As the Rabbit hops away and we “enter the Dragon”, 2024 promises to be a year of strength, luck and yes, creativity. We welcome the only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac and embrace its qualities of fiery passion and power as we channel these attributes into literary and visual artistic pursuits. We wish our WiPS community a very Happy New Year and a prosperous Year of the Dragon. We look […]
By Andy Lowe
On 18 January 2024 a group of WiPS members met for an evening of companionship and conversation at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in Causeway Bay. In almost balmy New Year weather we made ourselves comfortable on the cushioned sofas outside the main deck’s bar.
Topics of discussion ranged from big to small, from serious to hilarious, and everything in between. We shared personal anecdotes, jokes and opinions on various […]
By Lesley Hobbs
Elise Hu is a Los Angeles-based journalist, podcaster and author. Between 2015 and 2018 she was the first Seoul Bureau Chief of broadcast media group NPR. In May 2023, she published her first book, Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital, which took a deep but accessible dive into the South Korean beauty industry. Elise then spent a whirlwind six months travelling the USA attending book signings, […]
Winner of the 2022 International Proverse Prize, Battle of the Artisans, Irene Bennett’s well-researched historical novel for teens and young adults, tells the first, and quite plausible, creative fiction story of the Bells of Marquis Yi, a Chinese national treasure. Artistic Tangtun in 5th century BCE China crosses wits with powerful men to discover new abilities that rock his Bronze-Age world. What will matter […]
In our tumultuous and polarized times, understanding and addressing our cognitive biases is crucial. Before we embark on a journey of self-improvement, we must first recognize the forces that shape our choices. “Shackled” ventures into the complex mechanisms of the mind, illuminating the neuroscience behind our biases. Drawing from concepts such as the Bayesian Brain Hypothesis, neural plasticity and the role of neurotransmitters, the […]
By Daniela Alam
“Counting down to our Festive Dinner!” read the WhatsApp group photo caption. Excitement was clearly in the air as WiPS members readied to gather again to celebrate the festive season, an event made impossible during Covid. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club Verandah was the perfect setting for this large and lively group of literary ladies and their books. Green tickets in hand for drinks, Secret Santa gift in tote for swap, […]
By Lesley Hobbs
Sacha Yasumoto is a British-born, Hong Kong-based interior designer, aromatherapist, amateur photographer and urban explorer. Since the start of the global pandemic, she has visited and photographed over 500 abandoned buildings in Hong Kong alone – around 350 of which helped to create her visually stunning coffee table book Loved Then Abandoned 愛逝終棄.
On 26th October, WiPS committee member Lesley Hobbs […]
The slightly cooler weather brings with it the sight of roasted chestnut vendors in our neighbourhoods, and even hints of holly as the city prepares itself for the festive season. As we close out submissions for Imprint 22, we’re looking forward to spending a little more time with you before the […]
By Susan Lavender
Dr Sherryl Clark, long-time writing teacher at Victoria University Polytechnic in Melbourne and the winner of the 2022 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for children’s literature (for her verse novel Mina and the Whole Wide World), is a seasoned poet. Those who attended her two Zoom workshop poetry classes benefited from her wealth of experience. For those who had signed up but were unable to attend the events live, recordings of […]