For the 5 year in a row the HKIYRF has brought renowned authors and illustrators to Hong Kong for a week of discussions, workshops and school visits, with the aim of encouraging a love of reading in kids. There’s also a creative writing competition and a chance for budding authors and illustrators to hone their skills – and some great prizes up for grabs.
Saturday March 12 at Comix Home Base – 7 Mallory St, Wan Chai
10-11am – Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink: Hogart’s creator Blair Reeve will take participants on a quest where they’ll meet some larger than life characters (tickets $80, for ages 4-7)
11.30am -12.30pm – Drawing Dragons: A workshop with author and illustrator Yangsook Choi, where you’ll learn step-by-step techniques for drawing your own magnificent Chinese dragon (tickets $120, ages 6-11)
1.30-2.30pm – The Power of People and Places – a workshop with author Jewell Parker Rhodes where young writers will learn how to create lively characters and vibrant settings (tickets $120, ages 10-12)
3-4pm – Meet Bali and Yangsook: A talk with Bali Rai and Yangsook Choi, both authors who have been influenced by their cross-cultural experiences and use this in their writing (tickets $100, ages 10+)
4.30-6pm – Brain Jack: A talk with Brian Falkner, author of cyber thriller Brain Jack, not to be missed if you’re a technology or science fan (tickets $100, ages 12+)
Sunday March 13 at Growhouse – G/F Baskerville House, 13 Duddell St, Central
10-11am – Monkey Business: Meet Hong Kong’s Sarah Brennan and her latest character in the Chinese Calendar Tale series, the cheeky Ming Kee Monkey (tickets $80, ages 4+)
11.30am -12.30pm – Here, There and Everywhere: Join author Uma Krishnaswami as she introduces you to her colourful characters (tickets $100, ages 8+)
1.30-2.30pm – Magic and Mermaids: Jewell Parker Rhodes talks about her book Bayou Magic and her love for America’s Deep South (tickets $100, ages 8-12)
3-4pm – Write with Bali: A workshop for children aged 10 and up where young writers will learn how to turn ideas into words from this celebrated storyteller (tickets $120)
4.30-6pm – Web of Darkness: Bali Rai explores his cautionary tale in this discussion for ages 15 and over.
Tickets can be purchased online from youngreadersfestival.org.hk/
Looking for more things to do in Hong Kong? Have a look at our ‘Things to do’ page