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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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




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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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:

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.