Blossoming Watercolourists

By Rinkoo Ramchandani


WiPS can add a few more artists to its already talented pool! A small group of us met at the charming La Maison Rose in SoHo on a very wet Saturday afternoon where we learnt basic watercolour techniques from Adele Frankle and painted a delicate bouquet of magnolias, tulips and lotus flowers.

Thanks to Adele’s easy listening playlist and the relentless rain, we quickly tuned out the world and sipped our […]

Long-stitch Bookbinding Workshop

by Lesley Hobbs 

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 […]

A radio star (or three!) is born

By Lesley Hobbs

In case you hadn’t already heard, Women in Publishing (WiPS) is now a radio star courtesy of RTHK Radio 3! On 5 April 2024, radio producer and presenter Andrew Dembina, who was filling in for Noreen Mir on Brunch with Noreen, devoted most of the second hour of the show to introducing WiPS to a wider listening audience as well as showcasing two submissions from the latest edition of our […]

IMPRINT 22 is unveiled at the FCC to the who’s who of the Hong Kong literary scene!

By Jessica Mizzi


There was a buzz in the air on Thursday night as the who’s who of the Hong Kong literary scene cleared their calendars for the WiPS night of nights! The launch of the 22nd issue of Imprint, the annual Women in Publishing Society anthology, is certainly a cornerstone event bringing long-term members together while welcoming newcomers like myself.

It’s a slightly daunting task walking into an event knowing no one. I […]

Katharine Beutner joins Book Club with “Killingly”!

By Holly Sykes


American writer, essayist and academic, Katharine Beutner, joined the WiPS Book Club this month to discuss her recent novel Killingly. Set in 1897, Beutner’s haunting story begins with the real-life unsolved disappearance of Bertha Melling, a student at Mount Holyoake in Massachusetts. Intrigue, revelations and terror follow, making it a gripping read for many, including our discerning members.

Katharine began the session with a short presentation about her research for the […]

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New Year Meetup

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 […]

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Flawless: The Quest for Perfection

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, […]

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WiPS Festive Dinner 2023

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 |December 7th, 2023|event, news|0 Comments

Hidden & Haunted: Exploring abandoned buildings

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 […]

By |November 7th, 2023|event, news|0 Comments

“Poetry for All”: Reading and Writing Poetry

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 […]

By |October 8th, 2023|event, news|0 Comments
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