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November 11, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fringe Underground Theatre

Hannah Bent: When Things are Alive They Hum

​​Hong Kong author Hannah Bent’s debut novel has been praised for its sensitive portrayal of disability, loss and family bonds, and for posing profound questions about the nature of love and existence. Set in Hong Kong and China, it follows Marlowe and Harper, who share a bond deeper than most sisters, shaped by the loss of their mother in childhood. For Harper, living with what she calls the Up syndrome and gifted with an endless capacity for wonder, Marlowe and she are connected by an invisible thread, like the hum that connects all things. For Marlowe, they are bound by her fierce determination to keep Harper, born with a congenital heart disorder, alive. Come and meet the author as she talks with Anthony Dapiran about a stunning debut novel described as “a wise, wondrous celebration of life.” (The Australian) 

This event is supported by the Consulate General of Australia in Hong Kong

Hannah Bent will conduct a writing workshop for adults with disabilities at the Nesbitt Centre during the festival period. For more information contact 

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Hannah Bent was born and raised in Hong Kong. She was the 2013 recipient of the Ray Koppe Young Writers Award for her novel as a work in progress.