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 Then get on with some writing! Produced by SCC Overton.
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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




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




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Copyright Information


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

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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.