WiPS Newsletter (January 2024)

Dear Members

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 |January 26th, 2024|news|0 Comments

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 […]

By |January 25th, 2024|event, news|0 Comments

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, […]

By |January 23rd, 2024|event, news|0 Comments

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

“Anselm Kiefer: Golden Age” – Villepin guided visit

By Carol Dyer

 

Confrontational art on a major scale! One marvels at Kiefer’s concept, enterprise and industrial skill.

It’s a long time since WiPS organized an event at an art gallery. The last (also on Hollywood Road) was to learn about antique maps, which of course embrace an element of publishing. The Anselm Kiefer event, arranged in August when WiPS is traditionally “in recess”, was primarily intended as a social gathering for members […]

By |August 31st, 2023|event, news|0 Comments

WiPS Newsletter: July 2023

Welcome to our Summer newsletter! If you’ve stayed back in the city, you’re probably keeping cool indoors away from the heat and humidity that is July in Hong Kong! Whether you’re working on your Imprint 22 submission or immersing yourself in your summer reads, we hope you’ll take a break and note the exciting events we’ve lined up for the rest of this year. From a gallery visit and poetry workshops to […]

By |July 22nd, 2023|news|0 Comments

Hidden Gem in a Bustling Alleyway

By Do Do Chan

 

On 15 June 2023, seven members of WiPS gathered at 6 Chancery Lane, the proud home of Lok Man Rare Books Limited. Walking into the shop was like walking into the common room of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Solid oak bookshelves lined the premises, complemented with squashy bespoke armchairs and warm lights. Although there was no fireplace, any absence was well compensated by the free flow of […]

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