Stories of resentful dragons and the streets of old Shanghai, written by two Island School students, have been shortlisted in the Hong Kong Young Writers Awards.
Anya Saunders and Ravi Jain are the two Island School young authors shortlisted for the Hong Kong Young Writers Award of 2017. They took on the challenge to write a story using this year’s theme “The New Tales of Old Shanghai.”
Anya’s story “Last days in Wujiang Lu” is about dragons that had been abused and forced out of power and had become resentful. To keep from starving they decide to kill and eat a human. She said: “I chose to write about this because I thought it would be interesting to write mythic creatures in a darker, modern setting. I’m amazed I got shortlisted. I really enjoyed writing the story so I think it’s great other people enjoyed reading it too.”
Ravi’s story is about two street food vendors on a food street in the middle of old Shanghai, which they discover is due to be demolished. His story shares the same name as the theme.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held on 22 March 2017.