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SHKP Reading Club Reading & Writing Camp
Exploring different reading connotation
The 1st literary camp of SHKP Reading Club
Appreciating the multi-media reading experience

2014-10-13

SHKP Director of Corporate Communications Chris Liu (ninth right), Chairman of ADC’s Arts Support Committee and Literary Arts Group Dr. Ng Mei Kwan (tenth right), Theatre Ronin Artistic Director Alex Tam (eighth right), teachers and students cheer for the launch of the SHKP Reading Club Reading & Writing Camp during the kick-off ceremony on 11 October 2014
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SHKP Director of Corporate Communications Chris Liu (ninth right), Chairman of ADC’s Arts Support Committee and Literary Arts Group Dr. Ng Mei Kwan (tenth right), Theatre Ronin Artistic Director Alex Tam (eighth right), teachers and students cheer for the launch of the SHKP Reading Club Reading & Writing Camp during the kick-off ceremony on 11 October 2014

Presented by SHKP Reading Club of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP) and co-organised by Hong Kong Arts Development Council (ADC), SHKP Reading Club Reading & Writing Camp (The Camp) was held at the Noah’s Ark from 11 October to 12 October 2014. During the Camp, almost 60 senior secondary school students explored a different connotation of reading by the activities which combined the everyday life experience and different type of the multi-media mediums like text, drama, dance and music. The Camp focused on Xiao Hung, a legendary figure in Chinese Literature, and examined her life through the realm of music, literature and drama. Participants of the Camp also attended “The Promise of Light: Ann Hui on the Meaning of Great Works”, a symposium held in Hong Kong Baptist University on 10 October, and was more familiar with Xiao Hung after the sharing of “The Golden Era” by Ann Hui.

SHKP Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer Patrick K W Chan said: “The Camp, jointly organised by SHKP Reading Club and ADC, is meant to promote a diverse reading experience. In this era of multi-media, reading should not be limited to books only but also various mediums such as music, dance and drama. SHKP Reading Club is dedicated to promote the reading culture and share the happy reading experience with the public. The Camp encourages students to explore more of the context of everyday life and be indulged with the happiness of reading in different dimension.” Participants receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance and School Textbook Assistance Scheme are exempted from the participation fee.

Dr. Ng Mei Kwan, Chairman of the ADC’s Arts Support Committee and Literary Arts Group, said: “We are delighted to be the co-organiser of the SHKP Reading Club Reading & Writing Camp. Through a series of well-designed activities, the Camp brings a new connotation and experience of reading in the new age. The ADC is pleased to collaborate with business sector to foster the reading culture in Hong Kong. We believe that it is a diversified and lively mode of collaboration with effective result.” Dr. Ng is the curator of the Camp, as well as the consultant of the Camp together with the Chairman of the ADC’s Arts Criticism Group Dr. Lo Wai-luk.

With a theme of “Exploring your life”, the Camp was meant to let the students to get a taste of how literature and reading can be existed in life. It began with a sharing of different stories about reading in daily life by Liu Wai-tong and Cao Shuying, the well-known couple in the literary circle; then it followed by the performance of Theatre Ronin demonstrating the subtle relation between literature and drama with its artistic director Tam Hung-man and 3 performers; Composer and Professor Chan Hing-yan, Script writer Heng Yi and Professor Lo Wai-luk re-discovered the legendary life of Xiao Hung through the refined interaction of music and words, and also through the different interpretation of text under the view point of multi-media; the finale was a weighty talk moderated by Leon Lei and Professor Stephen Chu, a famous lyricist and Cantonese-pop lyrics expert respectively, where the literariness, life-related issues, throb and inspiration of Cantonese-pop lyrics were discussed and appreciated.

At the meantime, several young writers including Leung Wai-lok, Matthew Cheng, Leung She-kwan, Louise Law and Ricky Lai participated in the “Literature Sketching” section as instructors. Students were led by the young writers to convert the appealing landscape and their mood into delicate piece of writing, and were instructed to develop the piece into a complete piece of literary work in order to realize and experience a life with literature. 

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP set up the SHKP Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives. All book lovers are welcome to join the Club.  SHKP Reading Club is endorsed by celebrities from all walks of life.  The Club publishes two free regular magazines on reading, ReadIt and Read Monthly, organizes seminars with leading speakers from different cultural realms, reading and writing camps, guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.

During the “Literature Sketching” section, students are led by young writer Ricky Lai (first right) to convert the appealing landscape into a delicate piece of writing
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During the “Literature Sketching” section, students are led by young writer Ricky Lai (first right) to convert the appealing landscape into a delicate piece of writing

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