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March 15, 2007

Finding Your Inner Shakespeare

Is this season “the winter of your discontent?” Well, “as good luck would have it” “the ides of March” are bringing something distinctive and culturally stimulating to our fabulous city: The Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival (12-21 March). This is your chance to sharpen your pencils, get inspired and craft literature’s next great masterpiece.

Fancy yourself to be a budding fiction prize-winner? “The world is your oyster” at Craft of Writing: Serendipity – A Fiction Master Class, run by award winning author, Romesh Guneskera, who has taken it global to rave reviews (Fringe Club, Friday, 16 March, 5:30pm-9pm, HKD1000).

Whose line is it anyway? Hone your haiku and shape up your sonnets at Craft of Writing: Poetry Master Class, run by Daniel Hall, the writer-in-residence at Amherst College in the U.S. (Fringe Club, Saturday, 17 March, 10am-12pm, HKD500).

“What’s in a name?” Find out, as you toast some of the top names in Asian literature at a champagne brunch. Half the Sky: Chinese Women Writers will bring together a feast of talent including: Guo Xialu, Christine Lo, Shih Shu-ching, Sun Shuyun, Amy Tan, Xu Xi and Namu Yang (Fringe Club, Sunday, 18 March, 10:30am-12:30pm, HKD250).

Writer’s block? Why not get the ideas flowing with a tipple or two at Raise a Glass to Literature, where specially selected wines and gourmet bites will set the scene for the night’s main act—a chance to meet and greet with some of the festival’s best raconteurs including: Morris Gleitzman, Peter Neville, Celestine Vaite and Simon Winchester (DotCod, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, Friday, 16 March, 7pm-11pm, HKD700).

“Bear a charmed life?” You may be more interested in one of the festival’s lighter events such as Mangoes and Monsoons, featuring Indian domestic goddess, Madur Jaffrey, who will discuss her childhood with Michelle Garnaut, restaurateur of the eponymous M at the Fringe (British Council, Thursday, 15 March, 6:30pm, HKD220).

“The short and the long of it is,” whether you’re a Shakespeare, Emily Brontë or Amy Tan in the making, there is something for everyone at the Literary Festival. Sign up for your favorite events today as “delays have dangerous ends.”

Until next week…“parting is such sweet sorrow.”

The Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival
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