New Hong Kong Fiction from Kit Fan and Naoise Dolan
HKILF welcomes two authors whose debut novels set in Hong Kong have met with widespread acclaim. Hong Kong-born novelist, poet and critic Kit Fan resurrects shanty town life in the 1980s in Diamond Hill, as recovering heroin addict Buddha encounters drug gangs, Buddhist nuns, property developers, the government and foreign powers, all vying to stake their claim on the land. While Kit Fan explores religion, colonialism and displacement, Irish novelist Naoise Dolan dissects the personal and financial transactions that make up a life. Her novel Exciting Times follows a millennial Irish expat as she negotiates the freedoms and uncertainties of modern love in her liaisons with a male banker and a female lawyer. Join them for a lively conversation with Patrick Holland about colonialism, character, escape, Hong Kong as a setting and much more.
This event is supported by the Consulate General of Ireland.
Authors will appear virtually.
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Kit Fan is a novelist, poet, and critic. Diamond Hill (2021) is his debut novel about Hong Kong. His second poetry collection, As Slow As Possible was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and one of the Irish Times Books of the Year.
Naoise Dolan is an Irish writer born in Dublin. EXCITING TIMES is her first novel, and has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards, Dalkey Literary Awards, and Waterstones Book of the Year.
Patrick Holland is an Australian novelist and short-story writer based in Hong Kong.