Poetry Music Jam | Book Talk | Poems GO! | Reading on the Grass

Poetry Music Jam

In these exciting ‘poetry meets music’ jam sessions, local poets and musicians will use music to present a selection of Chinese poems collected through an online open call.

Date and time:
10 December (Saturday)
Tang Siu-Wa x Tsui Chin-Hung - 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Yvette Wong x Vincy Chan - 4:00pm – 4:30pm

11 December (Sunday)
Lo Kwai-Cheung x Alex Yiu - 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Lau Yee-Ching x Pong Law - 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Sunset Lawn

Book Talk

Taking place alongside “Reading on the Grass”, “Book Talk” is an informal talk where writers and artists share creative ideas and a selection of their favourite books, and they will read our ‘poem of the month’ in response to the theme of each month’s Freespace Happening.

Date and time:
10 December (Saturday)
Vincy Chan - 3:35pm – 3:55pm
Tang Siu-Wa - 4:35pm – 4:55pm

11 December (Sunday)
Penny Lau - 3:35pm – 3:55pm
Tim Kwan - 4:35pm – 4:55pm

Sunset Lawn

Poems GO!

“Poems GO!” is a fun, literary treasure-hunt that involves following designated routes to hunt for extracts of Chinese poems hidden around the park.

Starting at the House of Hong Kong Literature’s booth, the hunt will take you on an exploration of the West Kowloon Nursery Park as you search the lawn areas to find our checkpoints – we promise they are not hard to spot!

Once you’ve found all of the poetry extracts from one route, arrange them to form a complete poem and submit it at The House of Hong Kong Literature booth to collect your ‘prize’.

10–11 December (Saturday -  Sunday)

2:00pm – 7:00pm

Sunset Lawn

Reading on the Grass

Led by The House of Hong Kong Literature, “Reading on the Grass” returns to Freespace Happening with a new theme for each month. To join the Book Crossing, simply bring along books related to the monthly theme and share them with us, then choose books you would like to adopt! You can also borrow books that other people have shared and read them on the lawn – even if you don’t bring any yourself!

Requirement for books:

-  We welcome books in Chinese and English language
-  We only accept books that are in good condition
-  We only accept legal copies of books
-  Magazines, newspapers and textbooks are also not accepted
-  Books with obscene, violent or offensive content are not accepted

Book Crossing Guidelines:

  1. We suggest that you exchange the same number of books as you brought;
  2. You can exchange as many books as you want;
  3. Books that fit with the theme of month are highly recommended;
  4. Bags will not be provided, please bring your own bag(s);
  5. If you did not bring a book to exchange, but found a book you are interested in at the Library:

5.1 Read the book at Freespace Happening;

5.2 Return the book to the Library before leaving.

10–11 December (Saturday -  Sunday)

2:00pm – 7:00pm

Sunset Lawn

Theme of the Month:
Assimilation and conflict

About the House of Hong Kong Literature

The House of Hong Kong Literature was established by a group of local scholars and academics in 2009, with the aim of exploring new opportunities and growth for local literary development. They have since organized numerous events, talks and seminars, and garnered the support of over 300 literati and members of the public.

About the Artists of Poetry Music Jam

Tang Siu-Wa 

Hong Kong poet and essayist Tang Siu-Wa is the author of two poetry collections, “A Bottle Unmoved” and “The Opposite of Sounds”, two volumes of prose writing, “A Motley of Banalities” and “Just Like Nothing Happens”, and a collection of interviews, “Asking Directions from the People”. She is the editor of the collections “Wait and See: Collected Works of Six New Hong Kong Writers”, “The Tomb of Film” and “The Same Darkness Befalls Dawn: Hong Kong June Fourth Poetry”. Tang Siu-wa is a founding editor of the literary magazine “Fleurs des lettres” and a co-founder of the House of Hong Kong Literature. A literary organiser and human rights activist, she teaches creative writing at various Hong Kong institutions and contributes columns and criticism to a variety of local media.

Tsui Chin-Hung

Tsui Chin-Hung is a composer and guitarist born and raised in Hong Kong. Having studied music from different cultures, Tsui has worked as a composer in various media, including collaborating with director Mike Shalyapin on the music for a reality show, writing original scores for Tsz Shan Monastery, and scoring short films by directors Aimee Long, Xing-Mai Deng and Laura Grose. Tsui was appointed composer for a 2014 concert by ALEA III Contemporary Music Ensemble, for On and On Theatre Workshop’s “Postcolonial God of Food” and for Black Bird Theatre’s “No One Party”.

Tsui began his music studies as a pupil of Irina Boutyrskaya and Lap Hang Choi. He studied composition with Robert Drasnin and conducting with Eímear Noone at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music, where he was admitted on a scholarship major in composition and studied under the tutelage of Shostakovich’s pupil Yakov Gubanov. He participated in the Los Angeles Conductor’s Workshop at Los Angeles Ballet School in 2010, under the supervision of Noone.

Yvette Wong

Yvette Wong Lok Yee is currently an MPhil student in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at the Hong Kong Baptist University, doing research on the poetics and politics of Hong Kong wenyi qingnian (young “hipster” intellectuals). Alongside her academic work, she writes short fiction, prose, poems and lyrics. Recent work includes the co-written novel “Floating City” (2016) and the lyrics of a forthcoming album by Sophia Wong Ka Yee.

Vincy Chan

Vincy Chan is a multidisciplinary artist born, raised and based in Hong Kong. A keyboardist and singer-songwriter, Chan has performed in renowned venues in Hong Kong and the Twin Cities. Besides studying jazz vocals, Chan also studied traditional Ghanaian drumming under the tutelage of master drummer Sowah Mensah at Macalester College. The recipient of a grant from Renaissance Foundation Hong Kong’s Talent Development Scheme, Chan released the debut album Porcelain Soul (Universal Music Hong Kong) in 2015. Chan’s illustrations are featured in Sonia Wong’s poetry collection “Unseemingly Lasting” (MCCM) also published in the same year.

Lo Kwai-Cheung

K.C. Lo is currently teaching at the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University. Besides publishing academic research works, he also writes fiction and poems.

Alex Yiu

Alex Yiu is a sound artist and composer whose work involves the interconversion of language and society, and the appropriation of sampled sound and visuals from the internet. He is interested in the interpretation of language, post-colonialism in musical culture, politics in free improvisation, and narrative poetics, and has worked in various medium, including video, sound, music composition and graphical score. Alex holds a Master of Music degree in Sonic Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Lau Yee-Ching

Lau Yee-Ching, born in 1949 in Hong Kong, started to write poetry in the 1970s. In 1987, he co-founded the poetry magazine “One-Ninth” with a friend, and was involved in editing the first few issues. His book of poems “And So You Look at the Festive Lights along the Street” (1997) won the Hong Kong Biennial Award for Chinese Literature. In 2010, he published a more complete edition of this book, a collection of more than 130 poems titled “And So, Roll the Stone, You Look at the Festive Lights along the Street”.

Pong Law

Born in 1986, Pong Law received an MA in Music from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he studied with Clarence Mak and Law Wing Fai and majored in composition and electronic music. During his studies he was the recipient of a number of scholarships including a full Disney Scholarship. Law has composed music of various genres including Western and Chinese orchestra, wind orchestra, Chinese ensemble, mixed chamber, multi-media, film and popular music. He has been commissioned to compose and arrange music for different ensembles and orchestras, including the Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, the Actors’ Family, PIP Theatre, Wuji Ensemble, Taipei Liuqin Ensemble and The Baden-Württemberg Youth Wind Ensemble. His vocal piece “Searching for…” was performed at the Taipei Recital Hall in 2010, and his Zheng piece “The Path” was selected and performed inin 2011.

Currently a members of local pop band ‘Trekkerz’, Law has played keyboards at a number of concerts and performances, including the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival and the Lion Rock Festival.