Upcoming Events


Book Launch with Alfie Bown

Author of The Playstation Dreamworld

Tuesday November 22nd, 7pm


From mobile phones to consoles, tablets and PCs, we are now a generation of gamers. While cyberspace is increasingly dominated by corporate organization, gaming, at its most subversive, can nevertheless produce radical forms of enjoyment which threaten the capitalist norms that are created and endlessly repeated in our daily relationships with mobile phones, videogames, computers and other forms of technological entertainment. Far from being a book solely for dedicated gamers, this book dissects the structure of our relationships to all technological entertainment at a time when entertainment has become ubiquitous. We can no longer escape our fantasies but rather live inside their digital reality.

Free Entry.


Book Signing, Reading and Discussion with Bjorn Turmann

Author of In This Invisible

Wednesday 29th, 7pm


Wesley Waterford, self-help author and speaker, escapes New York for Phnom Penh to write his third book. By chance, he discovers the Wesley Waterford book club, befriending Lida, the group’s leader, and Mother, expert translator and Khmer Rouge holocaust survivor.

Facing questions and uncertainty about his stay in Phnom Penh, Lida encourages Waterford to reconnect with his childhood friend, Rotha, a refugee to California in the eighties. Rotha’s return to Waterford’s life after twenty-five years, the unpredictable energy of her personality and provocations – and her first trip back to Cambodia since fleeing the revolution – brings the characters together to confront history, secrets and self-doubt.

Free Entry 



Accomplice to Memory by Q M Zhang

Thursday 30th November , 10am – 11:30am 

 GROWHOUSE Repulse Bay

Q.M. Zhang pieces together the mystery of her father’s exodus from China to the US during the two decades of civil and world war leading up to the 1949 revolution. One day, late in his life, Zhang’s father tells her a story she never heard before, and suddenly all of his previous stories begin to unravel. Part memoir, novel and historical documentary, this is a tale of love, espionage and betrayal.

Tickets $200, available in-store.

Past Events

Please join us for an evening with poet Kate Rogers for a discussion about the principles of editing poetry. She will illustrate the process using before and after examples from poems by W.B. Yeats, as well as sharing early and finished examples of her own published poems. WiPS member Susan Lavender will take part in the evening to give voice to the poetry of Yeats.

Kate will offer tips on creating fresh and original metaphors, avoiding cliché, editing poetry for brevity and avoiding the grammar of prose. The session will include an editing activity for the audience, with time to share work at the end of the evening.

Kate Rogers’ new poetry collection, Out of Place, will be published by Toronto-based
Aeolus House in the summer of 2017. She lectures in literature and media studies
at the Community College of City University in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017
6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Growhouse, G/F Baskerville House
13 Duddell Street / 22 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

Please RSVP to wipshk@gmail.com
Admission: HK$100 includes a drink and refreshments.

Repulse Bay Weekly Storytelling

Join us every Saturday as we journey through stories from a different perspective and experience the wonder of books at our ongoing storytelling series. These FREE events will be  brought to you by a different accomplished author each week, starting with Bhakti Mathur on 13 May. Perfect for ages 3+.

Date: Every Saturday, beginning 13 May, 10:30-11 am
Venue: Repulse Bay

The Art of Storytelling

Join us for a special workshop in Central perfect for 10 to 14 year-olds. This workshop will use reading, writing, and storytelling to ignite your child’s imagination and reignite their passion for learning! GROWHOUSE is partnering with editor Sam Strozzo and international best-selling author Pashmina P. to deliver this interactive workshop that you don’t want to miss!

Please register here to take part in this terrific event.

Date: 19 May, 5-7 pm
Venue: GROWHOUSE Central

GROWHOUSE Extravaganza

This free afternoon activity merged laughter and learning for all children involved. Pre-schoolers joined us for a meet and greet on 26-27 November with The Very Cranky Bear. This included a dramatic reading and inspiring reading workshop with The Very Cranky Bear, as well as a visit from the Bear himself! They came for The Very Cranky Bear, and stayed for the activities straight out of our new Early Book Explorer curriculum!

RAISING Kids with Picture Books by Catherine Chan

Picture books play an important role in a child’s development. This bi-lingual English and Cantonese seminar was about introducing children to the concept of reading. How can you select the appropriate picture books, and use them with kids appropriately to inspire their thinking? Catherine gave her tips and GROWHOUSE teachers demonstrated the techniques she shared.

Date: 27th October 2016, 12.30pm – 1.30pm 
Venue: GROWHOUSE Central

Catherine Chan has been working for newspaper companies that publish English educational titles for more than a decade. She has published several children books and written numerous articles for Hong Kong Economic Times and the Sing Tao Group where Catherine also set up an editorial team to produce English newspapers for primary and secondary students. Catherine is a firm advocate of promoting children’s literature; currently, she is a contributing writer of a children’s literature column published in Smart Parents magazine. Catherine graduated from university with a journalism degree. She loves journalism as well as young learners’ education.

Panel discussion: My Mother is an Author

Have you dreamed of writing professionally but the responsibilities of work and family prevented you from pursuing this? Well, three mothers with jobs in Finance, Media and Banking have proven that you can! Dreams can come true, regardless of your age, profession and obligations. In this discussion, three inspiring women proved that if you have the passion, anything is possible!

Date: 28th October 2016, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Venue: GROWHOUSE Central

Bhakti Mathur, Diana Wu David, and Mio Debnam

(please find the bio of speakers here)