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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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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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