Young Writers seminars at Shanghai Book Fair Edward Lam, Zhang Yue-Ran and new authors share creative experience

02 Sep 2013


Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) set up the SHKP Book Club to promote reading and creative writing. The Book Club has staged four Young Writers’ Debut competitions with Joint Publishing (H.K.), and the most recent one was extended to the mainland for the first time last year. Ten winners of the 2012/13 competition made their debuts in simplified Chinese characters at the Shanghai Book Fair. Competition judges Edward Lam and Zhang Yue-Ran, along with two winning writers discussed their creative experience with readers at a seminar during the Book Fair.

Noted Beijing writer Zhang Yue-Ran said it was refreshing to see many Hong Kong entries based on true stories. She added: “One of the winning titles Husband-Wife Businesses tells life stories from a new perspective and reveals the author’s values. I believe that’s what readers want.”

Noted Hong Kong theatre director Edward Lam was one of the judges and he was very inspired by the participants. He encouraged aspiring young writers to have a clear understanding of themselves and their goals. He said: “Believe in yourself and follow your heart when you start writing. Young writers need to know how to ask themselves questions and not turn to others for answers.”

Brownwhite, author of the winning title Husband-Wife Businesses, spent nine months visiting seven half-century-old stores and made a journal of how the couples met, started a family and business together and pursued their dreams. He said: “I wanted to deconstruct the old generation’s views about love and understand the old days through their love stories.” The book has QR codes linking to online audio clips to let readers get a feel of the seven old stores.

Writer Kori Song moved from Sichuan to Hong Kong in 2009 and found it hard to adapt to the fast-paced city. Her book Cicada contains short stories and illustrations tracing her footsteps in discovering a place she calls home. She said: “I didn’t focus on the outcome when I wrote and drew. I just wanted to do it for myself.”

About Young Writers’ Debut competitions

Young Writers’ Debut competitions by SHKP and Joint Publishing have helped 33 young authors make their debuts since they started in 2006.

The fourth competition was staged last year and was open to mainland authors for the first time. Veteran Hong Kong and mainland creative professionals and writers were the judges and they gave promising authors individual coaching. After a year of hard work, the authors completed their first books, on the theme of ‘existence’. The books debuted at the Hong Kong Book Fair and are distributed in traditional Chinese characters in Hong Kong and simplified Chinese on the mainland.

The competition drew impressive entries from Hong Kong and the mainland, featuring a diversity of ideas and topics in formats such as novels, fairy tales, true stories, travelogues, graphics, photos and screenplays. There were also multi-media elements such as music and QR codes, demonstrating the versatile young writers’ observations and imagination about things and the world.

Visit www.SHKPBookClub.com/YoungWriters4 for details.
Young Writers seminars at Shanghai Book Fair Edward Lam, Zhang Yue-Ran and new authors share creative experience

02 Sep 2013



Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) set up the SHKP Book Club to promote reading and creative writing. The Book Club has staged four Young Writers’ Debut competitions with Joint Publishing (H.K.), and the most recent one was extended to the mainland for the first time last year. Ten winners of the 2012/13 competition made their debuts in simplified Chinese characters at the Shanghai Book Fair. Competition judges Edward Lam and Zhang Yue-Ran, along with two winning writers discussed their creative experience with readers at a seminar during the Book Fair.

Noted Beijing writer Zhang Yue-Ran said it was refreshing to see many Hong Kong entries based on true stories. She added: “One of the winning titles Husband-Wife Businesses tells life stories from a new perspective and reveals the author’s values. I believe that’s what readers want.”

Noted Hong Kong theatre director Edward Lam was one of the judges and he was very inspired by the participants. He encouraged aspiring young writers to have a clear understanding of themselves and their goals. He said: “Believe in yourself and follow your heart when you start writing. Young writers need to know how to ask themselves questions and not turn to others for answers.”

Brownwhite, author of the winning title Husband-Wife Businesses, spent nine months visiting seven half-century-old stores and made a journal of how the couples met, started a family and business together and pursued their dreams. He said: “I wanted to deconstruct the old generation’s views about love and understand the old days through their love stories.” The book has QR codes linking to online audio clips to let readers get a feel of the seven old stores.

Writer Kori Song moved from Sichuan to Hong Kong in 2009 and found it hard to adapt to the fast-paced city. Her book Cicada contains short stories and illustrations tracing her footsteps in discovering a place she calls home. She said: “I didn’t focus on the outcome when I wrote and drew. I just wanted to do it for myself.”

About Young Writers’ Debut competitions

Young Writers’ Debut competitions by SHKP and Joint Publishing have helped 33 young authors make their debuts since they started in 2006.

The fourth competition was staged last year and was open to mainland authors for the first time. Veteran Hong Kong and mainland creative professionals and writers were the judges and they gave promising authors individual coaching. After a year of hard work, the authors completed their first books, on the theme of ‘existence’. The books debuted at the Hong Kong Book Fair and are distributed in traditional Chinese characters in Hong Kong and simplified Chinese on the mainland.

The competition drew impressive entries from Hong Kong and the mainland, featuring a diversity of ideas and topics in formats such as novels, fairy tales, true stories, travelogues, graphics, photos and screenplays. There were also multi-media elements such as music and QR codes, demonstrating the versatile young writers’ observations and imagination about things and the world.

Visit www.SHKPBookClub.com/YoungWriters4 for details.