Breaking Down Stereotypes

From October 2 @ 11am (HK time 6pm)

  • Annie Fan
  • Antony Huen
  • L Kiew
  • Daryl Lim

Moderated by Prof Eddie Tay.

How can poetry help break down unjust stereotypes and bring about a greater sense of equality? From translating and reinventing classical Chinese poetry, to the use of multilingual expressions, these poets reflect on the dismantling of stereotypes and injustices in our society.

Annie Fan is currently reading law at Oxford University. Their work has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and appears in Ambit, and The Manchester Review, among others. They have been a prizewinner in Tower Poetry, twice, and have won Lancaster University’s prizes for fiction and poetry, as well as being commended twice in Foyle Young Poets.

Antony Huen is a poet, critic, and academic. His latest and forthcoming publications include poems in amberflora, The Dark Horse, and harana poetry, and articles in Early Popular Visual Culture, Hong Kong Review of Books, and The Oxonian Review. He has contributed to various literary projects and events, including Cúirt International Festival of Literature, HK-SG Digital Travel Bubble, and New Defences of Poetry. With a PhD from the University of York, he is now a Research Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Metropolitan University.

L Kiew is an accountant, charity sector leader and poet. Her debut pamphlet The Unquiet came out with Offord Road Books in 2019. She is one of the 2019/2020 London Library Emerging Writers. She was shortlisted for 2017 Primers mentoring and publication scheme. Her poems have been published in Brittle Star, Butcher’s Dog, Ink Sweat and Tears, Lighthouse, Magma, Obsessed with Pipework, Tears in the Fence, The Scores, The North and Wasifiri, among other magazines and websites.

Daryl Lim Wei Jie is a poet, editor, translator and literary critic from Singapore. His first book of poetry is Book of Changes (2016). He is the co-editor of Food Republic: A Singapore Literary Banquet (2020), the first definitive anthology of literary food writing from Singapore. His poems won him the Golden Point Award in English Poetry in 2015, awarded by the National Arts Council. His latest book of poetry is Anything but Human, published by Landmark Books in 2021.

Born in Singapore, Eddie Tay teaches courses on creative writing and poetry at the Department of English, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also involved in the department’s Masterclasses initiative, whereby he engages creative writers to conduct creative writing workshops for secondary school students. He is the author of four volumes of poetry. His first, remnants, consists of renditions of mythic and colonial history of Malaya as well as an homage to the Tang Dynasty poets Li Bai, Du Fu and Li He. His second volume, A Lover’s Soliloquy, extends his interests in Tang Dynasty poetry through renditions of the erotic poetry of Li Shang-yin. It also explores the language of eroticism in the modern city life. His third, The Mental Life of Cities, is a winner of the 2012 Singapore Literature Prize. In it, he experiments with bilingual (English-Chinese) poetry. His fourth collection is Dreaming Cities.

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