SHKP and Joint Publishing encourage talented writers First books by eight young writers debut at Book Fair

22 Jul 2009


Sun Hung Kai Properties' SHKP Book Club encourages reading and writing.  The Book Club and Joint Publishing began a second Young Writers' Debut Competition last year to help talented young writers publish their first books.  The competition had veteran writers and artists coaching shortlisted contestants as they finished their works.  One year later, books by eight winners have been selected for publication.  The winning books debut at the Hong Kong Book Fair today and are available in major bookstores in Hong Kong.  One of them is the first pop-up book about Hong Kong's urban development.


SHKP Head of Corporate Communications Emily Hui, Joint Publishing Director and General Manager Tsang Hip Tai and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee and competition judges announced the new books today (July 22).


Ms Hui was pleased about the result of the competition, saying: "SHKP encourages reading and writing.  We staged the first Young Writers' Debut competition with Joint Publishing in 2006, and that attracted a great deal of interest.  The second contest that started last year proved even more popular, receiving over a thousand entries.  I am glad to see that there are so many young people in Hong Kong with a passion for writing.  I believe that if we give them support, they can be new stars on the literary scene.  The eight winners are attuned to literature and have very sharp minds.  Their books offer different perspectives on urban development and individual growth, and the diverse formats include illustrations, verse, prose and more.  The high standards displayed in their works are encouraging and show that if you read and practice writing, you will be able to live a fuller life."


Although the eight winners come from different backgrounds and their books show different perspectives with their unusual topics and skillful writing.  Hong Kong Pop-up is the first pop-up book about Hong Kong, featuring a three-dimensional presentation of the way housing in the city which includes squatter huts, wooden cottages, the Kowloon Walled City and more, evoking fond memories.  Another is a story about a female executive in the competitive investment banking industry amid the financial turmoil.  There are poems by a visually-impaired man on his ‘view' of urban development, a vivid account of life on the sea told by the offspring of fishermen, colourful drawings by a Wo Che villager about the changing neighbourhood, a detailed analysis of Hong Kong's urban development by an architecture graduate using an egg analogy, a designer talking about his experience of studying in London and his inspiring perspective on book design, and a girl from a family of religious artists in Yuen Long describing the fading traditional Chinese art.


The Book Club and Joint Publishing set up a booth at the Book Fair featuring the theme of young people's perspectives on urban development to introduce the new books. Buyers with valid coupons will get 25% off any two of the eight new books at the 1D-17-02 counter in Hall 1.


Writing marathon


SHKP, Up Publications and MGuru started a writing marathon today, where people can write a line on a projection screen that will be part of a book by the end of the seven-day Book Fair, as part of the attempt to encourage creativity and writing in Hong Kong.


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 a free bi-monthly literary magazine that recommends good books and discusses reading, sponsoring children to visit the Book Fair and providing them with subsidies to buy books, book review competitions that have drawn over 20,000 entries, a good book poll that attracted over 16,000 votes, public seminars with celebrated writers and scholars talking about reading and writing and their impact on life, plus major book fairs, reading clubs, parent-child reading activities and more to encourage a reading culture in Hong Kong.

SHKP and Joint Publishing encourage talented writers First books by eight young writers debut at Book Fair

22 Jul 2009









Sun Hung Kai Properties' SHKP Book Club encourages reading and writing.  The Book Club and Joint Publishing began a second Young Writers' Debut Competition last year to help talented young writers publish their first books.  The competition had veteran writers and artists coaching shortlisted contestants as they finished their works.  One year later, books by eight winners have been selected for publication.  The winning books debut at the Hong Kong Book Fair today and are available in major bookstores in Hong Kong.  One of them is the first pop-up book about Hong Kong's urban development.


SHKP Head of Corporate Communications Emily Hui, Joint Publishing Director and General Manager Tsang Hip Tai and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee and competition judges announced the new books today (July 22).


Ms Hui was pleased about the result of the competition, saying: "SHKP encourages reading and writing.  We staged the first Young Writers' Debut competition with Joint Publishing in 2006, and that attracted a great deal of interest.  The second contest that started last year proved even more popular, receiving over a thousand entries.  I am glad to see that there are so many young people in Hong Kong with a passion for writing.  I believe that if we give them support, they can be new stars on the literary scene.  The eight winners are attuned to literature and have very sharp minds.  Their books offer different perspectives on urban development and individual growth, and the diverse formats include illustrations, verse, prose and more.  The high standards displayed in their works are encouraging and show that if you read and practice writing, you will be able to live a fuller life."


Although the eight winners come from different backgrounds and their books show different perspectives with their unusual topics and skillful writing.  Hong Kong Pop-up is the first pop-up book about Hong Kong, featuring a three-dimensional presentation of the way housing in the city which includes squatter huts, wooden cottages, the Kowloon Walled City and more, evoking fond memories.  Another is a story about a female executive in the competitive investment banking industry amid the financial turmoil.  There are poems by a visually-impaired man on his ‘view' of urban development, a vivid account of life on the sea told by the offspring of fishermen, colourful drawings by a Wo Che villager about the changing neighbourhood, a detailed analysis of Hong Kong's urban development by an architecture graduate using an egg analogy, a designer talking about his experience of studying in London and his inspiring perspective on book design, and a girl from a family of religious artists in Yuen Long describing the fading traditional Chinese art.


The Book Club and Joint Publishing set up a booth at the Book Fair featuring the theme of young people's perspectives on urban development to introduce the new books. Buyers with valid coupons will get 25% off any two of the eight new books at the 1D-17-02 counter in Hall 1.


Writing marathon


SHKP, Up Publications and MGuru started a writing marathon today, where people can write a line on a projection screen that will be part of a book by the end of the seven-day Book Fair, as part of the attempt to encourage creativity and writing in Hong Kong.


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 a free bi-monthly literary magazine that recommends good books and discusses reading, sponsoring children to visit the Book Fair and providing them with subsidies to buy books, book review competitions that have drawn over 20,000 entries, a good book poll that attracted over 16,000 votes, public seminars with celebrated writers and scholars talking about reading and writing and their impact on life, plus major book fairs, reading clubs, parent-child reading activities and more to encourage a reading culture in Hong Kong.