Knowledge Exchange


Second Century Lecture Series 
Lecture by Sarah Howe

Photo credit: Hayley Mad


Date: November 8, 2016, Tuesday
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong
Free admission 
Registration is required:

In January of this year Hong Kong-born British poet Sarah Howe followed in the footsteps of literary greats, including Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, by winning the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Her winning debut collection, Loop of Jade, is an ambitious exploration of her dual Anglo-Chinese heritage, drawing on themes of identity and displacement. Howe is in conversation with Wendy Gan as part of the Second Century Lectures Series hosted by the Faculty of Arts of the University of Hong Kong.

About Sarah Howe:
Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times / PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. Her pamphlet, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia (Tall-lighthouse, 2009), won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry ReviewPoetry London, The GuardianThe Financial TimesPloughshares and Poetry, as well as anthologies such as Ten: The New Wave and four editions of The Best British Poetry. She has performed her work at festivals internationally and on BBC Radio 3 & 4. She is the founding editor of Prac Crit, an online journal of poetry and criticism.

Previous fellowships include a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, a Hawthornden Fellowship, the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and a Fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute. Find out more about her latest academic projects here. She is currently a Leverhulme Fellow in English at University College London.

About the Second Century Lecture Series:
The Second Century Lecture Series aims to maintain the momentum of the University's Centenary celebrations by bringing the most distinguished scholars in their field to share their experience and world-class expertise with the University and the public.

The Second Century Lecture is co-organised by the Faculty of Arts and the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. Sarah Howe will appear in two other Hong Kong International Literary Festival events.