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Hong Kong Writers Circle Podcast

News, How-To's and interviews from the heart of the Hong Kong literary scene. For almost 25 years, the Hong Kong Writers Circle (HKWC) has been a stalwart of Hong Kong’s literary scene, creating an environment in which writers develop their skills and hone their craft, while increasing their knowledge of the publishing industry with the support of their peers. Our members come from all corners of the globe and range from published professionals to the aspiring amateur. Get inspired, get involved and get in touch with the Hong Kong Writers Circle at hkwriterscircle.com. Then get on with some writing! Produced by SCC Overton.
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Dec 22, 2016

Photo credit: Hans Põldoja

 

This episode is a mini anthology of short festive stories by members of the Hong Kong Writers Circle (HKWC), and our friends at the Singapore Writers' Group (SWG).

 

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Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 23: Christmas Tales

 

Timings

 

01:00 - It's All the Tree's Fault by Cindy Lam (HKWC)
11:50 - Tinsel Town by Bronwyn Sharman (SWG)
21:50 - Crumble by Reena Bhojwani (HKWC)
33:40 - A Squarely Bumpy Ride by Lucia Damacela (SWG)
42:50 - Interlude: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by John Sayles
45:30 - Spectres of Christmas by Raphael Chim (HKWC)
46:40 - A Costly Christmas by S Mickey Lin (SWG)
57:30 - Now That's What I Call Christmas by Ian Greenfield (HKWC)
71:20 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle
Singapore Writers' Group
Hong Kong Future Perfect - the HKWC's latest print anthology
Jame Dibiasio - for information about Bloody Paradise
Simon Berry - for information about A Wasting Asset
Simon's website
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Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 23: Christmas Tales was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

The stories were, from the Hong Kong Writers Circle:
It's all the tree's fault by Cindy Lam
Crumble by Reena Bhojwani
Spectres of Christmas by Raphael Chim
Now That's What I Call Christmas by Ian Greenfield
And from the Singapore Writers' Group:
Tinsel Town by Bronwyn Sharman
A Squarely Bumpy Ride by Lucia Damacela
A Costly Christmas by S Mickey Lin
Copyright for individual stories held by the authors.

The podcast theme music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.
Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The backing music to the stories was Wish Background by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.
Wish Background (Kevin MacLeod)

The interlude music was God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by John Sayles, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (John Sayles)

If you are an author, publisher or musician and would like to collaborate on an episode of this podcast or for any other feedback please click here to email, using the subject line "Podcast". Members of the HKWC are encouraged to get in touch with ideas, interview suggestions, audio essays and other ways to collaborate, including production assistance.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

 

 

Dec 12, 2016

Hong Kong Future Perfect

 

In this episode Peter Humphreys and Elizabeth Solomon introduce the new Hong Kong Writers Circle anthology, Hong Kong Future Perfect. We discuss the writing, editing and production of our annual anthologies, and how they help to keep the voice of Hong Kong alive.

 

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Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 22: Hong Kong Future Perfect

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Interview with the editors of Hong Kong Future Perfect
25:50 - Reading: "The Help" by Elizabeth Solomon, read by SCC Overton
27:30 - Interlude: Bach, Goldberg #31
34:40 - Reading: "An Elevated Status" by Peter Humphreys
58:00 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Hong Kong Future Perfect - click here for information about the anthology
Elizabeth's website
Peter's website
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe to the podcast on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 22: Hong Kong Future Perfect was produced by SCC Overton.

 

For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Hong Kong Future Perfect, published by the Hong Kong Writers Circle, with copyright for individual stories held by the authors.

The podcast theme music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.
Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The interlude music was Variation #31 Aria da Capo e` Fine by J.S. Bach from The Open Goldberg Variations, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka, which is in the public domain.

If you are an author, publisher or musician and would like to collaborate on an episode of this podcast or for any other feedback please click here to email, using the subject line "Podcast". Members of the HKWC are encouraged to get in touch with ideas, interview suggestions, audio essays and other ways to collaborate, including production assistance.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

 

 

Dec 6, 2016

 

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 21: Engaging Little Readers

 

In this episode SCC Overton presents an essay about writing for the Hong Kong children's book market. He gives an overview of the process of acquiring reading skills, and looks at the different types of books available to emerging readers in Hong Kong. The Writing Masterclass for this episode is How to Write a Book for Children in Hong Kong.

Before that is the final part of the four-part panel discussion with Reena Bhojwani, Blair Reeve, Jane Houng and SCC Overton, on books we consider to be excellent examples of children's literature and what we can learn from them as writers. In this episode we discuss Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri.

 

Engaging Little Readers

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Panel Discussion: Dragons Love Tacos
18:30 - Interlude: Rockets by Shy Kids
21:00 - Engaging Little Readers by SCC Overton
41:30 - Copyright information

 

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Links

 

Simon's website
Blair's website
Jane's website
Reena's website
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
Chalk - mentioned by Blair
The Snowman - mentioned by Simon
A Goofy "Everyman" cartoon on YouTube - mentioned by Simon
Proust and the Squid by Maryanna Wolf - a good book about the history and science of reading
English not the first language in 240 schools - a report from the Independent newspaper
Mr Happy by Roger Hargreaves
Wet Feet by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Typoglycemia - the ability to read words with jumbled middle letters
Black Books: Elephants and Hens on YouTube
Mr Men: Mr Happy on YouTube
Hong Kong Writers Circle
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Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 21: Engaging Little Readers was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri published by Penguin,
and Wet Feet by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta, published by Oxford University Press
Audio exerpts were from the television series Black Books produced by Big Hat Productions in association with Channel 4, and
the Mr Happy episode of the 1974 television series of the Mr Men, produced by Flicks Films.
Audio for the last two was sourced from YouTube and as the exerpts are for non-profit, critical and educational purposes, should qualify as fair use.

The podcast theme music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.
Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The interlude music was Rockets by Shy Kids from the album, Lofty! used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial ShareAlike 4.0 licence.
Rockets (Shy Kids) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The panel discussion music was Let's Bake Something and Sunrise, two pieces from the piano cycle For Children by Béla Bartók, performed by Josephine Chan.

If you are an author, publisher or musician and would like to collaborate on an episode of this podcast or for any other feedback please click here to email, using the subject line "Podcast". Members of the HKWC are encouraged to get in touch with ideas, interview suggestions, audio essays and other ways to collaborate, including production assistance.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

 

 

Oct 19, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 20: Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson

 

In this episode Reena Bhojwani introduces her children's book "Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson". She describes the journey she took from the initial pitch to the final picture book, and outlines her objectives for young readers. Blair Reeve also joins the discussion.

Following that is the third of the four-part panel discussion with myself, Reena, Blair and Jane Houng, on books we consider to be excellent examples of children's literature and what we can learn from them as writers. In this episode we discuss The Lorax by Dr Seuss.

 

Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson

 

Timings

 

00:00 - The development of Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson
08:30 - Reading: "What happened, Roxy?"
43:40 - Interlude: Which Wine? by Shy Kids
45:30 - Panel Discussion: The Lorax
65:30 - Copyright information

 

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Links

 

Reena's website - including information on Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson and Inspired Muse
Bhakti Mathur - children's author mentioned by Reena
Christina Matula-Häkli - children's author mentioned by Reena
RSA Animate: The Power of Outrospection - a talk on empathy mentioned by Simon
An overview of Bloom's Taxonomy - mentioned by Simon
The Lorax by Dr Seuss
YouTube clip of 1972 TV special of The Lorax
YouTube clip of 2012 feature film of The Lorax
Blair's website
Jane's website

Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
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Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 20: Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Surprising Mrs Rhubarbson by Reena Bhojwani published by Inspired Muse;
and from The Lorax by Dr Seuss published by Random House.
Exerpts were also from the 1972 television special of The Lorax, produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises;
and from the 2012 feature film, The Lorax, by Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment.
Audio for the last two was sourced from YouTube and as the exerpts are for non-profit, critical and educational purposes, should qualify as fair use.

The podcast theme music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.
Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The interlude music was Which Wine? by Shy Kids from the album, Lofty! used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial ShareAlike 4.0 licence.
Which Wine? (Shy Kids) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The panel discussion music was Let's Bake Something and Sunrise, two pieces from the piano cycle For Children by Béla Bartók, performed by Josephine Chan.

If you are an author, publisher or musician and would like to collaborate on an episode of this podcast or for any other feedback please click here to email, using the subject line "Podcast". Members of the HKWC are encouraged to get in touch with ideas, interview suggestions, audio essays and other ways to collaborate, including production assistance.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

 

Aug 12, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 19: Cat Soup

 

In this episode Jane Houng introduces her children's book, Cat Soup and Other Short Stories. She discusses the development of the three chapter books that make up the collection and how they were tailored to a Hong Kong context.

Following that is the second of the four-part panel discussion with Jane, Simon, Reena Bhojwani and Blair Reeve on books they consider to be excellent examples of children's literature and what writers can learn from them. In this episode they discuss The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.

 

Cat Soup and Other Short Stories

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Writing and editing Cat Soup
09:40 - Reading: Who's Boss Now?
22:50 - Interlude: Flow Thru Another by Shy Kids
26:00 - Panel Discussion: The Paper Bag Princess
46:10 - Copyright information

 

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Links

 

Jane's website - including links, reviews and readings for Cat Soup
Babette Cole - children's author mentioned by Jane
Lauren Child - children's author mentioned by Jane
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Reena's website
Blair's website
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
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Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 19: Cat Soup was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Cat Soup and Other Short Stories by Jane Houng published by QX Publishing Co; and
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, published by Annick Press.

The podcast theme music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.
Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The interlude music was Flow Thru Another by Shy Kids from the album, Lofty! used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial ShareAlike 4.0 licence.
Flow Thru Another (Shy Kids) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The panel discussion music was Let's Bake Something and Sunrise, two pieces from the piano cycle For Children by Béla Bartók, performed by Josephine Chan.

If you are an author, publisher or musician and would like to collaborate on an episode of this podcast or for any other feedback please click here to email, using the subject line "Podcast". Members of the HKWC are encouraged to get in touch with ideas, interview suggestions, audio essays and other ways to collaborate, including production assistance.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

 

Jul 26, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 18: Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink

 

In this episode Blair Reeve introduces his children's book, Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink. He discusses the origins and influences of the book, and the pleasures of writing in verse. Reena Bhojwani also joins the discussion, sharing experiences of working with illustrators.

Following that is the first of a four-part panel discussion with Simon, Blair, Reena and Jane Houng, on books they consider to be excellent examples of children's literature and what writers can learn from them. In this episode the panel discusses Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything by Lenore Look.

 

Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Writing and editing Hogart
09:40 - Opinions from readers
12:20 - Reading: The earthworm and the robin
24:20 - Interlude: Forest Friends by Shy Kids
26:20 - Themes of Hogart and working with illustrators
52:20 - Panel Discussion: Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything
76:20 - Copyright information

 

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Links

 

Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink
Blair's website
The Half-Known World by Robert Boswell Blair mentions 'narrative spandrels' from this book
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything
Reena's website
Jane's website
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
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Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 18: Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink, written by Blair Reeve and illustrated by Chris Stapp, published by Anapest Press; and
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything, written by Lenore Look and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf, published by Atheneum Books.

The podcast theme music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.
Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The interlude music was Forest Friends by Shy Kids from the album, Lofty! used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial ShareAlike 4.0 licence.
Forest Friends (Shy Kids) / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The panel discussion music was Let's Bake Something and Sunrise, two pieces from the piano cycle For Children by Béla Bartók, performed by Josephine Chan.

If you are an author, publisher or musician and would like to collaborate on an episode of this podcast or for any other feedback please click here to email, using the subject line "Podcast". Members of the HKWC are encouraged to get in touch with ideas, interview suggestions, audio essays and other ways to collaborate, including production assistance.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

 

Jun 20, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 17: That Man in Our Lives

 

Xu Xi introduces her new novel, That Man in Our Lives, wherein the enigmatic Gordon Marc Ashberry ("Gordie") disappears during a flight delay in Japan, leaving his friends and family to ponder his whereabouts and what he means to all of them in his absence.

Xu Xi and Simon discuss the novel's themes of friendship, of Chinese-American relationships and of writing itself. They also look at how Cantonese and Mandarin can be incorporated into English language writing. The Writing Masterclass is 'How to be a Transnational Writer'.

 

Simon and Xu Xi at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival - Photo by Laura Ho

Simon and Xu Xi in conversation at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival on 14 June, 2016, shortly after this podcast was recorded. Photo by Laura Ho.

 

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Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction - That Man in Our Lives
17:20 - Reading 1: Gordie disappears
19:20 - Themes and issues
38:00 - Reading 2: Larry Woo writes about Gordie
39:40 - Interlude: The Miss and the Man by Dazie Mae
43:20 - Editing and publishing
71:40 - Writing Masterclass: How to be a transnational writer
77:40 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

That Man in Our Lives - the book, the soundtrack and relevant events
Xu Xi's author website
C & R Press - publisher of That Man in Our Lives
Nixon in China - opera by John Adams
A Dream of Red Mansions 紅樓夢 - the classical Chinese novel
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Flower Drum Song by CY Lee
Maxine Hong Kingston
Amy Tan
Pearl Buck
Ha Jin
Cormac McCarthy
Cantonese Romanisation systems
Authors At Large
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe to the podcast on I Tunes

 

That Man in Our Lives

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 17: That Man in Our Lives was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from That Man in Our Lives by Xu Xi published by C & R Press.

The music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.

Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The interlude music was The Miss & the Man by Dazie Mae from the album, Seasonal Affective Disorder used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 license.

The Miss & the Man (Dazie Mae) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

If you are an author, publisher or musician and would like to collaborate on an episode of this podcast or for any other feedback please click here to email, using the subject line "Podcast". Members of the HKWC are encouraged to get in touch with ideas, interview suggestions, audio essays and other ways to collaborate, including production assistance.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork. Special thanks to C & R Press for an advance copy of That Man in Our Lives.

 

 

May 25, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 16: South China Morning Blues

 

Ray Hecht discusses his novel South China Morning Blues, published by our friends at Blacksmith Books. The novel concerns an ensemble of characters living their lives in the cities of the Pearl River Delta.

The Writing Masterclass is "How to Write an Ensemble Novel".

 

Simon and Ray

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introducing the novel
16:30 - Extract 1: "It's a cool party..."
19:40 - The characters
29:20 - Extract 2: Archetypes
30:00 - Themes of the novel
44:20 - Extract 3: The South China Conundrum
46:40 - Interlude: Drink Beer (Till the Day That I Die) by Dazie Mae
49:00 - Masterclass: How to write an ensemble novel
69:00 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

South China Morning Blues published by Blacksmith Books
Ray's website and blog
Half the World Global Literati Award mentioned by Simon
Scott McCloud's 'Understanding Comics' mentioned by Ray
HK Lit Fest promo (Xu Xi in conversation with SCC Overton)
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe to the podcast on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 16: South China Morning Blues was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from South China Morning Blues by Ray Hecht published by Blacksmith Books.

The music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.

Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The interlude music was Drink Beer (Till the Day That I Die) by Dazie Mae from the album, Velvet Dress and Stockings, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 license.

Drink Beer (Till The Day That I Die) (Dazie Mae) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

If you are an author, publisher or musician and would like to collaborate on an episode of this podcast or for any other feedback please click here to email, using the subject line "Podcast". Members of the HKWC are encouraged to get in touch with ideas, interview suggestions, audio essays and other ways to collaborate, including production assistance.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

 

 

May 2, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 15: Editing Tales of Two Cities

 

S Mickey Lin talks about the editing process of our shared anthology Tales of Two Cities.

Tales of Two Cities Back Cover

 

There are also readings from the Hong Kong based contributors.

 

Joy and Carsten

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction - Ongoing interview with S Mickey Lin
01:10 - Extract 1: The Beekeeper of Hong Kong by Elizabeth Solomon (read by Simon)
06:30 - Extract 2: The Concrete People by Carsten John
13:40 - Extract 3: Free the Yau Ley One by Kim Grant (read by Simon)
21:40 - Extract 4: Window on the World by Jane Wallace (read by Simon)
27:20 - Interlude: Singapore by The Advocates and anthology launch promotion
33:00 - Extract 5: Windfall in Wan Chai by Joy Al-Sofi
38:40 - Extract 6: Three Fingered Wu & Daisy Chu by Lawrence Gray (read by Simon)
46:30 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Tales of Two Cities
The Singapore Writers' Group
Ethos Books
Andrew Fiu - mentioned by Mickey
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal - mentioned by Simon
Mickey's website
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe to the podcast on I Tunes

 

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 15: Editing Tales of Two Cities was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Tales of Two Cities edited by Alice Clark-Platts, S. Mickey Lin, Edmund Price and Harmony Sin, co-published by the imprint Ethos Books, the Hong Kong Writers Circle and the Singapore Writers Group.

The music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.

Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The interlude music was Singapore by The Advocates, used with permission.

If you are an author, publisher or musician and would like to collaborate on an episode of this podcast or for any other feedback please click here to email, using the subject line "Podcast". Members of the HKWC are encouraged to get in touch with ideas, interview suggestions, audio essays and other ways to collaborate, including production assistance.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

 

Apr 14, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 14: Contributing Tales of Two Cities

 

Members of the Singapore Writers Group discuss their contributions to our shared anthology Tales of Two Cities.

The Writing Masterclass is 'How to write about a city'.

 

Bronwyn, Wan Phing, Magali, Mickey, Vanessa, Sebrina, Simon

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction - Ongoing interview
08:10 - Extract 1: The Apex by S Mickey Lin (read by Simon)
16:50 - Extract 2: The Red Kemboja Tree by Wan Phing Lim
25:30 - Extract 3: Dreams for Free by Vanessa Deza Hangad
38:30 - Extract 4: Fairprice Baby by Magali Finet (read by Simon)
44:30 - Interlude: City Breeze by Tab & Anitek and anthology launch promotion
51:10 - Extract 5: Port of Call by Sebrina Somers
61:40 - Extract 6: The Game of Virus by Bronwyn Sharman
64:00 - Writing Masterclass: How to write about a city
70:00 - Copyright information

Click here for additional readings by Shola Olowu-Asante, Lucia Damacela and Irena Cristalis

Irena, Shola and Lucia

 

Links

 

Tales of Two Cities
The Singapore Writers' Group
Ethos Books
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe to the podcast on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 14: Contributing Tales of Two Cities was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this podcast and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Tales of Two Cities edited by Alice Clark-Platts, S. Mickey Lin, Edmund Price and Harmony Sin, co-published by the imprint Ethos Books, the Hong Kong Writers Circle and the Singapore Writers Group.

The music was Jingle Jazz by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 licence.

Jingle Jazz (Quantum Jazz) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The interlude music was City Breeze by Tab & Anitek from the album, Sights & Sounds used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 license.

City Breeze (Tab & Anitek) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

If you are an author, publisher or musician and would like to collaborate on an episode of this podcast or for any other feedback please click here to email, using the subject line "Podcast". Members of the HKWC are encouraged to get in touch with ideas, interview suggestions, audio essays and other ways to collaborate, including production assistance.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Feb 29, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 13: Parents and Teachers

 

Pat Kozyra introduces her book, Tips and Tidbits for Parents and Teachers: Celebrating Fifty Years in the Classroom and Sharing What I've Learned. Pat reflects on the writing and editing process, the difficulty of dealing with online retailers, and intersperses some friendly advice for anyone who works with children.

 

Pat Kozyra

 

In the second half of the episode SCC Overton shares an essay, My Life as a Parent Through Eight Books - a reflection on the ideas and philosophies of the various manuals, memoirs and manifestos that have influenced him as a parent.

 

Photo by Simon Overton

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction
05:50 - Extract from Tips and Tidbits
09:20 - The writing and editing process
22:10 - Interlude: Thaw (Outro) by Kai Engel
24:00 - Publicity and translation
30:40 - Extract: I'm Special
33:30 - Essay: My Life as a Parent Through Eight Books
52:00 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Pat Kozyra's website
Buy Tips and Tidbits from Amazon or Barnes and Noble
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 13: Parents and Teachers was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Tips and Tidbits for Parents and Teachers by Pat Kozyra published by Strategic Books Publishing and Rights Company;
What to Expect When You're Expecting, Fourth Edition by Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff and Sharon Mazel published by Pocket Books;
The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance by Joe and Louis Borgenicht, published by Quirk Books;
Dr Spock's Baby and Child Care, 9th Edition by Benjamin Spock and Robert Needlman published by Gallery Books;
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua published by Bloomsbury;
Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon published by Scribner International;
New Toddler Taming by Christopher Green published by Random House;
Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, An Autobiography by JG Ballard first edition published by Fourth Estate; and
The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson published by Penguin Books.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

Additional music was "Thaw (Outro)" (for the interlude) and "February" (background music for I'm Special) by Kai Engel from the album, Chapter One / Cold used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license.

If you are a musician and would like to feature on this podcast or for any other feedback please email using the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 22, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 12: Gaijin Cowgirl

 

Jame Dibiasio introduces his crime novel Gaijin Cowgirl, in which Val Benson, an American woman working in a Japanese hostess bar, becomes involved in a treasure hunt around South East Asia following the death of her most wealthy client.

Jame discusses the novel's plot, themes and production with SCC Overton, concluding with the Writing Masterclass: How to Write a Crime Novel.

 

Jame and Simon

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction
04:40 - Extract 1 from Gaijin Cowgirl
07:20 - About the novel
21:20 - Extract 2 from Gaijin Cowgirl
26:00 - The writing process
36:10 - Interlude: Untitled #1 by Yusuke Tsutsumi
38:30 - Themes and issues
52:30 - Extract from Bloody Paradise
53:50 - Writing Masterclass: How to write a crime novel
77:50 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Jame Dibiasio's blog
Simon's website
Ian Buruma's writings on Japanese culture - Jame
"Guess who's not coming back" - Simon
"You didn't notice it, but your brain did" - Simon
Crime Wave Press
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 12: Gaijin Cowgirl was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame Dibiasio published by Crime Wave Press and Bloody Paradise also by Jame Dibiasio published by Water Street Crime. Gaijin Cowgirl and Bloody Paradise © Jame Dibiasio.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

The interlude music was Untitled #1 by Yusuke Tsutsumi from the album, Birds Flying in the Dark used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license.

If you are a musician and would like to feature on this podcast or for any other feedback please email using the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 11: Visa, Stickers and Other Matters of the Soul

 

Lom Harshni Chauhan introduces her parenting memoir Visa, Stickers and Other Matters of the Soul, where she reflects upon the spiritual journey she undertook with her daughter whilst living in China.

Lom discusses parenthood and spirituality with SCC Overton, especially the practical aspects of being a parent and writing about it critically at the same time. The Writing Masterclass this time is How to Write a Memoir.

This episode was first published in April 2015.

 

Lom and Simon

 

Timings

 

00:00 Introduction - Thoughts on parenting
23:30 The writing and publication process
37:50 Writing Masterclass: How to write a memoir
51:20 Copyright Information

 

Links

 

Lom's website
Lom writing for the The Hindu
The Huffington Post review
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 11: Visa, Stickers and Other Matters of the Soul was produced by SCC Overton.
For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Visa, Stickers and Other Matters of the Soul by Lom Harshni Chauhan published by Pan Macmillan India and Two Women from India, and God: A Review of 'Visa, Stickers and Other Matters of the Soul' by Vamsee Juluri from the Huffington Post.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

If you are a musician and would like to feature on this podcast or for any other feedback please email using the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 10: Hong Kong Gothic

 

Hong Kong Gothic is an anthology of short fiction published in 2015 by the Hong Kong Writers Circle. The stories creep, slither and claw their way from the perilously steep streets of Sheung Wan to the dark tunnels of the MTR and on into the jungle wilderness of the New Territories, showing you a side of Hong Kong you did not suspect and will not forget.

SCC Overton gives an overview of the gothic genre and speaks to anthology editor Edmund Price about Hong Kong Gothic. He then considers one of the most notorious opening lines to a novel in the Writing Masterclass: How (not) to Open a Novel.

 

Hong Kong Gothic

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction
00:30 - Extract 1: The Girl Above by Ian Greenfield
01:40 - What is gothic literature?
05:50 - Interview with Edmund Price, part 1: Introducing the anthology
16:00 - Extract 2: The Taxidermist by Sophia Greengrass
18:30 - Interview, part 2: History of gothic literature - Editing and publication
36:30 - Extract 3: Lavender Song by Nancy K W Leung
39:00 - Interlude: The Crazy Cries of Love by Joni Mitchell
39:30 - Writing Masterclass: How (not) to Open a Novel
43:50 - Copyright Information

 

Links

 

The Hong Kong Gothic anthology
The Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest
In Defence of Purple Prose - article
Edmund's website
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information 

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 10: Hong Kong Gothic was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from:
"The Girl Above" by Ian Greenfield, "The Taxidermist" by Sophia Greengrass, and "Lavender Song" by Nancy K W Leung from 'Hong Kong Gothic' edited by Kate Hawkins, Edmund Price and Marnie Walker published by the Hong Kong Writers Circle;
'The Castle of Otranto' by Horace Walpole;
'Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory' by JA Cuddon published by Penguin;
'Paul Clifford' by Edward Bulwer-Lytton;
"The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest"; and
"In Defence of Purple Prose" by Paul West from The New York Times.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

The interlude music was an extract from The Crazy Cries of Love by Joni Mitchell. Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

If you are a musician and would like to feature on this podcast or for any other feedback please email using the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 9: Writing About the City

 

SCC Overton reflects on the issues of writing about a city and reads from some authors who have done this successfully.

 

Photo by SCCO

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction - Manhattan - Dickens
08:00 - City as character cliche - Henry Miller in New York
11:00 - Interlude: Old City Walls by Salt Water Medicine
12:20 - Henry Miller in Paris - Zola
15:50 - JG Ballard - Will Self - Dr Johnson
24:50 - Copyright Information

 

Links

 

Salt Water Medicine - interlude music
JG Ballard documentary on Youtube
Simon's website
Tales of Two Cities - HKWC anthology
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 9: Writing About the City was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from:
'Charles Dickens' London' by Andrew Sanders published by Robert Hale;
'Barnaby Rudge' and 'The Uncommercial Traveller' by Charles Dickens;
'Black Spring' and 'The Air-Conditioned Nightmare' by Henry Miller published by Panther Books;
'Quiet Days in Clichy' by Henry Miller published by The Olympia Press;
'Pot Luck' by Emile Zola translated by Brian Nelson published by Oxford World Classics;
'High Rise' by JG Ballard published by Harper Perennial;
"The Drowned World" (article) by Peter Brigg published in Survey of Science Fiction Literature (1979) Salem Press;
"JG Ballard on the South Bank Show" by ITV;
'Psychogeography' by Will Self published by Bloomsbury;
'The Life of Samuel Johnson' by James Boswell;
'Manhattan' by United Artists; and
'They Came Together' by Lionsgate Entertainment.

Audio exerpts were sourced from Youtube. Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

The interlude music for this episode was 'Old City Walls' from Montenegro by Salt Water Medicine, used with permission.

If you are a musician and would like to feature on this podcast or for any other feedback please email using the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 8: Hitchcock Films

 

SCC Overton draws ten tips for writing better stories from the works of master director Alfred Hitchcock.

 

 

The Birds

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction
02:10 - (1) Reactions
05:40 - (2) Endings
09:50 - (3) Relevance
11:30 - (4) Knowledge
13:30 - (5) Subtext
16:20 - (6) Simultaneity
18:30 - (7) MacGuffin
21:20 - (8) Support
23:40 - (9) Action
25:20 - (10) Visuals
27:00 - Copyright Information

 

Links

 

Steven DeRosa's Youtube channel
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 8: Hitchcock Films was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from:
'Writing With Hitchcock' by Steven DeRosa published by Faber and Faber;
'Hitchcock On Hitchcock' edited by Sidney Gottlieb published by University of California Press;
'Hitchcock' by François Truffaut published by Simon and Schuster;
'Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman' by Donald Spoto published by Da Capo Press;
"Rear Window Ethics: Remembering and Restoring a Hitchcock Classic" and "All About 'The Birds'" by Universal Pictures; and
"'Strangers on a Train': An Appreciation by M Night Shayamalan" and "The Wrong Man" by Warner Brothers.

Audio exerpts were sourced from Youtube. Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.
Additional music for this episode was 'Funeral March of a Marionette' by Charles Gounod, arranged for classical guitar.

If you are a musician and would like to feature on this podcast or for any other feedback please email using the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 7: Odds and Sods

 

Lawrence Gray discusses his short story collection, Odds and Sods. Prepare for a dose of reality as Lawrence muses on the writing life, his prose and the development of the Hong Kong Writers Circle, via an eclectic mix of authors, references and asides.

 

Simon and Lawrence

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction to Odds and Sods: stories and themes
56:10 - Interlude - music by Lawrence Gray
57:10 - History of the HKWC and reflections on the writing life
83:00 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Lawrence Gray's website
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 7: Odds and Sods was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Odds and Sods by Lawrence Gray published by Proverse.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

The interlude music was performed by Lawrence Gray.

If you are a musician and would like to feature on this podcast or for any other feedback please email using the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 6: Women in Writing

 

SCC Overton is joined by Tracy Swemmer, Sarah Merrill Mowat and Flora Qian to discuss issues related to women in writing. They look at the influence of feminism on modern writing and reading, the idea of Women’s Fiction as a genre label and special considerations for Asian women. This episode’s Writing Masterclass is: How to Write About Women.

 

 

Simon, Tracy, Sarah and Flora

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction - Overview of Feminism
07:20 - Introduction to WiPS
16:40 - Women in writing in China
30:00 - Women's fiction and genre
46:00 - Translating Sophie Kinsella into Chinese
54:00 - Writing Masterclass: How to write about women
74:10 - Copyright Information

 

Links

 

The WiPS website
Vida and The Baileys Prize - mentioned by Tracy
Kelly Falconer - the literary agent mentioned by Sarah
Mo Yan, Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong, Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui, Candy by Mian Mian - authors and books mentioned by Simon and Flora
Asian book cover cliches and Gendered book covers (Maureen Johnson's Coverflip) - Simon
Interview with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Tracy
Shopaholic and Sister - Flora
The Bechdel Test
Germaine Greer - Tracy
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 6: Women in Writing was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

The exerpt was from Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon published by Scribner International.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 5: Nine

 

Shobha Nihalani introduces Curse of the Kalingan, the first in her 'Nine' trilogy of paranormal thrillers. She discusses the development of the novel and its themes of spirituality, conflict and perspectives on India with SCC Overton, and concludes with the Writing Masterclass: How to Write a Thriller.

 

Simon and Shobha

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction, plot, mythology and characters
15:00 - Extract 1 - Reflections on 'the Nine'
16:20 - Themes
29:00 - Extract 2 - The Pursuit of Akash
31:40 - Development of the trilogy
39:00 - Writing Masterclass: How to Write a Thriller
52:50 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Shobha's website
The Nine Unknown Men - Wikipedia
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 5: Nine was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Nine Book 1: Curse of the Kalingan by Shobha Nihalani published in Penguin Metro Reads by Penguin Books India.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 4: Another Hong Kong

 

Peter Humphreys and Reena Bhojwani discuss Another Hong Kong, the HKWC’s 2014 anthology of short stories and poetry. There are readings by Peter and Reena, as well as by Leela Devi Panikar and Kate Hawkins. In this episode’s Writing Masterclass, Simon, Peter and Reena discuss writing Chinese characters – that is, characters who are Chinese.

 

Jame and Simon

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction - the writers and stories
09:10 - Extract - Peter Humphreys
16:40 - The editing process
24:10 - Extract - Reena Bhojwani
26:10 - Reena's writing process
28:40 - Extract - Leela Devi Panikar
36:30 - Themes and ideas
47:10 - Writing Masterclass: How to write Chinese characters
63:20 - Extract - Kate Hawkins
65:00 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Another Hong Kong anthology
Peter's website
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 4: Another Hong Kong was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Another Hong Kong edited by Simon Berry, Katrina Hamlin, Kate Hawkins and Peter Humphreys published by the Hong Kong Writers Circle. Stories and poems © The Authors.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

For any other feedback please email us using the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 3: Writers Manuals

 

SCC Overton discusses the pro’s, problems and prevalence of writers manuals with Katrina Hamlin, co-editor of the new HKWC anthology Another Hong Kong. Simon also interviews Edmund Price about the books he has read for the MFA in Creative Writing at City University and finds some surprising connections between five rather different authors.

 

Jame and Simon

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Writers Manuals audio essay, with Katrina Hamlin
07:30 - Interview with Edmund Price about craft books
21:00 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Another Hong Kong anthology
Website of Lynne Truss (Eats, Shoots and Leaves)
Economist Style Guide
Guardian Style Guide
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 3: Writers Manuals was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Books mentioned or quoted:
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss;
Economist Style Guide;
Guardian Style Guide;
The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera;
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf;
On Writing by Stephen King;
Negotiating with the Dead by Margaret Atwood; and
Aspects of the Novel by EM Forster.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

For any feedback please email us using the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 2: Nothing Gained

 

Phillip Y Kim talks about his financial thriller, Nothing Gained, including the novel’s development from its first appearance in a HKWC critique group through to its publication by Penguin. Phillip and Simon also discuss the use and abuse of technical jargon in genre novels, the issues involved in making your main character the opposite sex, and the relative merits of writing what you know.

 

Phillip and Simon

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction - characters - plot
10:00 - Extract 1 from Nothing Gained - playing golf
13:00 - Themes and motifs
33:20 - Extract 2 from Nothing Gained - the car ride
35:10 - Characters and exposition
45:40 - The thriller genre
52:20 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Asian One Percent - Phillip's blog
Nothing Gained on Penguin Books China
The Pilot's Wife - mentioned by Phillip
Simon's website
Hong Kong Writers Circle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 2: Nothing Gained was produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our other activities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Nothing Gained by Phillip Y Kim published by Penguin.

The music was by Quantum Jazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

To get in touch, please email us using the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for the podcast artwork.

 

Jan 21, 2016

 

Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 1: Man's LastSong

 

James Tam introduces his philosophical "post-apocalyptic" novel,Man's Last Song. He discusses with Simon the themes of the novel,as well as the issues of writing in a second language and thedangers of genre labels, and how it was nearly a very differenttype of book altogether.

 

Man's Last Song

 

Timings

 

00:00 - Introduction - inspiration - writing process
24:00 - Extract 1 - Queen's Pier
26:20 - Themes and motifs
46:00 - Extract 2 - Ultimate particle
49:30 - Spiritual and philosophical thoughts
56:00 - Advice for Hong Kong writers
62:00 - Copyright information

 

Links

 

Guo Du - James Tam'sbilingual blog
Proverse Hong Kong -publisher of Man's Last Song
Simon's website
Hong Kong WritersCircle
Subscribe on I Tunes

 

Copyright Information

 

The Hong Kong Writers Circle podcast Episode 1: Man's Last Songwas produced by SCC Overton.

For more information about this show and all of our otheractivities, please visit our website: hkwriterscircle.com

Exerpts were from Man's Last Song by James Tam published byProverse Hong Kong.

The music was by QuantumJazz from the album End of Line, used under the terms ofa Creative Commons Attribution and ShareAlike licence.

To get in touch, please email ususing the subject line Podcast.

Thanks as always to Katrina Teh for thepodcast artwork.

 

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