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Penguin Pilar and the Sky of Hope, A Collection of Poems by Michelle Ling Allcock

3 December 2021 - 30 December 2021


Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) works in close partnership with author Michelle Ling Allcock for the fourth time to publish an illustration book Penguin Pilar and the Sky of Hope A Collection of Poems by Michelle Ling Allcock in Art for All programmes, following her illustration book series Daisy Fairy and the Bear and A Penguin Named Pilar and Other Short Stories. This time, Michelle made a new step forward in her creative writing and successfully completed her first poetry work. Expressing Michelle’s reflections about life, the illustration book includes nine original poems and stories with life-affirming and inspiring messages about dream, hope and friendship.

HKAC, in the belief that everyone is creative, is pleased to engage service users of Fu Hong Society in the participation of artistic creations for this book, allowing persons with disabilities to freely explore and unleash their boundless creativity to the fullest through art activities. An exhibition will be held in Diana Cheung Experimental Gallery, 3/F, HKAC (2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong), from 3rd to 30th December 2021 (10am – 6pm), showcasing a selection of colourful and vibrant artworks from the illustration book by these special art talents. Through this opportunity, it is hoped that an inclusive and supportive platform can be provided to empower the disabled persons, and the public will appreciate and embrace diversity through the lens of arts.

In the meantime, HAKC offers support to Fu Hong Society by collaborating with cookbook author Dominica Yang and publishing her new cookbook Mum’s Kitchen – Back to Basic. All proceeds from the sale of this cookbook benefit Fu Hong Society and Priscilla’s Home nested in Fu Hong Society. The book combines elements of culinary art and comics by Hong Kong artist, Tweety Bao, through which the author retells her heart-warming cooking stories with her late mother. The exhibition will also showcase the touching comics drawn for the book by Tweety Bao.

Penguin Pilar and the Sky of Hope A Collection of Poems by Michelle Ling Allcock and Mum’s Kitchen – Back to Basics published by HKAC are now available at the HKAC Art Shop and online store (hkacartshop.store).

Penguin Pilar and the Sky of Hope A Collection of Poems by Michelle Ling Allcock contains nine pieces of children’s poems and stories featuring animals and nature. Continuing in her signature pure and enchanting writing style, this time not only does she continue to share with her readers the power of love, longing and dreams, she naturally integrates her own reflections about life into her work, guiding readers on this amazing journey of hope and friendship.


A creative artist from Hong Kong born to a Chinese mother and an English father, Michelle Ling Allcock received her formal education at the Chinese International School in Hong Kong and graduated with a degree in Creative Events from the University of Kent, England. In her works Michelle draws upon the aestheticism and traditions of East and West. She has many hobbies and interests, including dancing, singing, song writing, flower arranging, jewellery making, ice skating and surfing.

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