Dear Members

Since our last newsletter in January, we have held one of our biggest ever launches of Imprint, once again as a part of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival; we’ve promoted the anthology and Women in Publishing on RTHK Radio 3 over a 45-minute interview; and held an enjoyable long-stitch bookbinding workshop. Our Book Club and Writing Workshop sessions (see website homepage) continue in strength as we unveil what members and non-members can look forward to in the weeks ahead. Our anticipated programmed event with Hong Kong Stories in May is now rescheduled for June.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Hong Kong Stories Update
Thursday, 13 June 2024, 6.30pm
Limited registrations from story tellers has necessitated our 23 May collaboration with Hong Kong Stories being merged with the June show. Join us in supporting our WiPS participants, among other storytellers, as they take centre stage to share their true stories in front of a live audience. Tickets will go on sale in May.

Watercolour Painting
Didn’t get enough of Art Basel in March? Create your very own masterpiece with fellow WiPS members, as Adele Frankle will introduce the fundamentals of watercolours in an intimate group setting on Saturday afternoon, 15 June 2024. Look out for registration details to follow in May.

Imprint 23
The launch of Imprint 22 is still probably fresh in everyone’s mind who attended, but it is not too soon to be gathering your thoughts for submissions to Imprint 23. Please mark the 30 September 2024 deadline in your diaries and get creative. Work from new members and first-time contributors is welcome; and if there are new artists or illustrators in our midst, please let us know.

PAST EVENTS

Launch of Imprint 22
Have you started on your Imprint 23 submission yet? There’s a lot to live up to after Imprint 22 and its animated and extremely well-attended launch party on 7 March. If you were unable to come, please read Jessica Mizzi’s great write up of the evening [https://www.hkwips.com/2024/imprint-22-launch-party/]. We add here a huge debt of gratitude owed to our very generous publishing and event sponsors for simultaneously helping reduce our publishing costs and kindly providing quiz and lucky draw prizes for the launch itself. So, a big shout out please to Dentons, bowers.com, Lok Man Rare Books, Bamboa, Blacksmith Books, Bookazine and The Lion Rock Press. The biggest thank you though is reserved for all WiPS members past, present and never to be forgotten. WiPS is all of you.

Women in Publishing on RTHK Radio 3
On Friday, 5 April, radio producer and presenter Andrew Dembina introduced WiPS on the morning show Brunch as well as showcasing Imprint 22. WiPS members Rinkoo Ramchandani, Natalie Wong and Bhakti Mathur are to be thanked for successfully flying the proverbial banner on air that day! Natalie and Bhakti read from their Imprint 22 submissions and talked to Andrew about their respective writing journeys and inspiration for their pieces, while committee member Rinkoo spoke about WiPS in a broader context to the show’s listeners.

“It was a great experience sharing an excerpt from my short story ‘Jumbo’ on the radio. Reading aloud was a little daunting at first, but I managed to shake off my nerves with  encouragement from my fellow WiPS members. I feel so grateful to be invited, and I hope to continue my writing journey with our wonderful WiPS community.” Natalie Wong

“A magical moment to represent WiPS, a community that has nurtured the poet in me and nudged me to go deep within myself. Reading my Imprint poem on RTHK felt as though I had come full circle, on a difficult journey. It ‘healed’ me. Thank you WiPS for this incredible opportunity.” Bhakti Mathur

Long-stitch Bookbinding
Lesley Hobbs writes: “As the owner of a rather impressive collection (read far too many!) of Moleskine notebooks, I wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity of making my own. Under the inspiring (and patient) tutelage of Senseless Art proprietor Rachel PSmith, my three fellow bookbinding students and I all walked out with two handcrafted leather notebooks after a 3-hour laughter-filled Saturday afternoon, 13 April. You can’t tell from the accompanying photos, but it seems I’m a natural at hammering down accurately on pin headed nails. There’s possibly a story in there somewhere and I have just the notebook in which to jot down my ideas…”

Book Club Outreach
Running a book club during Covid had its downside: members missed the intimacy of meeting face to face. However, Zoom offered the opportunity for overseas members to take part, and that bore happy fruit in mid-April as Gillian Kew met UK-member Karen Moyse in Karen’s hometown of Cheltenham Spa for lunch and a chat! They discussed books and WiPS (of course), and discovered many things they had in common, including Hyson Green where Gillian worked as a student nurse and wrote about in Imprint 22! Parallel paths decades ago finally converged in 2024, thanks to WiPS and the international reach of Zoom! Our May book is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and we meet via Zoom on May 27. Please join us!

See our WiPS website for more details of all WiPS past events.

AND FINALLY…

New Members
A warm welcome to our eight new or returning members who have joined since January 2024: Katharine BeutnerLisa GlasgowNirmala NagarajanMarie Ngom, Jayne RussellShivani Sarwal, Candice Deleveaux Turnquest and Michelle Vickers.