Since the YRF's inception seven years ago, we have worked with over 21,000 primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong. With family literacy rates in Hong Kong being one of the lowest in the world, now is the time to ensure that we're doing everything we can to motivate and inspire young people to engage with the written word - whether that be novels, articles, poetry or comic books. Sustained reading not only offers children the opportunity to improve their English language skills and vocabulary, but it also provides a crucial gateway to cultural exchange and exposes young people to diverse topics and current affairs.
Once again, this year we have focussed on expanding our Schools Programme with a goal of delivering more talks and workshops than ever before. International award-winning children's writers and illustrators joining us include Jason Reynolds, Frances Hardinge, Wendy Shang, Kenneth Oppel and Kate De Goldi. We are also thrilled to feature writers from closer to home, including Dora Tsang, Howard Wong and Anjali Mittal.
The Festival would not be able to flourish each year without the support of our donors and sponsors. Thanks to them, we are able to continue to unite outstanding writers and educators with Hong Kong's young readers. This year, for the first time, we are collaborating with Hysan Development and look forward to presenting a weekend of fun and interactive events for families at Lee Garden Two. Details of these events can be found here.
Whether a parent, teacher or reader, we welcome you to join the Young Readers Festival and to become part of our important and growing community here in Hong Kong!
Christine Van and Winnie Ng
Hong Kong International Literary Festival Limited