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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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




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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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
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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:

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.




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