About Polly Yu

Polly provides rapid and efficient layout and design with competitive rates. Her major clients include the Gloom, Boom and Doom Report by Dr Marc Faber, the Royal Geographical Society (The Globe), Zetland Hall (annual calendar), India Capital Fund (financial statements) and many more.

Elsie Sze

As a former republic of the Soviet Union, Central Asia’s Kazakhstan is an unusual backdrop for English language fiction. But, interestingly, that is where Elsie Sze has set her fourth and latest novel, Sea Fever, a mystery thriller.

After 15 years of travelling to what is the ninth largest country in the world and getting to know and love the land and its people, […]

Book Club

By Gillian Kew

Our Book Club has now been running for four months and we have read and reviewed four books, with opinions varying from “Meah!” to “Fab!”

We are a warm and friendly group, welcoming all opinions on our book choices and enjoying a lively, inter-book discourse via WhatsApp. During our monthly Zoom sessions, we have some great discussions about the books and the issues they raise. We don’t always agree, but where […]

“Let it roar!” (July Author/Publisher Event)

By Carol Dyer

John Saeki and Pete Spurrier on how to earn your stripes in Hong Kong’s publishing industry. (Moderated by Suzanne Andrews)

Publishing John Saeki’s The Last Tigers of Hong Kong (ISBN: 978-988-75546-1-5) in the Year of the Tiger was serendipitous: Covid had delayed Blacksmith Books’ earlier planned release. It was equally unintentional that WiPS held its event on the eve of the International Day of the Tiger, 29 July (shamefully, we were […]

It’s Never Too Late: Robyn Flemming on “Skinful”

By Rinkoo Ramchandani

When Robyn Flemming co-started WiPS with Polly Yu in the early 1990s, she never imagined that 30 years later she would be sharing the journey of her recently published memoir with its members in a virtual meeting from halfway across the world. On 6 June 2022, on a rainy Hong Kong evening, that’s exactly what she did, zooming in from an equally wet London where she was promoting her book, […]

Robyn Flemming

We all emerge into adulthood bent out of shape to a lesser or greater degree by our experiences as children. The rest of our life’s story is the result of our own doing. But we can change course at any time. Whatever has us in its grip, it’s never too late to make a new path to a different future.

SKINFUL: A Memoir of Addiction is […]

Book Club

By Gillian Kew

It’s been some years since WiPS ran a book club, so we decided to put our toes back in the water and give it another go; after all, we are about anything publishing-related! This book club had to be different, though, as we could no longer meet in person. It had to be by Zoom.

Our […]

WiPS Newsletter: May 2022

Allow me to begin on a high. The kind of high one feels when permitted to walk on a Hong Kong beach once again without fencing preventing your feet from touching sand. The kind of high one revels in when life resumes to near normalcy after claustrophobic pandemic times. And to get you more excited, please read on… “Yes, there are other highs to come!”

Woman at Work: GEANETTE YH YOUNG

Geanette (Gean) Young is an industry analyst who specializes in the alcoholic beverages business. She has recently taken over the company she has worked with for many years from her retired boss.

Gean is also a horse rider – side saddle her favourite seat – and as a Hong Kong-born former consultant to the British Equestrian Federation she was inspired to write her illustrated The Horses of China following a visit to horse-breeder […]

Woman at Work: SADIE KAYE

Sadie Kaye is a Hong Kong writer, performer, filmmaker and podcaster. She makes quirky little podcasts, cheeky docs, and comic slots for RTHK Radio 3. She can currently be heard performing her humour column, “Sharp Pains”, on The 123 Show. Some of her radio columns have also been published in the South China Morning Post. Her absurdist “3 Terrifying Short Stories” about the deranged, sleep-deprived parents of twins were published in the […]

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