Official Message

A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD

Welcome to the 2020 Young Readers Festival!

The Hong Kong Young Readers Festival is a 12-day event that takes place in schools and public spaces around Hong Kong. Bringing together a diverse and dynamic group of local and international writers, illustrators, comic creators, and poets dedicated to the art of telling inspirational stories to kids and young adults, the Festival is a vibrant arm of the fast-growing and world-class Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

Since the YRF’s inception eight years ago, we have worked with over 30,000 primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong. We want to motivate and inspire young people to engage with all aspects of the written word. Sustained reading not only offers children the opportunity to improve their English language skills and vocabulary, it provides a crucial gateway to cultural exchange and exposes young people to diverse topics and current affairs.

We are proud to have expanded our Schools Programme even further in 2019, with over 100 school sessions taking place on diverse school campuses across Hong Kong. There will also be a fun weekend of public events at Lee Gardens Two in Causeway Bay thanks to support from the Hysan Group.

This year, we are excited to include a roster of award-winning children’s writers and artists from all around the world, including Conor McCreery, Deborah Abela, Mark Llewelyn Evans, Matt Zurbo, Varian Johnson and Victoria Jamieson. We are also proud to feature writers from closer to home, including Anna Tso, Bhakti Mathur, Christina Matula-Häkli and Sarah Brennan.

The Festival would not be able to flourish each year without the support of our donors and sponsors, including generous ongoing grants from the HK Government. Thanks to them, we are able to continue to unite outstanding writers and educators with Hong Kong’s young readers. If you aren’t a donor already, please consider becoming one here.

Whether a parent, teacher or reader, we welcome you to join the Young Readers Festival and to become part of our important and growing community here in Hong Kong!

Simon Westcott & Angela Mackay

Co-chairs

Hong Kong International Literary Festival Limited