Write it like Beckham

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 March, 2006, 12:00am

In writing, as in sport, it is best to 'just do it'. Laura Ros' writers' group was looking for motivation so they decided to pen some short stories for charity and now those tales have turned into a collection for young adults called Thomas Beckham Wang.

'It was a way to take our writing further and benefit the community at the same time,' says part-time writer Ros (left).

'One of our group volunteers for Friends Unlimited, which is not a very well known charity; they help underprivileged local children. We thought, why not give ourselves a goal and write distinctly Asian-themed stories for a young audience.' The book will be launched tonight at the Conrad Hotel's pool deck. Local satirist Nury Vittachi helped edit, Lorette Roberts contributed illustrations, while Ros helped put Thomas Beckham Wang together. Incidentally, the name is from one of the short stories. 'It's about a young Hong Kong boy obsessed with football. We thought about a general Asian title but ... this was the most unusual.'