READ@PolyU X Cultural July: Meet renowned writers and get FREE Hong Kong Book Fair ticket

Good news to PolyU readers! A total of 40 Hong Kong Book Fair admission tickets will be offered to PolyU students upon attending a selected session in the International Writers Sharing Seminars held between 17-23 July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). You will have a chance to meet with renowned sci-fi and mystery fiction writers, which opens you to a new world of literary appreciation. This event is supported by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Follow the steps below to redeem your FREE Hong Kong Book Fair ticket.

  1. Register here. Seats are limited. First-come, first served.
  2. Upon successful registration, collect the ticket redemption letter at the Library by 12 July.
  3. Sign up one of the selected International Writers Sharing Seminars below.
  4. After attending the seminar, redeem the free book fair ticket with your student card and the original copy of ticket redemption letter.

Selected International Writers Sharing Seminars at HKCEC:

Steven Erikson
Topic: Anthropology in World-Building
Date: 18/7 (Thursday)
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Venue: S222-223, HKCEC

Steven Erikson is the author of the ten-volume epic fantasy series, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, as well as other works of fantasy, science fiction and contemporary fiction. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he worked as an archaeologist for eighteen years. He holds degrees in Anthropology, Fine Arts, and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His latest publication is Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart, a First Contact SF novel. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Will Dean
Topic: Books are more powerful than movies
Date: 19/7 (Friday)
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Venue: S222-223, HKCEC

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying at the LSE and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy forest clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes. His bestselling debut thriller Dark Pines was chosen for ITV’s Zoe Ball Book Club and shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Award Crime novel of the Year, The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize, and the National Book Awards.

Emma Newman
Topic: Let me tell you a story. What it is really like to be an audiobook narrator
Date: 19/7 (Friday)
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Venue: S222-223, HKCEC

Emma Newman writes short stories, novels and novellas in multiple speculative fiction genres. She won the British Fantasy Society Best Short Story Award 2015 for “A Woman’s Place” in the 221 Baker Streets anthology. 'Between Two Thorns', the first book in Emma's Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer 2014 awards. Her science-fiction novel, After Atlas, was shortlisted for the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke award and the third novel in the Planetfall series, Before Mars, has been shortlisted for a BSFA Best Novel award. Emma is also a professional audiobook narrator and also co-wrote and hosted the Alfie and Hugo Award winning podcast 'Tea and Jeopardy'.

Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin
Topic: How to get 3 million children to fall asleep?
Date: 20/7 (Sat)
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Venue: S222-223, HKCEC


Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin is the author of the bestselling bedtime story The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, that started out as a self-published book and now is translated to 46 languages and sold over 3 million copies. The Rabbit book was the first self-published book ever to become a No. 1 Amazon bestseller, and in 5 different countries at the same. He recently released his latest children’s book, Brave Morris – A week upside down, that immediately went up as a No. 1 Bestseller in Japan. Carl-Johan’s passion for making the world a better place shows in the type of books he writes, always aiming to create innovative solutions for day to day problems. Carl-Johan has an educational background with a bachelor degree in psychology, studies within communication and personal development. In his books he mixes science with his experience within coaching, teaching at universities and management groups.

Natasha Pulley
Topic: Speculative Fiction with Natasha Pulley
Date: 17/7 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Venue: S222-223, HKCEC

Natasha Pulley is a British fantasy and historical fiction writer. She studied English at Oxford and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, before completing a teaching fellowship at Waseda University in Tokyo. Her debut novel, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, was an international bestseller.

Bernard Werber
Topic: “Reality vs. Fantasy: How to develop imagination?”
Date: 21/7(Sun)
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Venue: S222-223, HKCEC

With over 30 million books sold, Bernard Werber is one of France’s most widely read authors. His work is translated all over the world and challenges the frontiers of imagination by exploring all the mysteries of living creatures and afterlife with humour and poesy. Bernard Werber is a cult author in Russia and South Korea where he has been elected writer of the decade.

Selja Ahava
Topic: Hidden in Plain Sight:  The autobiographical in fiction
Date: 22/7 (Mon)
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Venue: S222-223, HKCEC

Selja Ahava is an author and scriptwriter from Finland. Her debut novel, “The Day the Whale Swam through London” was awarded with the Laila Hirvisaari Prize in 2010. Her second book, “Things that Fall from the Sky” won the EU Prize for Literature in 2016 and was nominated for the Finlandia Prize. Its translation rights have been sold to 17 territories so far. Her autobiographical novel “Before my Husband Disappears” came out in 2017.Ahava is currently working on her fourth novel that explores metamorphoses, both in insect life and fictional characters.

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