Yuan Yang, the English literary journal published by the University of Hong Kong's English Department, is back. Students made the locally popular drink, yuan yang - a mixture of tea and coffee - symbolising the mix of creative works in the journal, at the launch this week. The latest issue contains poems by students. There are also contributions by other writers including chair professor and head of the department, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, pictured right with students. The book is available at bookstores and from the Internet.
Meanwhile, HKU English lecturers today hold the last of three weekly poetry workshops for secondary and primary students. The sessions form part of the Moving Poetry project, which is included in the celebrations for HKU's 90th anniversary. The best poems will be presented on buses and trains in September and October. Professor Lim, the artistic director of the project, stressed the value of poetry writing. 'There is still an ambivalent attitude to English in Hong Kong. By making it fun, we can show how English can be a creative tool. Young people should be encouraged to play with words, not worry about them. Poetry is great for that.'