Title: Footfalls Echo in the Memory
Author:
Dr. Verner Bickley
Date: 24 May, 2011 7:30 pm

Location:
The Book Attic
Cockloft, 2 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
Book Launch
Specialised in book restoration
Introduction:
The Education Service was a vital sector of the British Colonial Service while the British
Council has been paramount in promoting the English language and culture overseas. But
are both agents of colonialism and neo-colonialism' Or simply altruistic conveyors of
language and culture to a wider world.

Verner Bickley as an Education Officer in British Colonial Service in Singapore and as
British Council officer in Burma, Indonesia and Japan, shows how cultural values were
uppermost and important in themselves though the medium of the near-universal English
language, and vital for technical training. Bickley's service was set against a backdrop of
political turbulence after World War II, colonial independence movements and the
emergence of Japan as an economic powerhouse. This personal account of his career is
enlivened by a succession of meetings with diverse personalities, including royalty, British
and Thai, as well as writers like Anthony Burgess, Graham Greene and Willis Hall and
actors such as Donald Sinden, Patrick Stewart and Max Adrian.

Author Biography:
Dr Verner Bickley, MBE, Ph.D., was born in England and educated at the University of
London. He has held varied university, government and British Council positions including
at senior levels, in Singapore, Burma, Indonesia, Japan, Hawaii, Saudia Arabia and Hong
Kong. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow, Centre of Asian Studies, University of
Hong Kong and Chairman, Proverse Hong Kong. Dr Bickley has had extensive radio and
television experience with the then BBC Far Eastern Station; NHK, Tokyo; Radio Republik
Indonesia and Radio Singapore. He is the author of more than twenty textbooks and
articles on international education, language and culture.