Hong Kong's biggest literary event of the year kicks off on March 6. The Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival is in its sixth year, uniting authors and readers. The good news is that it has even more to offer teen readers. The bad news is that places are limited and it books up fast. The schools programme largely reaches out to international school students, with more than 40 schools involved this year. The 21 sessions are almost all sold out. If you're quick, you can grab one of the last few spots with one of the festival's star attractions: Ian Whybrow. He's a former Hong Kong resident who now lives in Britain and is best known for Little Wolf and Harry and the Dinosaur. Children's author Minfong Ho, who uses Asia as a backdrop for her writing, will have a particular appeal for local audiences. Her beautiful and atmospheric picture book Hush! A Thai Lullaby is about a mother trying to get her daughter to sleep. Rice Without Rain, about a 17-year-old girl in rural Thailand, was awarded the ALA Best Book for Young Adults. But fear not if you've missed out on the school events, as several of the adult sessions may appeal to teen bookworms. One of the festival's biggest draws is Irish poet Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. On March 6, he will read a selection of poems he's written over the last 40 years. (University of Hong Kong, 5.30pm). Entry to the reading is free. If you attend Heaney's reading and are inspired to pen a few poems of your own, you might want to take the plunge and read them out in front of a live audience. Poetry Open Mike at the Fringe is a free event on March 11 at 8pm. Also worth catching is a screening of the Australian film Rabbit Proof Fence (Fringe Club, March 9 at 7pm). It's based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls who were forcibly taken from their parents to be assimilated into white society - and of their daring escape. The film was adapted from a book by Doris Pilkington, whose mother was one of the girls in the story. Pilkington will attend the screening and answer questions from the audience. All the festival details - authors and programmes - are available on the festival site at www.festival.org.hk/2006 . If you miss out on the school programmes this year, you might want to talk to your teacher and make sure that you don't miss out next year.