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Coming in September from WiPS

WiPS member, Jenny Eagleton, will lead a session to workshop written submissions for Imprint in early September. Please join her over coffee to polish your latest draft in time for the deadline of 30 September. Further submission guidelines may be found here. Saturday, 1 September 2018 10.00 am - 12.00 pm The Lounge, JW Marriott Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, HK The workshop is FREE but participants will pay for any food/drink they order Contact: Please rsvp if you wish to attend. Attendance [...]

WiPS New Website

Thanks to all who joined us at the end of June for the launch of our new website and for their thoughtful input. We are grateful to Maarten Swemmer of Apprique who built the website for us and to Elise for working with him. Elise will look after our website going forward. We are proud to present the new WiPS website for your perusal. The new website will soon appear under our original web address. Please click through and take a look. Do remember [...]

More News from WiPS

HKWiPS founders, Linda Pelham, Polly Yu, and Robyn Flemming, were recently reunited in London. Member News This summer Elizabeth Briel will be in San Francisco, working in an art studio above the small art/design/restaurant complex Palette SF. Members are welcome to visit and stop by for a chat and coffee, or a fabulous lunch downstairs. She'll be in the studio Monday-Saturday throughout July, making paints by hand and creating imaginary visual memories of a [...]

Famine’s Claws

By Nirmala Nagarajan   “Rina didi, Rina didi, don’t leave. Please don’t go. Please.” Her two younger brothers sobbed, as their bony hands tightened their grasp around eleven-year-old Rina. She had to wrench herself free and clamber into the waiting bus. She rushed in, clutching her red cloth bag, nimbly weaved her way through the crowd and found a window seat while other passengers shoved, pushed and tried to force themselves on-board. [...]

Childhood River

By Barbara Gregor   My aunt died at eighty-nine. She stayed on the farm on the river tending her shrinking gardens as long as she could. Younger sister, youngest cousin. Last of her generation. Let us go back to remember together, meet the grown children of cousins, my sister said.   It took a day and two planes to fly across a continent written over with cultivation and irrigation and roads, fields [...]

The Tale of Laughter

By Agustin Servant   Long ago, in the desolated world Everyone and everything was bored It was all gloomy and dark-red I got out from my bed And every day was the same Everyone was in shame No, there was not any joy Because Laughter was taken away from every girl and boy.   I looked at my notebook and read the poem I’d written for my son, Jack. So many memories [...]

Give Voice to Your Story: How to Read to an Audience

Part of the Hong Kong Spoken Word Festival It’s not often that the FCC is full of so many people practicing vocal exercises and working to improve their vocal variety. Many thanks to David Pope of All Voice Talent for sharing his time and talent with WiPS. Hopefully, with a bit of practice, we’ll be better prepared to share our work with the world. Thanks also to the Hong Kong Spoken Word Festival for helping [...]

Woman at Work: Brooke Hardwick

Each month we feature an introduction to one of our members. This month we hear from Brooke Hardwick. Brooke Hardwick: Living the Write Life My life in literature began in 1998 as a high school English teacher in Australia. In the subsequent decades I taught and travelled the world. From Catholic schools in Glasgow to Agricultural schools in Queensland, Co-operative schools in London and Government schools in Hong Kong; my career has been [...]