SATURDAY, 4 JULY 2015: 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 2015: 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 2015: 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.
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.
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.
Ably compered by Gillian Bickley, the evening did not end but flowed out to the neighbouring streets. Another “White Night” had begun!
Hear Andrew Carter's recorded interview with Phil Whelan on Morning Brew, RTHK Radio Three, Friday, 10 April,11.00am.
14 November 2012
Jean A. Berlie introduced his book, "The Chinese of Macau a Decade after the Handover" at a well-attended reception at Albergue, Macau. (See report in the Macau Daily Times, “The Chinese identity dominates” by Viviana Seguí.)
Friday, 11 March 2011, Fringe Club, Central Hong Kong, 7.30-9.30pm. Several Proverse Poets joined others in a well-attended, convivial event, honoured by the participation of Sir Andrew Motion, former British Poet Laureate.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011, Central Hong Kong, 7.00-9.00pm. Helena May, Blue Room.
Chocolate's Brown Study in the Bag
Rupert Chan's story told from his toy poodle, Chocolate's point of view was launched at this event. Chan talked about Chocolate's autobiography as well as other animals in literature. A brief introduction to Mary-Jane Newton's new book, "Of Symbols Misused", opened the evening. Moderated by Gillian Bickley. Also at this event, co-founder of the Proverse Prize for unpublished writing, Verner Bickley, announced the Proverse Prize winner(s) (2010). Other published Proverse writers attending incuded Akin Jeje ("Smoked Pearl") and J S Polley ("refrain"). Four books were launched, including Caleb Kavon's second novel, "The Reluctant Terrorist: In Search of the Jizo" and Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming's "Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems".
27 January 2011
Proverse Author and Honorary Advisor to the Proverse Prize Olga Walló launched her Proverse Hong Kong published book in New York.
Jennifer Ching's Creative Writing Seminar at Hong Kong Baptist University, jointly sponsored by the English Department and the Language Centre, was attended by HKBU students and members of the writing community in Hong Kong.
There was a lively question and answer session.
Discussing the choice of subject, Ms Ching said that one of the most difficult decisions was to find a subject one cared so much about that one was willing to spend on it the considerable time needed to write a novel.
Asked about her writing schedule, Jennifer said that, being a "night person", she wrote at night rather than in the morning (as many famous writers are known to have done).
Many good images and interesting thoughts came to her when she was not sitting down writing and indeed not thinking about her writing at all. The important point was, though, Ching emphasised, not to forget these.
She did not mention Shakespeare's Hamlet's habit of taking notes -- "My tablets, meet it is I set it down . . .!" Nor did she mention the note-taking habits of such famous novelists as Henry James and others. But clearly, she knows the same well-tested truth: -- write it down; do not expect to remember it!
26 April 2010
Kubrick Bookstore, next to Broadway Cinemathèque, Public Square Street, Yaumatei, was the scene of a delightful poetry event yesterday evening. A friendly group of participants listened as Gillian Bickley read from her most recent poetry collection, "China Suite and other Poems" and responded to questions. Moderator, Polly Ho distinguished herself, as always, by leading the event and dialoguing with Gillian about her work, the publishing philosophy of Proverse Hong Kong and the progress of the Proverse Prize for unpublished writing, which Gillian and her husband Verner have co-founded.
In response to questions, including from participants, Gillian suggested that experience and content are complex enough without seeking to preserve complexity of language for its own sake. She herself writes to record what she has experienced or thought as a truthful record, often with provocative or piquant connections with previous experiences and thoughts. Having achieved this to the best extent possible, she then thinks about her readers. Could anything be expressed more clearly?
Discussion of one poem led to a discussion of communication, culture and language. The poem narrates the experience of crawling inside a Neolithic cairn in North-East Scotland and the following symbolic sight of a "Funeral" Owl. Supposing that consciousness remains from the people who lived at the time when the cairn was constructed, would it be possible to communicate with them? The fact that language changes over time was of course one consideration. But, in Gillian's view, the more important point was that, "We speak our culture". Given the huge difference between the lives, experiences and thoughts of people in neolithic times and a member of "modern civilization" today, considerable adjustments would need to be made on both sides before anything could be communicated at all, she felt.
Thank you to Kubrick for hosting these monthly events!
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