Good Reading : July 2015
GOOD READING JULY 2015 11 BOOK TRIVIA GREAT WRITERS’ QUOTES CREATIVE WRITING CLAMPDOWN IN HONG KONG During Occupy Central – the civil disobedience event that brought part of Hong Kong to a grinding halt last year – several creative writing students at City University published essays in support of the protest. And back in February over 1000 academics signed a petition in which they condemned political interference in academic life. Now City University of Hong Kong has recently – and abruptly – shut down one of its programs in creative writing. The Lowy Institute has said that education will be Hong Kong’s next battleground. J R R Tolkien, author of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, typed all his books with only two fingers. FUN FACTOID verylikeawhale DID YOU KNOW? That the character of Peter Pan, dreamed up by J M Barr ie, was inspired by three real boys the author met in Kensington Gardens in London? The Scottish author struck up an unlikely friendship with the three Llewellyn Davies brothers as he was walking his St Bernard dog in the parklands. Barrie charmed them with fairy tales and pirate stor ies, and eventually these imaginative encounters grew into the stories of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. A first edition of Peter Pan has recently gone up for auction, signed by Barrie as a gift to the boys’ nurse. DID YOU KNOW? hat the character of Peter Pan, dreamed We read to know that we are not alone No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance C S Lewis Confucius FUN FACTOID Kong’s next battleground.