The Happy Family: Gumbo and the Large-mouthed Monster

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28 Jan - 30 Jun, 2022




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“The Happy Family”, a collaboration of a novel of the same title, music and projection, premiered in October 2021 as part of Tai Kwun’s "SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts". Selected entries in the “Gumbo at home” open call for drawings were displayed at the venue, showcasing Gumbo’s toys, home environment, and the monster that haunts him in different drawing styles. After the performance and exhibition, Wong Yi, novelist for “The Happy Family”, created a bonus chapter for the audio novel inspired by elements from these drawings. In “Gumbo and the Large-mouthed Monster”, Gumbo and his favourite purple sock from the drawings joins Maria in another imaginative adventure against a large-mouthed monster in the house: how will Gumbo and Maria respond this time?

Click here to view the selected entries in the “Gumbo at home” open call



Wong Yi

Hong Kong writer Wong Yi is the winner of several literary awards, including the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2018 Award for Young Artist (Literary Arts). She has been a judge at local literary competitions, and a columnist at various local newspapers and magazines, including Ming Pao Weekly, Sunday Ming Pao, Fleurs des lettres, Linepaper. She is currently the editor-at-large at Fleurs des lettres and the host of RTHK’s radio programme “Book Review”, and is one of Unitas Magazine’s “20 Young Sinophone Novelists To Watch”.

She is the author of 3 short stories collections The Four Seasons of Lam Yip (2019), Patched Up (2015), and News Stories (2010). Selected stories and essays were translated into English and published in Neighborhood (Spicy Fish Cultural Production, 2019) and The Pulse of Nature — Mid-Levels West (MCCM Creations, 2019). In 2019, at the invitation of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, she wrote the libretto for the Cantonese-language chamber opera Women Like Us by Hong Kong composer Daniel Lo.

Wong graduated from the University of Hong Kong reading Psychology and Comparative Literature and holds a Master of Arts in English from King’s College London.