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HKBU greets five international writers for one-month residency

03 Nov 2015

(From right) Professor Douglas Robinson and Professor Chen Zhi kick off the International Writers’ Workshop with the five visiting writers
(From right) Professor Douglas Robinson and Professor Chen Zhi kick off the International Writers’ Workshop with the five visiting writers

Five international writers began their one-month stay in HKBU for cross-cultural literary exchange with members of the University community, the local literary circles as well as the general public.

The visiting writers of this year’s International Writers’ Workshop (IWW) are Ms Bidisha (novelist and journalist, UK), Ms Alecia McKenzie (writer and artist, Jamaica), Professor Mariko Nagai (poet and novelist, Japan), Mr Oumar Farouk Sesay (poet and playwright, Sierra Leone) and Mr Badai (novelist, Taiwan). They will discuss and share their ideas on this year’s theme of “Words and Other Interventions” during their stay.

HKBU held a welcome reception for the writers yesterday (2 November) in which Professor Chen Zhi, Acting Dean of Arts, Professor Douglas Robinson, Acting Director of IWW and members of the University and local cultural community greeted the writers. On the occasion, the writers read excerpts of their creative works and donated their publications to the Hong Kong Baptist University Library.

A series of public activities have been organised for the writers to share with the general public. These include a Public Recital (4 November, 8 pm, Fringe Club, Central), a Public Talk “Words Matter; Word Matters” (5 November, 2 pm, RRS 905, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, HKBU Ho Sin Hang Campus), an On Campus Chinese Public Talk (6 November, 3 pm, RRS 905, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, HKBU Ho Sin Hang Campus), a Chinese Writing Workshop (7 November, 11 am, HKBU Campus), a Chinese Public Talk “Voices from the Fringe” (8 November, 11 am, Hong Kong Central Library, Causeway Bay), an English Writing Workshop (14 November, 2 pm, HKBU Campus), and an HKBU Poetry Night (18 November, 8 pm, iCafé, HKBU Shaw Campus). For reservation, please call 3411 2513.

Please visit the IWW website http://iww.hkbu.edu.hk for more details about the writers and the programmes.