HKWC Podcast – Man’s Last Song
Simon Overton interviews HKWC member James Tam about his novel Man’s Last Song. They discuss the themes of the novel, as well as the issues of writing in a second language, of the dangers of genre labels, and how it was nearly a very different type of book altogether.
HKWC Podcast – Nothing Gained
Simon Overton interviews HKWC member Phillip Y Kim about his novel Nothing Gained. They discuss the novel’s development from its first appearance in a HKWC critique group through to its publication by Penguin. They also discuss the use and abuse of technical jargon in genre novels, the issues involved in making your main character the opposite sex, and the relative merits of writing what you know.
HKWC Podcast – Writers Manuals
Simon Overton discusses the pro’s, prevalence and problems of writers manuals with Katrina Hamlin, co-editor of the new HKWC anthology Another Hong Kong. Simon also interviews Edmund Price about the books he has read for the MFA in Creative Writing at City University and finds some surprising connections between five rather different authors.
HKWC Podcast – Another Hong Kong
Simon Overton, Peter Humphreys and Reena Bhojwani discuss Another Hong Kong, the HKWC’s new anthology of short stories and poetry. There are readings by Peter and Reena, as well as by Leela Devi Panikar and Kate Hawkins.
In this episode’s Writing Masterclass, Simon, Peter and Reena discuss writing Chinese characters – that is, characters who are Chinese.
HKWC Podcast – Nine
Simon Overton interviews HKWC member Shobha Nihalani about the first book in her ‘Nine’ trilogy of paranormal thrillers: Curse of the Kalingan. They discuss the development of the novel and its themes of spirituality, conflict and varying perceptions of India.
In this episode’s Writing Masterclass, Simon and Shobha dicuss how to write a thriller.
HKWC Podcast – Women in Writing
Simon Overton is joined by Tracy Swemmer, Sarah Merrill Mowat and Flora Qian to discuss issues related to women in writing. They look at the influence of feminism on modern writing and reading, the idea of Women’s Fiction as a genre label and special considerations for Asian women. This episode’s Writing Masterclass is ‘How to Write About Women’.
HKWC Podcast – Odds and Sods
Simon Overton is joined by HKWC founder Lawrence Gray to discuss his collection of short stories, Odds and Sods. Prepare for a dose of reality as Lawrence muses on the writing life, his prose and the development of the Hong Kong Writers Circle, via an eclectic mix of authors, references and asides.