The Works

The Works

Type:VideoLanguage:EnglishCategories:Personalities FeatureArts & CultureStatus:On going Description: RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene.

The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

Added illumination comes from interviews with leading performers and producers, interspersed with updates on events affecting the development of the territory 's artistic and cultural life. There's also in – most weeks – a live studio performance.

The Works is aired on TVB Pearl every Tuesday at HKT 1900 -1930 and on RTHK 31 & 31A at 00:00.

Live webcast & RTHK31: Tuesday HKT 0000 - 0030

Archive available later after live webcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.

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Feature of authors: Hyeonseo Lee, Adam Johnson, Wilbur Smith & Mark O'Neil 00:21:57 2016-11-30
Today we’re dedicating the whole show to an area of art that many would consider to be the most central to our culture, values, and beliefs: literature. We’re talking to four writers whose works include an autobiographical account of escape from North Korea, fictions based in North Korea and South Africa, and a history of two palace museums in Taiwan and mainland China. First though, we head to a country that few outsiders can get to know closely or even enter easily: North Korea. Any trip there, even if you do get a permit, is likely to be closely supervised by individuals who will go to great pains to ensure you will see only what you are supposed to. And report only what they want. At the Hong Kong International Literary Festival early in November two very different authors took two very different approaches to shining some light on life in the country. One is defector and human-rights activist Hyeonseo Lee. The other is novelist Adam Johnson.

History can be approached, interpreted and even manipulated in all sorts of way. For best-selling novelist Wilbur Smith, South Africa is at the heart of most of his historical fiction. He has written three long chronicles about the country, part of a body of work that includes more than 35 novels that have sold more than 120 million copies worldwide. Journalist and author Mark O’Neil also focuses on history, although not in fictional form. He has written six books on the history of China. His latest: “The Miraculous History of China’s Two Palace Museums” tells the remarkable story of how museum staff on both sides of the strait preserved valuable artifacts in the face of much political turbulence. We met both authors at this year’s Hong Kong Book Fair.