Hong Kong International - Young Readers Festival 2015



9 – 20 MARCH 2015

This year, the Festival will bring budding bookworms to fantastical worlds, real and imagined. Together, we will span the globe: we will summit Mount Everest, explore Hong Kong, and visit places that exist only the brilliant imaginations of our festival authors—and, of course, those of their readers.

We are excited to share the stories and ideas of great international and local writers and thinkers, filmmakers and illustrators. In the 4th edition of the Hong Kong International Young Readers Festival, we welcome award-winning and bestselling writers in all genres, spanning fiction and nonfiction, adventure and realism. Adventure with us!



Details of our ever-popular author talks and workshops have been released! Download the Schools Programme and start booking.



We have invited a number of exciting speakers with varied backgrounds and expertise to participate in our festival this spring, including several illustrators, a filmmaker, and a newspaper columnist. Participating authors are:


Jon Berkeley, an Irish author and illustrator of many books, including Chopsticks, which takes place at Hong Kong’s Jumbo Floating Seafood Restaurant. Jon also illustrates for Time magazine, The Sunday Times and The Economist, among others.


AJ Betts, the Australian author of young adult novel Zac and Mia, which won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing and the 2014 NSW Premier’s Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature.


Gavin Coates, a Hong Kong-based illustrator, cartoonist and author of children’s books on environmental conservation, including the Earthy series and Pinky the Dolphin and The Power That May Be, about Hong Kong’s famous pink dolphins. He is also a landscape architect and university lecturer in landscape architecture.


Ofeoritse ‘Itse’ Daibo is a Nigerian short story writer based in Hong Kong. She is currently working on her debut novel, The Golden Calabash, a collection of 15 short stories reviving African tales. She is also co-founder of Just Write, a shared workspace for writers and creative entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, and contributes to the Economist‘s online blog, Look Ahead.


Matt Dickinson, an award-winning filmmaker and writer with twenty years experience in the high-risk world of mountain expeditions, and a director/cameraman for National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel and the BBC. He is the author of The Everest Files, which has been long-listed for the prestigious Carnegie Medal.


Mayer Brown JSM Writer-in-Residence, Alan Gibbons, a multi-award-winning writer based in the UK. Winner of fifteen literary awards including the televised Blue Peter Book Award, Alan has been shortlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal. He visits 180 schools a year as a performer, leader of writing workshops and educational consultant.


Lenore Look, the award-winning author of the Alvin Ho series and the Ruby Lu series, and several picture books, including Brush of the Gods. She was a journalist before writing for children. She has also taught creative writing at universities, and frequently speaks in schools.


Marie Lu, the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she worked as an art director in the video game industry. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, where she spends her time writing, reading, drawing, and getting stuck in traffic.


Kate O’Hearn, an international bestselling author based in England, best known for the Pegasus and Valkyrie series. She studied fashion before she became a writer and usually dresses up for events.


Padma Venkatraman, the author of three award-winning, critically acclaimed novels, A Time to Dance, Island’s End and Climbing the Stairs. She also has a PhD in oceanography and frequently speaks to students of all ages


Kelly Yang, the Hong Kong-based author of Where’s Broccoli, a picture book, and a columnist for the South China Morning Post. She is also a college admissions consultant.