Elly WidlerTo celebrate this year’s Hong Kong International Literary Festival, the Morning Brew show with Phil Whelan on RTHK Radio 3 will be broadcasting four more excerpts from Paul French’s book Destination Shanghai, read by the author…

Monday 9/11 – 11.40am – Florence Broadhurst Teaches Shanghai to Dance (1926)

Tuesday 10/11 – 11.40am – Langston Hughes’s Shanghai Sojourn (1935)

Wednesday 11/11 – 11.10am – Elly Widler: Shanghai’s Most Charming Gangster (1941)

Thursday 12/11 – 11.10am – Lily Flohr: From Weimar to the Huangpu (1938)

All four stories are adapted from Destination Shanghai (Blacksmith Books, 2018).

The recordings will be archived after the show by RTHK3 and uploaded to their podcasts site.

The previous four excerpts from the book are also available on RTHK3’s podcast site – Terese Rudolph, Cathay Hotel dancer (1937); Penelope Fitzgerald, author and 1970s tourist to Shanghai; movie stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford visit Shanghai in 1929; and Warner Oland brings Charlie Chan to Shanghai (1935).

Paul French will be talking about old Shanghai at an online event on Thursday November 12 at 7.30pm Hong Kong time. Full details at the literary festival.