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13th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature showcases outstanding literary works


26.11.2015

Organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the 13th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature prize presentation ceremony was held today (November 26), at which four Biennial Awards and six Recommended Prizes were awarded. The winning works were both outstanding and unique, showcasing the blossoming local literary community. 

A total of 165 books were nominated for the Awards, with entries ranging from works by veteran local writers to budding authors.

Officiating at the prize presentation ceremony, the Chairman of the Public Libraries Advisory Committee, Professor Leung Yuen-sang said that the Biennial Awards, which have been held every two years since 1991, aim to recognise the excellence of Hong Kong literary writers and encourage the publication of quality local literature. 

The 13th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature were given to outstanding Chinese literary books written by local writers that were published in Hong Kong for the first time in 2013 and 2014. The awards consist of a Poetry Category, an Essay Category, a Fiction Category, a Literary Criticism Category, and a Children and Youth Literature Category. The list of winners is as follows:

Poetry Category
Biennial Award ‘How Broad Are Plank Roads Of Sunshine’ Lau Wai-shing Infolink Publishing Limited
Recommended Prize ‘Noumenon And Night Cold As Water’ Kwan Tin-lam Musical Stone Culture Limited

 Essay Category

Biennial Award ‘A Private Domain’ Chu Siu-cheung Infolink Publishing Limited
Biennial Award ‘Piling Up the Wind’ Kwok Tsz-ki Arcadia Press Limited
Recommended Prize ‘A Long Long Farewell’ Chow Yiu-fai Enlighten & Fish Limited
Fiction Category
Biennial Award ‘Breakthrough from Hell’  Wong Leung-wo  Infolink Publishing Limited
Recommended Prize ‘Memory Jigsaw’  Lai Chui-wah  Infolink Publishing Limited
Literary Criticism Category
Recommended Prize

‘The Body and the Construction of Symbols:
Re-reading the Modern Chinese Women’s Literature’

Lim Chin-chown  Chung Hwa Book Co (HK) Ltd
Children and Youth Literature Category
Recommended Prize ‘What My Teachers Taught Me’  Chow Suk-ping  Breakthrough Limited
Recommended Prize ‘Poetry Detective Calvino: Dark Bridge’  Tsui Cheuk-yin  Wheatear Publishing Co Ltd

The award-winning books of the 13th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature and the previous Biennial Awards have already been included in the HKPL’s collection. Roving exhibitions introducing this year’s winning entries and award-winning books from previous years will be held from next month to May next year at various public libraries for readers to appreciate the works of the awarded authors. Admission is free and all are welcome.

For details of the exhibitions and the awards please visit the HKPL’s website at www.hkpl.gov.hk/en/extension-activities/event-category/23482/hong-kong-biennial-awards-for-chinese-literature.

Prize Presentation Ceremony
The prize presentation ceremony for the 13th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature was held today (November 26) at Hong Kong Central Library. Photo shows the attending guests, the Chairman of the Public Libraries Advisory Committee, Professor Leung Yuen-sang (front row, centre); Assistant Director (Libraries and Development) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Miss Rochelle Lau (front row, fifth left); and the Chief Librarian (Hong Kong Central Library and Extension Activities), Dr Jim Chang (front row, fifth right), with the adjudicators, award winners and publishers' representatives.

Winners of the 13th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature
Winners of the 13th Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature (from right) Lau Wai-shing (Poetry Category), Wong Leung-wo (Fiction Category), Chu Siu-cheung and Kwok Tsz-ki (Essay Category).