British Library at the Hong Kong Literature Festival

Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest. Portrait photograph by Napoleon Sarony.

Oscar Wilde takes centre-stage

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The life, work and literary legacy of Oscar Wilde will be centre-stage at a special event taking place at Hong Kong International Literary Festival on 4 November 2018. The British Library Session will feature renowned theatre directors Tang Shu-wing and Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe), Dr Marco Wang of The University of Hong Kong and British Library curator Alexandra Ault, who has responsibility for one of the world’s most important collections of original Oscar Wilde manuscripts, held by the British Library.

The panel event – which will explore stage and film adaptations of Wilde, connections between the Hong Kong and UK literary landscapes, and Wilde’s status for LGBTQ audiences and creators – is one of several to take place in Hong Kong as part of the Library’s three-year cultural exchange programme, The British Library in China: connecting through culture and learning, to share its collections with people across mainland China and Hong Kong. 

If you can’t make it to Hong Kong, the event will be livestreamed on the Hong Kong Literary Festival Facebook page on Sunday 4 November at 20.30 Hong Kong time, 12.30 UK time.

To coincide with the event, we are making digitised versions of all of our Oscar Wilde play scripts available online via our Discovering Literature website.

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