Frustrated local novelists and poets have been urged to form a united front to get their lively but small output noticed by an apathetic public. Alex Kuo, organiser of Hong Kong Baptist University's first Writers' Festival, suggested that his fellow authors march on the Cultural Centre bookshop to complain that it contains no locally produced literature, but 'about 20 metres of shelf space devoted to classical works'. 'I think we should go there and refuse to leave until they get some Hong Kong literature,' he said. 'This is paid for by the tax-paying public.' Authors such as poet and Lingnan University academic P. K. Leung and publisher Mike Morrow of Asia 2000 suggested that arguments over whether true Hong Kong writers could or should publish in English were redundant, given translation possibilities. 'We really should not be splitting this literary world into two worlds if we want to get a critical mass to gain recognition,' Mr Morrow said. The only Hong Kong-born author well-known worldwide - Timothy Mo - is based in Britain. Hong Kong's top resident writer in English, Sussy Chako, typically sells about 1,000 copies per book in Hong Kong, others sell about 300 and local poets may sell only 50 to 100 copies. The Last Governor by Jonathan Dimbleby sold more than 10,000 in English. Finding outlets for work was one of the problems discussed at the weekend seminar entitled 'This is Home/This is Not Home' involving authors such as Chako, who writes as Xu Xi, Leung and publishing, book-selling and arts funding representatives. Eva Hung, editor at the Chinese University's Renditions firm which translates Chinese literature into English, challenged the Arts Development Council to put on more exhibitions and seminars on local works, instead of offering cash and then demanding time-consuming year-end reports. Chako, who commutes between the US and the SAR, said she 'had to go to New York to get funding - I certainly didn't get any from Hong Kong'. Council representative Josephine Wai Chi-fei agreed more could be done and said an extra literary worker would soon start work. But she said small print runs were often not cost-effective to support.