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12th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature showcases outstanding literary works

     Over 120 literary works were nominated for the 12th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature, with the entries ranging from works by veteran local writers to those of budding authors. The winning works this year include poetry reflecting the writer's thoughts on city life, an essay expressing genuine feelings of daily life, a fiction work that uses the Cantonese dialect to describe the inner world of the underprivileged, literature on science and suspense fiction for children and youth, and beautiful poems for children.

     The 12th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature was organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The nominated literary works were assessed by adjudication panels. After thorough selection and discussion, five Biennial Awards and five Recommended Prizes were awarded.

     Officiating at the prize presentation ceremony today (November 28), the Chairman of the Public Libraries Advisory Committee, Professor John Leong, said that the Biennial Awards, which have been held since 1991, are regarded by the local literary community as an important event in Hong Kong literature. The Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Raymond Young, also attended the ceremony to present prizes to the award winners.

     The awards aim to encourage Hong Kong writers to pursue excellence and produce more creative works, as well as urge local publishers to publish quality literary books.

     The 12th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature were given to outstanding Chinese literary works written by local writers that were published in Hong Kong for the first time in 2011 and 2012. The awards cover five categories, namely the Poetry Category, the Essay Category, the Fiction Category, the Literary Criticism Category and the Children and Youth Literature Category. The list of winners is as follows:

Poetry Category
Biennial Award    "Everydayness"         Twilit
                   by Chung Kwok-keung   Publication

Recommended Prize "We Walk Still"        Culture Plus
                   by Lui Wing-kai

Essay Category
Biennial         "The Scent of the       Infolink
Award             Shrimp Eggs"           Publishing
                  by Wu Yin-ching        Limited
Recommended      "Cartography of Time"   kubrick
Prize           by Cao Shu-ying
Fiction Category
Biennial     "Tales of a Valiant Man"    Cosmos Books
Award         by Wong Bik-wan            Limited

Recommended  "Whispers: Collected Stories   Twilit
Prize         of Ban Leung"               Publication
              by Leung Ban-leung
Literary Criticism Category
Recommended  "Eighty Talks on Hong Kong   Infolink
Prize        Popular Lyrics"              Publishing
             by Chu Yiu-wai, Wong Chi-wah Limited

Children and Youth Literature Category
Biennial    "Ah Wing, the Secret        Breakthrough
Award        Agent 29: Saving for       Limited
             the Catch"
             by Leung For-hing
             "The Night with Wings"    Sun Ya
              by Chor Wai              Publications
                                      (H.K.) Limited
Recommended  "Our Pool Happy Life"     Breakthrough
Prize         by Chu Pu-sun            Limited

     The award-winning books in the 12th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature and the previous Biennial Awards have already been included in the HKPL's collection. A roving exhibition on the award-winning works from previous years will be held from next month to May next year in 12 public libraries, and a roving exhibition introducing the winning entries of the 12th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature will be held from tomorrow (November 29) to May next year at the south gate foyer on the ground floor of the Hong Kong Central Library and at 11 public libraries for readers to learn more about the awarded authors and their works.

     For more information, please visit the HKPL's website at  .

Ends/Thursday, November 28, 2013
Issued at HKT 20:38



The prize presentation ceremony for the 12th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature was held today (November 28) at the Hong Kong Central Library. Photo shows the attending guests, the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Raymond Young (front row, fourth left); the Assistant Director (Libraries and Development) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Lee Yuk-man (front row, sixth left); the Chief Librarian of the Hong Kong Central Library, Ms Rochelle Lau (front row, third left); and the Chairman of the Public Libraries Advisory Committee, Professor John Leong (front row, fifth left). They are pictured with the adjudicators, award winners and representatives from the publishers.


Biennial Award winners of the 12th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature (from left) Wu Yin-ching (Essay Category), Chor Wai (Children and Youth Literature Category), Leung For-hing (Children and Youth Literature Category) and Chung Kwok-keung (Poetry Category).




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