the values, attitudes and spirit of the younger generation.  The writers have overcome numerous setbacks, embraced suffering and described their challenges through poems, comics and writing with a positive perspective and humour.  I see hearts behind the stories and wisdom in them.”


The competition began in the middle of last year and received 1,200 entries from applicants aged eight to 40.  The judges selected 16 semi-finalists and provided them one-on-one coaching to see their books to completion, from which eight winners were chosen.


Life stories for the post-80s


The eight young writers are full of creativity and add personal touches to their stories.  One of the books describes an unsettled childhood in Wah Fu Estate.  Another is about winning a long battle with lupus.  Others chronicle the intriguing old shops on Reclamation Street and the cats there, feature anecdotes about different values in Hong Kong and on the mainland, describe Chinese mahjong culture, offer a travelogue, and tell a story about three generations constantly on the move and people met through a part-time job at a cinema.


The Book Club also announced the establishment of a Young Writer Alumni Association and invited all past winners to join.  It will provide opportunities for writers to share views about writing and creativity and support each other.


Taking less-fortunate children to the Book Fair


The Book Club, St James’ Settlement, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and MGuru are collaborating for the fourth year in the row to take nearly 1,200 less-fortunate children to the annual Hong Kong book fair.  The children will each be given HK$240 to buy books, and they will attend a ‘My Book’ workshop with the young writers who will show them how to create their own books.


About the SHKP Book Club


SHKP believes that knowledge is the key to the future and that only through constant learning can people keep pace with the world and lift their horizons to contribute to a better future for Hong Kong.  The SHKP Book Club was set up in 2005 to encourage people to make reading a part of life.


The Book Club has diverse initiatives including staging Young Writers’ Debut competitions for three years, taking disadvantaged children to the Hong Kong Book Fair and providing them with subsidies to buy books, free bi-monthly literary magazine Books4You that recommends good books and discusses reading, four book review competitions that drew over 20,000 entries a good book poll that attracted over 16,000 votes public seminars with noted writers, celebrities and scholars talking about reading and writing and their impact on life, major book fairs, reading clubs, parent-child reading activities and more to encourage a reading culture in Hong Kong.