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Hong Kong International Literary Festival 2018 – What I’m up to….

Posted: October 12th, 2018 | No Comments »

This November I’ll be at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, which now has a great new home in the new Tai Kwun arts centre on Hollywood Road in Central. There’s a full programme online here…loads of stuff…naturally, as this is my blog, I’m going to promote my events…but I’ll sneak in a few others over the next few weeks.

  • Friday 2/11/18 – Festival Opening Event – I’ll be one of several authors, including Geoff Dyer, talking on the subject of “journeys” at the opening event for the festival….here
  • Saturday 3/11/18 – “Based on a True Story…” 4-5.30pm – I’m running a writing workshop on how to investigate and tell true stories in entertaining ways…if you’re doing a family history, looking at a true crime, real history, looking at writing literary non-fiction this might be helpful. Here for more details.
  • Sunday 4/11/18 – City of Devils – 2-3pm – I’ll be showing a lot of pictures and telling a lot of anecdotes to try and recreate those wild days of old Shanghai and the gangsters who ran the city’s Badlands just before the Japanese occupation of the International Settlement. click here
  • Sunday 4/11/18 -Why Genre Matters? – 5-6pm – I’ll be in conversation with my old publisher Jo Lusby, formerly of Penguin China and now Pixie B about genre, why it matters, why you should think about it and how to cross over it….click here


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