HKBU welcomes six international writers for four-week residency
01 Mar 2019
Six international writers began their four-week residency at HKBU for a cross-cultural literary exchange programme with members of the University community and local literary circles, as well as the general public.
This year, the Writers-in-Residence are Ms Kyoko Yoshida, a Japanese fiction writer, translator and scholar; Mr Nikola Madzirov, a Macedonian poet, essayist and translator; Ms Han Yujoo, a Korean fiction writer; Ms Sarah Lippett, a British graphic novelist; Ms Mara Genschel, a German poet; and Ms Barnali Ray Shukla, a Indian writer and director. The authors will discuss and share their insights on this year’s theme of “Alternate Imaginations” during their residency.
HKBU held a welcome reception for the writers on 20 February in which President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Chin, Provost Professor Clayton MacKenzie, and Dean of Arts Professor Mette Hjort – who is also the Director of the International Writers' Workshop (IWW), Mr Narayan Singh, Consul (HOC, Culture & Education) of Consulate General of India in Hong Kong and Mr Tomofumi Koida, Consul of Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong greeted the writers, together with members of the University and local cultural community. At the event, the writers read excerpts of their creative works and had a conversation with creative writers from the Faculty of Arts.
The Writers-in-Residence will also participate in the first annual IWW Literary Festival during 11-16 March 2019. This year’s theme is “The Many Worlds of Science Fiction” and features with a panel discussion on Chinese science fiction, a Chinese-language music night, and symposium on AI and art. Please visit the IWW website http://iww.hkbu.edu.hk for more information about the writers and the programmes.