Friday, 20 March 2015
IMPRINT 14 Launch Party


By Carol Dyer

It was at a millennial WiPS brainstorming session held at the University of Hong Kong in early 2001 that the idea of an anthology of members' work arose. Originally conceived as a properly produced but simple, printed handout to be distributed among members and friends, the publication has grown over the years to an almost 300-page book that contains some very accomplished writing and artwork and now graces book shops, libraries, clubs, consulates, chambers of commerce, doctors・ surgeries etc. and many family homes, in Hong Kong and overseas.

So it was that on Friday 20th March, more than 60 contributors, WiPS members and guests gathered at the FCC to celebrate the launch of Imprint issue 14 in an atmosphere of conviviality borne by a sense of shared achievement.

The first event of the evening was the presentation of prizes to the winners of our young writers' competition, also now in its 14th year. The prizes were generously donated by our long-term sponsor Dymocks and for the first time this year, Fotomax,. Shannon Young, our MC for the evening, read an extract from the winning student・s piece.

After a break to refill our glasses and enjoy some of the FCC・s delicious food, it was time to officially introduce Imprint. Shannon gave a short overview of the anthology・s history and the content of this latest issue as a prelude to readings by Janet Mann, Betty Bownath and Sarah Merrill Mowat. Those members who had been involved with the production of Imprint and had helped with the student competition were named and thanked, and the rest of the evening was spent in a lively exchange of literary and other conversation.

Imprint 14 is probably our best issue yet; some of the writing is very powerful and the artwork is beautiful. We hope the cover reflects its contents: the hat of a working, independent woman, an edginess in the ironmongery softened by the flower-like fretwork of the door and an aura of Eastern confidence suggested by the gold. :I just love the cover! It's so Hong Kong!; one long-time overseas member writes!