Winners showcase their literary talent in Chinese Poetry Writing Competition
The 24th Chinese Poetry Writing Competition prize presentation ceremony, organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), was held today (September 25) at Hong Kong Central Library. Mr Wong Kam-hung and Mr Wong Kai-sum won the First Prize in the open category and the student category respectively with their outstanding ci poetry. In his poem, the former described the daily lives of people in their humble abodes, while the latter, a student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, commemorated his late father. Other winning works reflected a variety of topics including travel and lifestyle, the weather and seasons, and reminiscences about old friends.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Special Duties), Mr Lee Yuk-man, pointed out that classical Chinese poetry, being the essence of traditional Chinese literature, exhibits not only beautiful rhymes and diction but also sophisticated nuances.
Mr Lee added that the HKPL has long been promoting public interest in Chinese literature. Apart from enriching the Chinese literature collection, the HKPL has also organised various extension activities and writing competitions. The “Talk Series on Chinese Poetry Writing” it organised helped beginners gain basic knowledge about the writing and appreciation of rhyming literature in Chinese.
Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Libraries and Development), Ms Rochelle Lau, and adjudicators Professor Ho Man-wui, Professor Wong Kuan-io and Professor Lau Wai-lam presented prizes to winners at today’s ceremony. Other adjudicators for this year’s competition were Professor Nicholas Louis Chan, Professor Chan Chi-ching and Professor Tang Pui-ling.
The Chinese Poetry Writing Competition has been organised annually since 1991 to promote proficiency in Chinese language and appreciation of Chinese literature with rhymes. This is the 12th time that participants have showcased their literary talent with ci poetry.
With more than 650 entries, the competition received an enthusiastic response this year. Participants in the student category are mainly high school and college students, while participants of the open category come from different walks of life.
The competition consists of a student category and an open category, each with a First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize, five Merit Prizes and two Special Prizes. The winners’ list is as follows:
|1st Prize||Wong Kai-sum||The Chinese University of Hong Kong|
|2nd Prize||Leung Tsoi-hang||Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School|
|3rd Prize||Yeung Wai-kin||St Mark’s School|
|Merit Prizes:||Cheng Chi-man||Hong Kong Shue Yan University|
|Cheung Sui-fan||Hong Kong Shue Yan University|
|Lam Tsun-ho||Queen’s College|
|Wan Hau-yin||The Community College at Lingnan University|
|Zhao Xiao-yu||The Chinese University of Hong Kong|
|Special Prizes:||Kung Shun-ching||Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Yuen Long)|
|Lai Kin-to||TWGHs S C Gaw Memorial College|
|1st Prize||Wong Kam-hung|
|2nd Prize||Fan Yat-man|
|3rd Prize||Poon Siu-mang|
|Merit Prizes||Chan Wai-cheung|
|Special Prizes||Fong Fu-wing|
The 24th Chinese Poetry Writing Competition’s winning works will be on display from tomorrow (September 26) until October 19 at the ground floor foyer at the South Entrance of the HKCL. A roving exhibition will be held at various public libraries starting next month. The schedule of the roving exhibition and the winning entries will also be uploaded to the HKPL’s website at www.hkpl.gov.hk/poetrywriting for public viewing.
The prize presentation ceremony for the 24th Chinese Poetry Writing Competition was held today (September 25) at the Hong Kong Central Library (HKCL). Picture shows (front row, from left) Professor Wong Kuan-io; Professor Ho Man-wui; Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Special Duties), Mr Lee Yuk-man; Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Libraries and Development), Ms Rochelle Lau; Professor Lau Wai-lam; and Chief Librarian (HKCL and Extension Activities), Dr Jim Chang, posing with award winners.