Acknowledgements & Credits

A Grain of Sand: Poems from Hong Kong


Professor Simon Haines, Head and Chair Professor of the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, warmly supported this project, and the staff of the General Office, especially Ms Tracy Liang and Ms Virginia Lo, working together with Mr. Samuel Ng, devoted much time and effort to the production. I am grateful to the four poets who kindly agreed to take part in the project, as well as their publishers who enabled us to read their poetry in book form in the first place. But as poetry is also to be heard, the recording was made, and I truly appreciate the patience of the poets in the process of filming. The Department of English in general fostered an environment in which I have conducted happily my intellectual pursuits, and to each and every member of the department I have known, past and present, I am deeply indebted.

Help also came in from other quarters of the University, notably Ms Maria Lau, Dr. Louisa Lam, and Mr. Jeff Liu of the University Library, Ms Angelina Wong of the Chinese University Press, and the Art Museum. Professor Evelyn Chan kindly read the foreword. Alumni and friends of the English Department, in particular Joseph Lin, Joyce Chan, Koel Ko, and Eva Leung, and other lovers of images have also contributed, as can be seen on the credits list.

For the acknowledgements video and production images, please click.


The editor is grateful to the individuals and organisations shown below for giving permissions to use in this collection the images created and/or owned by them.

Banner & Logo
Koel Ko. Red-throated Loon (Gavia Stellata) 紅喉潛鳥 (winter). Digital image. Non-Passerines of Hong Kong. Koel Ko, 24 Oct. 2010.

Louise Ho

“Colours of Corot"
Camille Corot.Civita Castellana. Digital image., n.d. Public Domain.

“Upon Hearing of a Friend’s Death”
New Asia College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Image of Farm Road Campus, New Asia College.

“Incense Tree”
Ng Pui Han of the Association for the Ecological and Cultural Conservation of Aquilaria Sinensis. Two images of incense tree hacked down.

Andrew Parkin

“Love at Dusk”
Joseph Lin. Video of view from Shaw College.

“Love Letter to a Woman in Paris”
Koel Ko, from his album Non-Passerines of Hong Kong. 24 Oct. 2010. Digital Images.
Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx Intermedia) 中白鷺 (non-breeding).
Swinhoe's Egret (Egretta eulophotes) 黃咀白鷺 (breeding).
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 大白鷺 (breeding).
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 小白鷺 (breeding).

“Tolo Lights”
Joseph Lin. Image of highway near the university.

Kit Fan

“Hero Tree”
Hero tree (blossoming). Digital image. The Green Touch, n.d.

“China Landscape in the Forecourt of the British Museum”
Handkerchief Tree. Digital image. N.p., n.d.. Public Domain.
Lawrence Lavigne. Jiuzhaigou Panda Lake. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. N.p., Aug. 2004. Web. Public Domain.

Paper Scissors Stone
Evelyn Chan. Image of children.

Harp Music
Eva Leung playing an excerpt from "La Source” by Hasselmans. Recorded Feb 2017.


All the above URLs were accessed on the Web on April 26, 2017.

Egret standing in water