By Douglas Kerr
Do you read books? Are you going to the Hong Kong Literary Festival?
Hong Kong has its own international literary festival, now in its twelfth year, dedicated to bringing writers from all over the world to the city, to meet enthusiastic readers here, and local writers.
There is a Young Readers Festival, which takes place in March, and which sees international authors reading from their work, and talking about writing, with some four thousand local schoolkids.
The main Literary Festival this year is in October, from the 5th to the 14th. This is mostly for grown-up readers. There are talks, readings, panel discussions, poetry slams, debates, and writing workshops, at various venues in Hong Kong and Kowloon .… Whether you’re interested in novels, travel writing, journalism, poetry, writing about music or politics, memoirs, crime fiction, current affairs, cookery books – the Festival has something for everyone. Visit the Literary Festival’s website and take a look at this year’s programme, at
Booking is easy through Cityline, there is a 50% discount for full-time students for many events, and you can become a Friend of the Festival to enjoy special offers and privileges.
If you didn’t give up reading when you graduated from HKU, the Hong Kong Literary Festival has something to offer you. There are more ways than ever to read – on your computer, e-reader, iPad, mobile phone, in print or digital or audio form…. It’s time to rediscover the pleasures of the text!