Proverse Hong Kong is based in Hong Kong with strong regional and international connections.
The International Proverse Prize for Unpublished Non-fiction, Fiction and Poetry is open to all irrespective of residence, citizenship or nationality.
The Publishers were born in the UK and have lived and worked in many countries. They visit, from time to time, Australia, Europe, Japan, Mainland China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the USA.
Occasionally we help distribute in Hong Kong books published elsewhere, which have topics, references, or associations with Hong Kong or other parts of Asia.
We welcome enquiries for co-published editions.
Hong Kong today does not really look like the tranquil scene above.
Below is a photo of the new town of Tung Chung, formerly a fishing village, seen on a very hot day. The children are cooling off and having fun in the sound-responding fountain. The flat concrete slabs to the front left and middle right of the photo represent fishing boats, as a gesture towards remembering the past. A poem in one of Gillian Bickley's poetry collections talks about these seats and a couple seen sitting on one. Can you find the poem in one of her five poetry collections?
Our Proverse P.O. Box is about 50 yards to the left of this photo, and this is also where an escalator leads to the gondolas that take tourists up to the Big Buddha.
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Laura Solomon's second poetry collection,
"Frida Kahlo's Cry", has now been published and is available on Amazon Kindle.
Later, it will also be available in paperback.
In his advance comments, Andrew S. Guthrie, author of the poetry collection, Alphabet (Finalist, Proverse 2015), writes:
'One of the purposes of poetry is to make inner thought visible; the things which were previously invisible (or unknown) that can only be revealed through poetic speculation. Laura Solomon’s work makes no claim that poetry is “truth”, while yet accessing its potential to grasp the slippery nature of “reality”. ... Laura Solomon takes on the poetic task of attempting to expose the outlook of the non-human, or the thoughts of the historically remote personality;...speaking for these creatures and people in the melancholic demeanor of the yet-to-be-understood, or alternately, expressing the plaintive lament of all of us who languish within the confines of a missed opportunity. Solomon gives all of that a voice, while acknowledging the limits of language and the human psyche. As she states, (in ‘Resurfacing From the Wreck’) “If I still had a tongue in my head/I could tell you what I saw down there”.'
SATURDAY, 4 JULY: Dr Verner Bickley gave a further well-received introduction to the third edition of his five-book poetry anthology, Poems to Enjoy. As previously, a most interesting and pleasant group of children and adults attended.
SATURDAY, 27 JUNE: Dr Gillian Bickley gave a paper, "Mrs Smith: the wife of the first Anglican Bishop of Victoria", at the conference, "Anglican Women in Chinese Society", held at Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong.
SATURDAY, 20 JUNE: A mixed group of adults (friends, parents, teachers, authors, members of HKWIPS), and a number of very well-behaved children gathered at Dymocks Bookshop, Discovery Bay, Lantau, Hong Kong, to hear well-experienced educator and writer Verner Bickley introduce the third edition of his five-book poetry anthology, Poems to Enjoy.
Verner read some charming poems by ‘Anon’, ‘Trad’, Walter de la Mare and Mrs B. Lumsden-Milne, giving some background to the poems, introducing the concepts of rhyme and how to read aloud, while infusing some gentle humour and leading group reading of action poems. Books were in hot demand. For some it was the first time that a writer had signed a book for them in person. Particularly welcome were the audio CDs accompanying each of the books.
24 MAY 2015: Poet, Andrew S. Guthrie spoke with Atom Cheung about his new poetry collection, "Alphabet" at Kubrick bookstore, Yaumatei, Hong Kong, to a full and attentive house. Guthrie's "Alphabet" was a finalist for the Proverse Prize 2013.
13 MAY 2015 Gillian Bickley, Managing Editor of Proverse Hong Kong, was invited to chat with Phil Whelan about the Proverse Prize on his weekday morning programme, Morning Brew. The programme was live on Wednesday 13 May and you can hear it on the RTHK website archive.
Former Hong Kong resident, Andrew Carter, returned to Hong Kong, 9-11 April to promote his debut novel, set in Hong Kong, Bright Lights and White Nights.
Hear his recorded interview with Phil Whelan on Morning Brew, RTHK Radio Three, Friday, 10 April,11.00am.
10 APRIL 2015 ~~ The bright lights of Orange Peel, D’Aguilar Street, LKF, complemented Andrew Carter’s debut novel, “Bright Lights and White Nights”, at its 10 April solo launch, attended by many friends, former students, and supporters.
The author opened by thanking all concerned, particularly his girlfriend Louise, and publishers Proverse Hong Kong.
Brief readings from the book were given by Rachel Boylan, Ian Molyneux and Verner Bickley
At the acoustic guitar, Shaun Martin (Dizzy) of the David Bowie Knives played a fifteen minute set of his own songs and music.
Ably compered by Gillian Bickley, the evening did not end but flowed out to the neighbouring streets. Another “White Night” had begun!
Books available from Dymocks Discovery Bay and other local bookstores.
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Information about the annual Proverse Prize for unpublished fiction, non-fiction and poetry (open to all who are eighteen years old or above and irrespective of residence, nationality or citizenship): proversepublishing.com. -- Entries for 2015 are now being received: deadline for entered work, 30 June 2015.
5 MARCH 2015
The subject of the University of Hong Kong Libraries' Book Club meeting, held on Thursday, 5 March 2015, 6.30-8.00pm was, "Proverse Prize Library Talk". Six among the Hong Kong-based writers who have won success in the International Proverse Prize for unpublished writing introduced their now-published works. The authors were: Rupert Chan, Lawrence Gray, Peter Gregoire, Birgit Bunzel Linder, James Tam and Rebecca Tomasis. Their books are varied in subject, genre, intention and tone, and should have something of interest for everyone. All who have spoken about the evening have been full of praise. Each author spoke well and the balance of speakers and topics made for a highly successful presentation.
15 JANUARY 2015
A book-signing by prize-winning and best-selling author, Peter Gregoire, took place at Dymocks, IFC, Hong Kong, on Thursday, 15 January 2015. His second Scott Lee mystery novel, "The Devil You Know", was warmly received..
The bookstore has now closed. The book is available from other bookstores in Hong Kong and also online.
The Devil You Know is Peter Gregoire’s follow-up to his well-received first novel, the legal thriller set in Hong Kong, Article 109, joint-winner of the international Proverse Prize 2011, which reached Number One on Dymocks list of best-sellers.
The author, Peter Gregoire works as a legal counsel in the Hong Kong financial services industry and is an Honorary Lecturer at theUniversity ofHong Kong.
"A clever, cutting, and timely novel in this season of discontent. A page turner packing action, humour, and biting observations." – Jason Y. Ng, author of Hong Kong State of Mind and No City for Slow Men
Gillian Bickley and Mary-Jane Newton participated in the International Festival, "Poetry Nights", held from 9-15 July in Romania.
Kate Rogers and Mary-Jane Newton with Sayed Gouda participated in Kubrick Poetry's Hong Kong Literature Festival event, "Enchanting English Poems: Cities and Memories", hosted by Polly Ho and Atom Cheung on 29 June.
Mary-Jane Newton and friends read from her second poetry-collection, "Unlocking", at the Hong Kong Festival Fringe "Dairy", 2 Lower Albert Road, Central Hong Kong, on 4 June.
Proverse Prize 2012 Finalist, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, was honoured by a launch of her book "Chasing Light", held at the National Art Gallery, Nassau, The Bahamas, on Wednesday, 12 March. The Governor, Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes lent their patronage and Sir Arthur gave a speech.
Roger Uren's book, "To Eastern Lands", recently received an Australian launch.
Verner Bickley recently spoke at Kubrick, Yaumatei, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Here are links to a write-up and video of the event.
TimeOut Hong Kong named James Tam's debut novel, "Man's Last Song", International Proverse Prize Finalist 2011, 'Book of the Fortnight'!
Dr Jason S Polley's refrain
has received an empathetic and excellent review, 'Capturing India',
by Ankur Agarwal,
published in Asian Cha.
To read the whole review, please see
Reviews / June 2015 (Issue 28) at:
Jan Pearson's Tiger Autumn, a Proverse Prize Publication, was favourably reviewed by William Wadsworth in the Sunday Morning Post, Hong Kong, 24 May.
"Tiger Autumn is ... one of the best Hong Kong novels in years, because its author writes simply; gets on with a well-crafted plot; and builds credible dialogue and characters.
"Pearson has remembered that fiction is entertainment as much as art, and she is certainly a name to watch."
Andrew S. Guthrie's poetry-collection, Alphabet,
a Proverse Prize finalist,
has been reviewed by Ching Yuet May.
"This volume of poetry revels in antics of the mind that also spin off to wanderings in the maze of a city, thus opening up the self-reflexivity of the poems to the sights and sounds of an urban centre. In the poem, 'grammar school,' downtown Boston serves as the backdrop of a mad run of strange markings. New York is the setting for another poem, 'lost fonts,' where a novice poet locks himself up in a hotel room to write up his masterpiece while city noises and voices keep on wafting into the hotel room and into the poetry. The volume merits recognition from still another city, Hong Kong, for the readers there, as readers elsewhere, may like to enjoy deciphering the strange markings that have strayed across borders."
-- From the Review by Ching Yuet May
THE PROVERSE PRIZE 2015
AND EXPLANATION of
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24 NOVEMBER 2014
THE PROVERSE PUBLISHING PARADE 2014
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LAUNCH OF ENTERED WORK
"In Vitro", Laura Solomon's first poetry collection (2nd edition) has been released. Please visit our distributor's website: chineseupress.com for details.
HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO's Wayne Yoshioka reports on the East-West Centre Informal Gathering occasioned by the visit of Dr Verner Bickley, first Director of the EWC Culture Learning Institute, and the launch of his book, "Steps to Paradise and Beyond".
Listen at the link that follows!
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INTERNATIONAL PROVERSE PRIZE FOR UNPUBLISHED WRITING, 2016
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THE PROVERSE PRIZE 2015
The dates for entering for the Proverse Prize 2016 are as follows:
Receipt of Entry Fees / Entry Forms begins: 14 February 2016.
Deadline for receipt of Entry Fees / Entry Forms: 31 May 2016.
Receipt of manuscripts begins: 1 May 2016.
Deadline for receipt of entered manuscripts: 30 June 2016.
The Entry Documents for 2016 will be broadly similar to those for 2015.
Proverse friends at the 2012 Proverse Spring Reception. Five books were launched. The results of the international Proverse Prize competition 2011 were announced. -- Photo by Errol Patrick Hugh (A Personal Journey Through Sketching: The Sketcher's Art (Proverse, 2009).
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There are some excellent reviews in the November 2011 issue of Asian Cha of the following books published by Proverse: Akin Jeje's Smoked Pearl: Poems of Hong Kong and Beyond, Mary-Jane Newton's Of Symbols Misused, Jason S Polley's refrain and Laura Solomon's Instant Messages.
The same issue of Asian Cha also has an article by Verner Bickley about the development of Proverse as an international, Hong Kong-based publisher.
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