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IWD Literary Drinks | Celebrating Hong Kong Women Authors

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IWD Literary Drinks | Celebrating Hong Kong Women Authors
IWD Literary Drinks | Celebrating Hong Kong Women Authors


Mar 05, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Women's Lounge, 4th floor, Hollywood Commercial House, 3-5 Old Bailey St, Central, Hong Kong


Join us for an evening of celebrating women authors. In a takeover of the Women's Lounge regular Tuesday night book club, the Literary Festival brings 3 of Hong Kong's women authors to come share their stories, process and inspiration over drinks. This event is suitable for anyone looking for strong IWD networking, anyone curious about writing and anyone that wants to open their minds to new ideas and stories.

⭐️ About the Authors

Erica Lyons

Erica Lyons moved to Hong Kong from New York for two years, 21 years ago. Like most writers, she was once a lawyer.

She made her debut into children’s books in 2022. Her children’s book focus is on picture books through middle grade novels with a preference for traditional tales/folklore and also historical fiction inspired by the footnotes of history books. She loves writing strong girl characters and reimagining the women that we already know both from history and folklore.

In the world of writing for adults, she was the founder and editor-in-chief of Asian Jewish Life : a journal of spirit, society and culture celebrating the diversity of the Jewish experience in Asia and of Asian Jewry. She has also contributed chapters to several books, most recently to Growing Up Jewish in India, edited by Ori Z. Soltes, which illuminates the work of artist Siona Benjamin.

She is an active member of the Hong Kong’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the chair of the Hong Kong Jewish Historical Society and the founder and director of PJ Library Hong Kong.

She is the mother of five children and two rescue cats.

Sonia Leung 

Sonia Leung, a Hong Kong-based poet and writer, is the author of Don’t Cry, Phoenix (2020), a bilingual poetry collection, and The Girl Who Dreamed: A Hong Kong Memoir of Triumph Against the Odds (2024). Her awards include Wordview 2023 (poetry) and Hong Kong’s Top Story 2015 and 2016.

Sonia Leung’s The Girl Who Dreamed: A Hong Kong Memoir of Triumph Against the Odds is an uncompromising account of resilience and perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. In a narrative rich with allusions to the classics of Chinese literature, Leung details how her dream of self-actualisation in Hong Kong was brutally unraveled by those she trusted, shortly after rejoining her family from the Mainland in a slum in Diamond Hill.

Sue Lynn Tan

Sue Lynn Tan Tan is the USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of Daughter of

the Moon Goddess, Heart of the Sun Warrior and Tales of the Celestial Kingdom.

Her books are USA Today and Sunday Times bestsellers, have been nominated for several

awards, and will be translated into sixteen languages.

Born in Malaysia, Sue Lynn studied in London and France, before moving to Hong Kong with

her family. Her love for stories began with a gift from her father, her first compilation of

fairytales from around the world, and she spent much of her childhood lost in magical worlds.

When not writing or reading, she enjoys exploring the hills, lakes, and temples around her home.

Find her at, or on Instagram @suelynntan.

*Please note that photos and videos of participants may be taken during the activities,which may be used by the organiser and the major sponsor for educational andpromotional purposes in any way deemed appropriate, including disseminationthrough printed and online channels. Participation in the programme will constitutethe participants’ consent to the above arrangement.



The Hong Kong International Literary Festival (HKILF) inspires the joy of reading by bringing the world’s writers and stories to Hong Kong’s diverse communities. A dynamic year-round programme and an annual festival offer dialogue, entertainment and perspective, while the Young Readers Festival (YRF) motivates students to engage with all aspects of the written word, improving communication skills, while nurturing the art of writing and storytelling.

The annual festival features established and emerging writers from around the world, alongside local literary talents, in a programme that includes panel discussions, book talks, readings, workshops, walks, school programmes, performances, and more.

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