Wish: Schools Poetry Contest
“I would like to live like the trees.” Costa poetry prize winner Mary Jean Chan’s poem, Wish, is the inspiration for this year’s poetry contest for Hong Kong Secondary Schools. HKILF and Writing+ will design an online workshop and other resources for teachers, collect poetry submissions from schools and work with a panel of judges to select the winners, who will read their poems at our closing ceremony alongside local and international poets. Featuring readings from guest poets Mary Jean Chan, Will Harris, Mona Kareem, Alia AlShamsi, Jason Lee, Antony Huen and Tim Tim Cheng.
Authors – Mary Jean Chan, Will Harris, Mona Kareem, Alia AlShamsi – will appear virtually.
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Featuring (click on author names to read more)
Will Harris is a London-based writer and the author of RENDANG (2020).
Mary Jean Chan is the author of Flèche, published by Faber & Faber (2019) and Faber USA (2020). Flèche won the 2019 Costa Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted in 2020 for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. Chan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University.
Mona Kareem is the author of three poetry collections and the translator of Octavia Butler, Ra’ad Abdulqadir, and Ashraf Fayadh.
Alia AlShamsi is an author and artist
Jason Eng Hun Lee (b. 1984) is a mixed British and Chinese-Malaysian poet and academic.
Antony Huen is a writer and academic. His works appear in international journals and elsewhere, including The Best New British and Irish Poets, Hong Kong Review of Books, and The Oxonian Review. He is a Research Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Metropolitan University. @antonyhuen
Cheng Tim Tim currently teaches at HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity.