SHKP and Joint Publishing raise eight talented writers to publish first books

04 Jul 2009


The SHKP Book Club of Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) encourages reading and writing. The second Young Writers' Debut Competition, in collaboration with Joint Publishing, aims to sponsor talented writers to publish their first books. The Competition has recently concluded with over a thousand entries from people aged below 35. Unlike other writing contests, SHKP's Young Writers' Debut Competition had judges coach shortlisted contestants to finish their work over the past year, and eight winners were carefully selected for publishing. They will start a new leaf in writing when their first books appear in the Hong Kong Book Fair in July and in major bookstores in Hong Kong and around the world.

SHKP announced the eight winners in a press conference today (July 3), which is attended by SHKP Vice Chairman and Managing Director Raymond Kwok, Joint Publishing Director and General Manager Tsang Hip Tai, SHKP Executive Director Michael Wong, Joint Publishing Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee and competition judges Shu Kei, Victor Hui, Victor Wong, Vincent Wong and Chi Hoi.

Mr Kwok said: "In 2006, SHKP and Joint Publishing started to work together on the competition. The seven winners from the first contest have made their own names in local literary circles. One has published her second book. The results were highly encouraging. We have even more entries in this year's competition. The eight winners this year have emerged from over 1,000 entrants. The winners have diverse social and family backgrounds, but share a passion for writing. These young people show that with determination, hard work and creativity, one will be able to achieve one's goal."

Mr Tsang said: "The second competition has proved to be a big success, and the literary range of the entries, their maturity and creativity are all tremendously encouraging. The young writers were born and brought up in Hong Kong and their strong passion comes through such interesting stories as the life of fishermen, a visually-impaired man's perspective about the city, work in an investment bank, and portrayals of attachment to the neighbourhood and the feelings that this engenders. These are topics seldom written about, and I believe that when the books are out on the shelves, they definitely will draw a lot of interests among readers."

First pop-up book about Hong Kong

Although the eight winners come from different quarters, all display blossoming creativity. Their works show different aspects of Hong Kong's urban development. One is the first pop-up book about Hong Kong, which features three-dimensional presentation of Hong Kong's housing evolution from squatters to wooden cottages, to the Kowloon Walled City and more, all evoking a fond collective memory of all who call Hong Kong home. Another is a story about the life and career of a female financial executive in the competitive investment banking industry amid the financial turmoil. There are also poems by a visually-impaired man on his 'views' of urban development, a vivid account of life on the sea told by the next generation of fishermen, colourful drawings by a native Wo Che Villager about the changing neighbourhood, a detailed analysis of Hong Kong's urban development by an architecture graduate using the egg analogy, a designer talking about his experience of studying in London and his inspiring perspective on book design, plus a girl from a family making religious statutes in Yuen Long talking about the fading traditional Chinese art and the interesting neighbourhood. Their new books will be available at the Book Fair, and around the world in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Southeast Asia, and North America.

Writing marathon

SHKP, Up Publications and MGuru will also organize a writing marathon to let people write a line each on a projector, to form a book at the end of the seven-day book fair, as part of the attempt to encourage writing and creativity in Hong Kong.

About SHKP Book Club

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

The Book Club has been organizing interesting and diverse activities including the free bi-monthly literary magazine that recommends good books and talks about reading, sponsoring children to visit the book fair and providing them with subsidies to buy books, four book review competitions that have drawn over 20,000 entries, good book election with over 16,000 votes cast, various 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. All this is aimed at encouraging reading culture in Hong Kong.
SHKP and Joint Publishing raise eight talented writers to publish first books

04 Jul 2009





The SHKP Book Club of Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) encourages reading and writing. The second Young Writers' Debut Competition, in collaboration with Joint Publishing, aims to sponsor talented writers to publish their first books. The Competition has recently concluded with over a thousand entries from people aged below 35. Unlike other writing contests, SHKP's Young Writers' Debut Competition had judges coach shortlisted contestants to finish their work over the past year, and eight winners were carefully selected for publishing. They will start a new leaf in writing when their first books appear in the Hong Kong Book Fair in July and in major bookstores in Hong Kong and around the world.

SHKP announced the eight winners in a press conference today (July 3), which is attended by SHKP Vice Chairman and Managing Director Raymond Kwok, Joint Publishing Director and General Manager Tsang Hip Tai, SHKP Executive Director Michael Wong, Joint Publishing Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee and competition judges Shu Kei, Victor Hui, Victor Wong, Vincent Wong and Chi Hoi.

Mr Kwok said: "In 2006, SHKP and Joint Publishing started to work together on the competition. The seven winners from the first contest have made their own names in local literary circles. One has published her second book. The results were highly encouraging. We have even more entries in this year's competition. The eight winners this year have emerged from over 1,000 entrants. The winners have diverse social and family backgrounds, but share a passion for writing. These young people show that with determination, hard work and creativity, one will be able to achieve one's goal."

Mr Tsang said: "The second competition has proved to be a big success, and the literary range of the entries, their maturity and creativity are all tremendously encouraging. The young writers were born and brought up in Hong Kong and their strong passion comes through such interesting stories as the life of fishermen, a visually-impaired man's perspective about the city, work in an investment bank, and portrayals of attachment to the neighbourhood and the feelings that this engenders. These are topics seldom written about, and I believe that when the books are out on the shelves, they definitely will draw a lot of interests among readers."

First pop-up book about Hong Kong

Although the eight winners come from different quarters, all display blossoming creativity. Their works show different aspects of Hong Kong's urban development. One is the first pop-up book about Hong Kong, which features three-dimensional presentation of Hong Kong's housing evolution from squatters to wooden cottages, to the Kowloon Walled City and more, all evoking a fond collective memory of all who call Hong Kong home. Another is a story about the life and career of a female financial executive in the competitive investment banking industry amid the financial turmoil. There are also poems by a visually-impaired man on his 'views' of urban development, a vivid account of life on the sea told by the next generation of fishermen, colourful drawings by a native Wo Che Villager about the changing neighbourhood, a detailed analysis of Hong Kong's urban development by an architecture graduate using the egg analogy, a designer talking about his experience of studying in London and his inspiring perspective on book design, plus a girl from a family making religious statutes in Yuen Long talking about the fading traditional Chinese art and the interesting neighbourhood. Their new books will be available at the Book Fair, and around the world in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Southeast Asia, and North America.

Writing marathon

SHKP, Up Publications and MGuru will also organize a writing marathon to let people write a line each on a projector, to form a book at the end of the seven-day book fair, as part of the attempt to encourage writing and creativity in Hong Kong.

About SHKP Book Club

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

The Book Club has been organizing interesting and diverse activities including the free bi-monthly literary magazine that recommends good books and talks about reading, sponsoring children to visit the book fair and providing them with subsidies to buy books, four book review competitions that have drawn over 20,000 entries, good book election with over 16,000 votes cast, various 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. All this is aimed at encouraging reading culture in Hong Kong.