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Winners of SHKP Reading Club sixth Young Writers’ Debut Competition announced
Eight works to debut at July Book Fair
Head start for 50 new authors to date

2017-06-28

SHKP Director of Corporate Communications Chris Liu (centre), JP Director and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee (fifth right) together with nine winners of the sixth competition
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SHKP Director of Corporate Communications Chris Liu (centre), JP Director and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee (fifth right) together with nine winners of the sixth competition

Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) has been supporting young people develop their talents and has organized biennial Young Writers’ Debut Competition (YWDC) with Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) since 2006 to help young authors start on their creative journeys.  For the sixth competition, eight winning works will debut at this year’s Hong Kong Book Fair mid July to offer young authors’ views on the present and future to readers and the public.

The eight winning works were unveiled today by SHKP Director of Corporate Communications Chris Liu, Joint Publishing (JP) Director and Deputy Editor-in-Chief Anne Lee together with five of the eight celebrity judges including: noted music producer Yu Yat-yiu, veteran educator Terence Chang, The University of Hong Kong Department of Music professor Chan Hing-yan, Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Visual Arts lecturer and cartoonist Justin Wong and first YWDC winner Matthew Cheng.  The eight winning books are: The Right Wrongs by Woodwork, Circles of Friends by RedTeeth, Prime Time for Books and Letters by Yung Ching-shui, Self-discovery by Kristy Hon and Jenny Ling (a team of two), Tokyo: Dream and Life by Jane Luk Pui-ling, World of Plastic by Michelle Fung Kuen-suet, Old Bookstores in Hong Kong by Kelvin Wong Hiu-nam and The Locker by Zia Zheng.  The latest winners bring the total number of award authors to 50 over the past 12 years.

Nine winners with eight new books

The winners of the sixth competition come from diverse backgrounds. Under the generic theme of Future, the writers examine the present and address the future through their creativity inspired by everyday life with the vitality of young people.  The new books cover a variety of subjects: A reporter cataloging local second-hand bookstores in Hong Kong comes to an optimistic view of the industry’s future, a Tokyo-based architect chronicles the complexities of city life; a lady born in the 80s searches for a broken heart and a journalist from a Japanese media outlet tells of a locker that bridges space and time recounting dark memories.  One questions fate with a collection of stories revolving around legal principles. Three others are picture books about over-consumption of plastic, how five young people come to understand their worth and a narrative of teenagers growing up.

Chris Liu said: “We believe that young people can achieve infinite possibilities with the right encouragement, which is why SHKP has supported these competitions to give young authors a platform to showcase their talent.  The winning books will touch more readers and have a positive impact on reading and writing.”

Anne Lee said: “These competitions encourage young people to try different things, as expression isn’t restricted to words and multi-media works are eligible we have attracted a great variety of entrants.  We are glad to see that there are still many aspiring writers in Hong Kong, and hope that winners of the sixth competition will make the best out of this opportunity and keep on working with dedication and passion.”

Special competition with celebrity judges

The eight judges were all leaders in their creative fields and gave the 24 finalists personal advice in finishing their entries over the past few months.  The sixth competition began in April last year and was followed by six seminars.  It attracted more than 1,100 entrants that were shortlisted down to 24 in the final round to eventually produce eight winning entries.

Some winners of previous competitions have continued their writing journeys as authors and others work in creative industries, all inspiring others with their experience and many had participated in the SHKP Reading Club’s Read and Share school programme.  See www.shkpreadingclub.com/YoungWriters or www.facebook.com/YoungWriters.hk for more information about YWDC. 

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP believes in Building Homes with Heart and promotes reading and holistic development.  It set up the SHKP Reading Club in 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives such as organizing events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Anyone interested can join for free at www.shkpreadingclub.com.

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