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Coming of Age in Hong Kong

Bleak House Books
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In this Cha Reading Series event "Coming of Age in Hong Kong", Cha contributors, Nashua Gallagher and David McKirdy, will discuss poetry, growing up in Hong Kong, identity, the idea of 'home', and more. They will also read from their poetry collections. Moderated by Cha's co-editor Tammy Ho Lai-Ming.

Date: Friday 13 April 2018
Speakers: Nashua Gallagher and David McKirdy
Time: 7:30-8:45
Venue: Bleak House Books (Unit 2705, 9 Pat Tat Street, Well Tech Centre, San Po Kong, Hong Kong)

Nashua Gallagher is the founding director of Peel Street Poetry, a literary arts collective that have ran spoken word sessions and other events in Hong Kong for the past twelve years. Her work has previously been featured in Not A Muse (2009), OutLoud Too (2013) and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. She has performed her poetry at several Hong Kong International Literary Festivals, TEDxWanchai's main stage event, and her debut poetry collection, All the Words a Stage, will be published in 2018. She lives, works and writes in Hong Kong with her husband, two children and growing menagerie of animals.

David McKirdy is one of Hong Kong's best-known poets. He was born in Scotland, raised in Hong Kong and confused in England when he arrived there for the first time as a twenty-year-old. Once he returned to Hong Kong, he never left again. His poetry collections are Accidental Occidental (2005) and Ancestral Worship (2014), and he serves as Poetry Editor for Hong Kong-based Chameleon Press. In David's own words: 'The things I love most about Hong Kong are the people, their energy, pragmatism, sense of humour and ability to get things done. We are a city of immigrants or offspring of immigrants so, even though I am not Chinese, I have been here longer than most [other] Hongkongers and have a stake in the future of this city. I hope to stay here forever.'

Cha Reading Series {http://bit.ly/2fnE9EE} takes the online journal out into the physical world. It brings together poets, writers, translators and artists who are in some way or other affiliated with Cha. Readings will take place in various impromptu locations across the city, in public and private rooms, lecture halls, on park benches, in front of billboards, next to a window scratched by tree branches. They will read their work informally or seriously. They will discuss issues, argue, debate and exchange. We also hope to form dialogue and explore specific pertinent topics that inspire or beset the contemporary world. Suggestions for future events can be sent to t@asiancha.com.