An award-winning children's author from Scotland was left stranded after Hong Kong announced the closure of all primary schools and kindergartens until the end of the Lunar New Year.
Stuart Reid arrived on Saturday and was planning to visit six schools and sell his books during his stay.
But due to the closure, announced yesterday amid a flu outbreak, he was left stranded with no school visits and 600 unsold books.
"It's such a shame the pupils at my other schools will miss out on their author visit. I am also sad that I will be killing a little bit more of the planet by couriering the books back to the UK," he said jokingly. "I am due to fly to Australia for 15 shows at the Adelaide Festival next Thursday, so fingers crossed that my Oz adventure will be more successful than Hong Kong."