Hong Kong Goes Literary

While the stereotype of Hong Kong as a place where people are totally focused on making money continues to thrive, the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival proves the stereotype is not entirely true.

Running from March 6 to March 15, 2006, this festival brings together dozens of authors from around the world including Irish Nobel Prize winning poet, Seamus Heaney, 2005 Booker Prize winner, John Banville, Edgar Allan Poe award winner, Robert Elegant and Fullbright Talking Leaves Literary Award winner, Margaret Read MacDonald.

There will be approximately 60 events ranging from cocktail parties at the Fringe Club to full blown lectures at Hong Kong University with lunches, breakfasts and panel discussions in between. Some events are free and some require an entry fee. All appear to be worth spending the time and money to attend.

For more information or to order tickets go to the Hong Kong Literary Festival website or call 852-2598-5298. There’s also a special section on the festival in the South China Morning Post today, Sunday, February 26.

As a note of cultural interest, as often happens in VIP crazy Hong Kong, two of the events were sold out before today’s schedule publication. Insider access, I would guess. Oh well, there’s still 58 other events to attend.