Day to day operations of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival are managed by a small team. The staff work to bring the much beloved annual Young Readers Festival and International Literary Festivals to life, alongside Off-Festival events during other times in the year.

Catherine Platt
Festival Director

A bookworm and public library devotee from an early age, Catherine was diverted from an English lit career path by a fascination for Chinese culture, which took her to Beijing, Taipei, Chengdu and Hong Kong. She found a perfect balance curating literary events and directed festivals in the USA and China before joining HKILF. Her revolving list of favourite authors includes Emily St John Mandel, Sebastian Barry, Elena Ferrante and Madeline Thien, and the last book she read and loved was Luster by Raven Leilani. She also loves Sichuan food, Oolong tea and cooking with friends and family across multiple time zones.

Ann Barbara Chan
Operations Manager

Ann enjoys rereading and rewatching cherished books, manga and movies. She also has a fondness for art, illustrating, and discussions around surviving zombie apocalypses.
Her favourite books are: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

Zoe Xu
Events Assistant

Zoe is on her way to acquire an analytical mind, but at present remains a romantic at heart. That’s why she will always find peace in going back to her favourite Jean Rhys and Eileen Chang after frantically marathoning a romance series. Her other interests include nerding out about literary translation, frequenting the cinema, and sky-watching.
Her recent favourite book is Love in the Time of Cholera, but The Bell Jar holds a special place in her heart.

Lily Pang
Accounting & Finance


We are currently accepting autumn internship applications (September to end of December 2021). Interns get to work directly with the whole team and are a valued part of our organisation. During their time with the Festival, interns will gain insight into literature and arts management, assisting with tasks ranging from editing, marketing and PR to event coordination.

Our interns are an important and valued part of our team, assisting with tasks ranging from editing to event coordination. Internships are available on a part-time or full-time basis and are unpaid.

If you are a student or a recent graduate and are interested in becoming an intern at HKILF, please email a cover letter and your resume to with “2021 Autumn Internship Application” in the subject line.

If you are no longer a student but are interested in volunteering for us on a regular basis, please see our volunteers page for more information.