GILLIAN BICKLEY is an author, writer, editor, indexer, occasional book reviewer / feature writer, and researcher, with a specialty in Biography, Family History, Nineteenth Century Hong Kong (particularly public education, cultural and social colonial history) and other Nineteenth Century literary and social history topics.
With her husband, Verner Bickley, she is both co-director of the independent publishing house, Proverse Hong Kong, and co-founder of both The Proverse Prize for unpublished book-length non-fiction, fiction or poetry and of the annual international Proverse Poetry Prize (single poems).
She was Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University (earlier, 'College') for twenty-two years. She was Assistant Lecturer, English Division, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria, 1968-1970; Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, the University of Hong Kong, 1970-1974; Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1974-1977. For many years, she was an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre of Asian Studies (CAS), now renamed Centre for Humanities and Social Science (incorporating the Centre for Asian Studies), University of Hong Kong. She is a Vice-President and Council Member, Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong Branch).
Gillian Bickley (née Workman) was born and educated in the United Kingdom and has lived mostly in Hong Kong since 1970.
Her books include six collections of poetry:
Two of her poetry collections have been translated into Chinese and published as follows:
She is the author of:
She is the editor of:
She is co-Editor of the following titles:
with the author Olga Walló, of the first English language translation from the original Czech of Tightrope! A Bohemian Tale (Proverse Hong Kong, November 2010).
with Richad Collingwood-Selby, of In Time of War (Proverse Hong Kong, 2013). This is based on the papers, memorabilia, photographs and sketches of Lt. Cmdr. Henry C.C. Collingwood-Selby, RN (1898-1992).
Gillian Bickley's poetry has been anthologised in Hong Kong, the Philippines and the United Kingdom, and in the Trinity Guildhall online anthology published in the United Kingdom. Selected translations have appeared in several languages, including the Arabic translations of Sayed Gouda and the Czech translations of Olga Walló. As arranged by Dr Hasan Erkek, some poems have also appeared in Turkish translation.
In 2014, she was awarded the “Grand Prix Orient-Occident Des Arts” at the 18th International Festival, “Curtea de Argeș Poetry Nights”, held in Romania.
In 2014, Gillian was awarded the “Grand Prix Orient-Occident Des Arts” at the 18th International Festival, “Curtea de Argeș Poetry Nights”, held in Romania.
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