Prof Leung Ping-kwan, Chair Professor of Comparative Literature at Lingnan University, has been honoured with the Award for Best Artist 2010 (Literary Arts) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
The adjudication panel applauded Prof Leung for building a rich and varied literary repertoire over the years, covering a diverse range of literary genres such as poetry, prose and fiction, as well as editorial works and literary criticism. He is acclaimed as a representative figure of Hong Kong literature whose works are forward-looking and of a unique style.
At the ceremony, famous writer Xiao Si (Lo Wei-luen) commended Prof Leung for being a creative writer as well as an accomplished scholar, who has contributed a lot to literary criticism and nurturing new authors.
On winning the honour, Prof Leung said that the award was a form of recognition for Hong Kong literature rather than his own achievements. Prof Leung established the course Literature and Cinema in Contemporary Chinese Society at the University of Hong Kong and Lingnan University, which has become very popular among students. He also initiated the Creative Writing in Chinese course and the “Writer-in-residence” programme. The Centre for Humanities Research he headed organised a conference on “Film in Education” last year, which has drawn great response from scholars, film makers and the literary and cultural circle.
Prof Leung won the “Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature” twice, for his novel Postcard from Prague and his collection of poems entitled Midway. He has published over 50 books of poetry, novels and prose, which has been translated into English, French, German and Japanese.