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Non-stop literary attractions in July

Eight winning books were announced for the sixth Young Writers' Debut Competition organized by the SHKP Reading Club and Joint Publishing (HK), and the Reading Club will be at the Hong Kong Book Fair to connect with the public in different ways.

Engaging young readers

The latest Young Writers' Debut Competition saw a feast of imagination and hope for the future as authors shed light on topics from personal growth and city life to conservation. A journalist charts the prospects for second-hand bookstores while documenting their past and present, an architect working in Tokyo reflects on urban landscapes and a post-80s who likes the colour blue tells a tale of broken hearts coming together. Two books explore the dark side of humanity with stories revolving around legal principles and a locker connecting people in different times and spaces. Three winning works are picture books with one local artist depicting the over-consumption of plastic in a fictional society, art students telling how five young people came to understand their worth and another relating the experience of growing up. These budding writers will feature in the Hong Kong Book Fair and Cultural July activities organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to share their creative journeys and young perspectives with the public.

The annual Hong Kong Book Fair that bibliophiles anticipate so keenly will start on 19 July. SHKP will be taking more than 1,000 underprivileged children on Read to Dream for a tenth year through the Reading Club, and hosting a seminar where renowned scholar Simon Shen and the youngest Hong Kong Biennial Award for Chinese Literature winner Ong Yi-hing will share insights on reading trends.