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.

Soo Jung HYUN
Festival Director

Soo Jung grew up in Hong Kong where she spent many happy hours indulging her appetite for great books at the City Hall Public Library. Growing up she would have loved to meet writers, which is why she feels so fiercely about the work the festival does. She’s currently enjoying The Checklist by the American surgeon Atul Gawande and Korean American by Eric Kim, the New York Times food writer.

Maureen TAI
Festival Manager

Born and bred in Malaysia, Maureen is an award-winning writer of fiction for children and teens. She is passionate about promoting diversity in children’s literature and left her 20-year corporate career to join the non-profit sector, hoping the shift would allow her more time to write and to read – so far, so good! She has Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art speech permanently on her bedside table and is currently deep in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.

Events Assistant

Laura is a writer and illustrator from Nova Scotia, Canada, perhaps a reason why the picture book Town Is By The Sea by Sydney Smith is a favourite! It seems she is drawn to islands and water, as Hong Kong has been her home for over a decade and Jeju South Korea captivated her just before. She is presently revisiting an old fantasy favourite The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay, and thoroughly enjoyed Sign Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc Tran.


We are currently accepting autumn internship applications (September to end of December 2022). 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 “2022 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.