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  • Perceptions


Gillian Bickley

English , 2012/03 Proverse Hong Kong

Tags: Biography

210 x 145 mm , 288pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-988-19934-5-8

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PERCEPTIONS consists of short pieces, poetry or poem-like essays, written over a period of thirty years, on various serious and reflective topics, but with some humorous and occasional work too. As in Gillian Bickley's previous collections, the subjects occur internationally: this time, in the Pyrenees, Nigeria, Hawai'i, Albania, as well as Hong Kong. Taken as a whole, this fifth poetry collection recognizes the need for shelter and survival, the desire for love, for achievement, for feelings of self-worth, for objects on which to bestow reciprocal affection and the search for high-order achievements beyond the self. Reaching beyond this, Perceptions considers the needs of other species, our responsibilities towards them and the fragile environment that we all share.

Gillian Bickley, born and educated in the United Kingdom, has lived mostly in Hong Kong since 1970. Her books include China Suite and other Poems (2009), Sightings: a collection of Poetry (2007), Moving House and other Poems from Hong Kong (2005) and For the Record and other Poems of Hong Kong (2003), the latter two now translated into Chinese. She is the author of The Stewarts of Bourtreebush (2003) and The Golden Needle: The Biography of Frederick Stewart (1836-1889) (1997), and editor of The Complete Court Cases of Magistrate Frederick Stewart (2008), A Magistrate's Court in Nineteenth Century Hong Kong: Court in Time (2005; 2nd edition, 2009), The Development of Education in Hong Kong, 1841-1897 (2002) and Hong Kong Invaded! A ’97 Nightmare (2001). Her poetry has been anthologised in Hong Kong, the Philippines and the United Kingdom & translated into several languages. Dr Bickley was Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the Hong Kong Baptist University for twenty-two years. She has also held academic positions at the University of Lagos (Nigeria), Auckland (New Zealand) and the University of Hong Kong. She is now an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre of Asian Studies, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong. She is a Council Member, Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong Branch) and Co-ordinator of Literary Activities for the English Speaking Union (Hong Kong). With her husband, Verner Bickley, she is co-founder of The Proverse Prize for unpublished writing.



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