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The Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival

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The Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival


We’re delighted to be the media partner of The Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival once again.  The Festival will be held from 10-21 March.  This year, presenters Noreen Mir and Andrew Dembina will meet the authors from around the world hearing their thoughts on writing. We will cover this year’s exciting events and present the authors’ personal stories. 


Interviews:

Christine Van is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the festival. She talks to Noreen Mir about this year’s exciting line up and how we can encourage more reading and writing amongst our young adults!   More…

 

Lesley-Anne Tan and Monica Lim  are not just daughter and mother from Singapore, but co-authors of Danger Dan confronts the Merlion Mastermind. Leslie is a full-time student while Monica runs her own writing consultancy in Singapore.  In 2011, Monica wrote a letter to the Minister of Education, advocating change in the education system and later it went viral, gaining support from thousands of parents and teachers. The Good, the Bad and the PSLE is her first book of fiction.  More…

 

Jennifer Wong is the author of two poetry collections including the most recent Goldfish. Jennifer Wong is also a poet and has run many creative writing workshops in Hong Kong and the UK.  More…

 

Alan Gibbons is  an award-winning writer and independent educational consultant.  He has appeared on the BBC Education programme Writer’s Block, Radio 4’s Front Row, The World Tonight and The Message programme and has consulted on a series of short films about children’s books. He was also a teacher for many years.  Alan lives in Liverpool with his family.   More…

www.alangibbons.com

 

Reenita Malhotra Hora is a Hong Kong-based writer, broadcast journalist and Ayurveda clinician. She also produces and presents a variety of programmes.  She has also worked as a story developer for Cartoon Network Asia and Disney.  Her debut young adult novel is Operation Mom – How to Get Your Mom a Life and a Man and her children’s novel Goopeater will soon be published.  More…

www.reenita.com

 

Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author. His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in humorous and unexpected ways. His titles include Two Weeks With The Queen, Grace, Doubting Thomas, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Once, Then, Now and After, and Extra Time. Morris lives in Sydney and his books are published in more than twenty countries.  More…

www.morrisgleitzman.com

 

Theadora Whittington trained as an illustrator at the Cambridge School of Art in the UK having before worked as a barrister. She has a strong interest in the need for the protection of biodiversity and in the role of the imagination in education. She has written and illustrated The Sand Turtle, The Mermaid and the Pink Dolphin and The Dragon’s BackMore…

www.theadorawhittington.com

 

Isabelle Demenge has lived many lives: corporate finance lawyer, mother of three boys, world traveler and writer.  Facing the difficulties of traveling with children in Cambodia, she decided to write for her kids the book that she was looking for. Her books help families move from “kid–friendly destinations” to places that are culturally richer in a way that all will enjoy with information hand-picked for children and interactive games.  More…

 

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of thirty books, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both adults and children. She was recently voted one of Australia's Favourite 20 Novelists, and has been called 'one of the finest writers of this generation. She is also an accredited master storyteller. Her most recent book for children is 'Grumpy Grandpa', a charming picture book that shows people are not always what they seem. More…

Anna Ginsburg, 15, was inspired to write her first novel, The Tiger in the Stone (published 2012), when something from a curio shop in Italy caught her attention. Anna was born and raised in Hong Kong and now studies in Chinese International School.  Both her great grandfather and her grandmother are published authors. More…


Events:

Growing With Your Children

The parent-child relationship can be complex, long-lasting, fragile, strong and fraught with difficulties at the same time. How do you manage and nurture it through different stage? Authors Monica Lim, Reenita Malhotra and Theadora Whittington share their experience and family stories. Crystal Kwok of RTHK Radio3 moderates. Catch up with the talk here!
 

Date:  March 15, 2014

Time:  3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Venue: Training Room 1, Core F, Cyberport 3


 

Why Edu-tainment?

Children have a natural curiosity for the world yet for most this is lost over time. Authors Theadora Whittington and Isabelle Demenge, have between them, written a series of children’s travel books and books about Hong Kong and biodiversity. They discuss creative ways of educating children through play. Crystal Kwok of RTHK Radio3 moderates. Catch up with the talk here!

 

Date:  March 15, 2014

Time:  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Venue: Training Room 1, Core F, Cyberport 3

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