Moderators


Anju Mary Paul

 

Anju Mary Paul is an international migration scholar and an Associate Professor of sociology at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Her award-winning book, Multinational Maids, explores the stepwise migration patterns of Filipino and Indonesian migrant domestic workers. She is currently working on her next book, Asian Scientists on the Move.
 


Bridgette See

Bridgette was a journalist with Channel News Asia in the early noughties, before becoming a freelance features writer. In 2005, while working in communications at UNICEF Timor-Leste, she wrote human-interest stories of the UN's work in the country. When the civil crisis broke out in 2006, she covered the humanitarian crisis, helping to raise donor awareness and attention to the plight of the young nation. Today she writes about design in Singapore.


Carolyn Camoens

Carolyn Camoens has written for page stage and screen. She is the co-author of the microfiction blog Project F. A communications professional, she weaves storytelling into brand communications. She has served on the steering committee of the SWF and has remained a part of the Festival for nearly 10 years. 
 


Charlene Rajendran

Charlene Rajendran is a theatre educator, researcher and dramaturg, interested in contemporary Southeast Asian theatre, interdisciplinary performance and play-based pedagogies. Based at the National Institute of Education – Nanyang Technological University, she spends much of her time reading, writing and wondering about what it means to work with words.
 

 
Chitra Sankaran

Associate Professor Chitra Sankaran teaches in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore. She is effectively bilingual in Tamil and English and has published extensively in comparative literature, postcolonial and feminist theory and ecocriticism. She is the founding president of ASLE-ASEAN, the Association for the study of Literature and Environment in ASEAN. Dr Sankaran has also served on the panel of judges for Commonwealth Literature Prize (Asia-Pacific Region), Mont-Blanc literary Award, S.E.A. Write Award and Singapore Literature Prize.
 


Christina Sng

Christina Sng is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Collection of Nightmares, as well as Elgin Award nominees, Astropoetry and An Assortment of Sky Things. Her poetry, fiction and art have been published worldwide and garnered over 70 awards and nominations, including the Jane Reichhold International Prize.
 


Danny Koordi

Gripped by the podcasting bug during his studies in the United States, Danny has been producing independent podcasts since 2017. First with The Economical Rice Podcast that touches on Singapore stories, then with The Podcast Spotlight featuring interviews with other Singaporean podcasters, and most recently, a collaboration with social enterprise Happiness Initiative to produce the Screwed Up Moments podcast. During this time, he has also started the online Facebook group Podcast SG, where a growing number of producers come together to network, collaborate, and share expertise.
 


Darel Seow

Darel is a visual storyteller who illustrates tales of the natural world with his unique brand of wry wit and whimsy. He believes in storytelling as a means of engagement, creating experiences that simultaneously excite and educate. Particularly interested in museums and culture, he has worked with art, cultural, and educational institutions to encourage learning through the power of imagination and play.
 


Darlene Machell Espena

Darlene Machell Espena is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Singapore Management University (SMU). She earned her PhD in history (2017) and MSc. in Asian studies (2012) from Nanyang Technological University. Her research includes cinema, culture, and politics in Cold War/postcolonial Southeast Asia and political and cultural discourses on Singapore education and economy. Before joining SMU, she was a research fellow at Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NTU). She has held teaching positions at De La Salle University and the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines。
 


Ethel Chong

Ethel Chong is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Prior to joining NAFA, she taught at various tertiary institutions. Ethel is much cheered by the arts scene in Singapore, but wishes that more people in Singapore could be more engaged in participating in the arts.
 


Fadiah Johari

Nurul Fadiah Johari is a researcher and is active in groups advocating for Muslim women’s rights in Singapore. She co-runs Penawar, a support group for women raised in the Muslim community, which promotes community care. She has also written pieces in local publications such as Perempuan: Muslim Women in Singapore Speak Out (2016), Growing Up Perempuan (2018), and Budi Kritik (2018).
 


Farihan Bahron

Farihan Bahron, creative director and co-founder of the publishing outfit Unggun Creative, received first prize for the Golden Point Award for both Malay short story and Malay poetry categories in 2015. He received the Anugerah Harapan (Young Writer Award) at the Anugerah Persuratan ceremony in 2017. His first poetry book, Tukang Tunjuk Telunjuk won the Malay poetry category at Singapore Literature Prize (2018) while Kesumat Sang Avatar received commendation prize for the Malay fiction category. His creative literary works have also been featured in local and foreign publications.
 


Foo Tee Tuan 符诗专

符诗专,新跃社科大学副教授、新跃中华学术中心主任。曾先后任教于台湾天主教辅仁大学大众传播系和新加坡南洋理工大学黄金辉传播学院。自2013年起担任新加坡华语电影节共同策展人。于2013年和2016年先后筹办《他们在岛屿写作》新加坡场第一和第二系列活动。2016年与周兆呈、游俊豪合编《半世纪的新加坡:回顾与展望》,并著有《岛上纪事:1990-2015》。目前定期于《联合早报》的《符号场》专栏发表文章。
 


Greta Georges

Greta is an award-winning presenter and creative director of Cloudy South Productions. She has worked with the BBC, Al Jazeera International, and Channel News Asia. During her three years presenting China Central TV's international flagship travel program Travelogue, she gained exclusive access to Xinjiang to help rebuild its image as a cultural destination after the bloody ethnic clashes. Recently, she organised Kampung Without Borders featuring the music of Bangladeshi workers alongside local musicians.
 


Hee Wai Siam 许维贤

许维贤是南洋理工大学人文学院中文系副教授。他的研究兴趣涵盖文化研究、华语语系研究和中国文学研究。

 

Hee Wai Siam is Associate Professor of Chinese at the School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University. His main research areas are on the Cultural studies, Sinophone studies and Chinese literature.
 


Ian Chung

Ian Chung graduated from the Warwick Writing Programme. His work has appeared in Axon: Creative Explorations, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, The Cadaverine, and various Math Paper and Squircle Line anthologies, among others. He edits Eunoia Review.
 


Ian Dixon

Ian Dixon completed his PhD at The University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts in 2011. He delivers academic addresses internationally. Recently, Ian won best paper at CMCS conference, University of Southern California. Ian has published internationally and is editing his book I’m Not a Film Star: David Bowie as Actor. He lectures at SAE Institute and Deakin University, Melbourne.
 


Imran Taib

Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib’s writings about religion and multiculturalism have appeared in The Straits Times, Today, Berita Harian, The Malaysian Insider and The Jakarta Post. He is an interfaith activist who works for the Harmony Centre, and is a founding member of Leftwrite Centre, which aims to promote critical consciousness and civic social participation and awareness. He has co-edited and published two books and was chief editor of Malay socio-religious journal Tafkir.
 


Jessica Hinchy

Jessica Hinchy is an Assistant Professor in History at Nanyang Technological University. She is the author of Governing Gender and Sexuality in Colonial India: The Hijra, c. 1850-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Hinchy’s research examines themes of gender, sexuality, family, childhood, and slavery in the context of British colonialism.
 


Justin Clark

Justin Clark is Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University and the author of City of Second Sight: Nineteenth-Century Boston and the Making of American Visual Culture (2018). Besides his academic publications, his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.
 


Kartini Anwar

Kartini Anwar is a lecturer in Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group, National Institute of Education. She teaches subjects on Malay literature and has presented a number of academic papers at regional and international conferences. Kartini is also on the judging panel of a number of literary awards.
 


Kathy Rowland

 

Kathy Rowland is the Managing Editor of ArtsEquator.com, which she co-founded with Jenny Daneels. The site is dedicated to supporting and promoting arts criticism with a regional perspective in Southeast Asia.
 


Kenneth Kwok

Kenneth has experience as an arts writer and editor, drama educator, and occasional playwright. A former secondary school English Literature teacher and vice principal, he is currently Assistant Chief Executive, Planning & Engagement at the National Arts Council, and is pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at LASALLE College of the Arts.
 


Kenny Leck

Kenny Leck is the co-founder of BooksActually, an independent literary bookstore that specializes in fiction and literary titles. He also helms the publishing imprint Math Paper Press, and the handmade stationery line, Birds & Co. Also an artist and hoarder, his most characteristic art works are boxed assemblages created from found objects discarded by everyday people. On good sunny days, he sees himself as a karung guni man too. 
 


Kevin Mathews

Kevin Mathews is a bit of a polymath when it comes to music and the arts: singer-songwriter, film composer, pop culture blogger, and adjunct lecturer at several tertiary institutions. Kevin also managed a number one radio pop hit in the 90s but please don’t hold that against him! Nobody’s perfect!
 


Khoo Sim Eng

Khoo Sim Eng is Head of the Film Studies Minor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). She has overseen the development of courses such as "Navigating the Singapore Film Industry", "Singapore Literature", and "Shakespeare on Film".
 


Kiruthika

Kiruthika is the Honorary Secretary of Association of Singapore Tamil Writers. Her prize-winning works include short fiction, poems and creative non-fiction. Keenly interested in developing interest in Tamil amongst students and budding writers, she is also a literary debater and trainer.   She is proficient in English, Tamil and Japanese.
 


Kristina Tom

Kristina Tom has published fiction, poetry, criticism, and memoir in journals such as How2, Ceriph, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and PODIUM. Previously an award-winning journalist and book critic with The Straits Times, she now teaches undergraduate writing and is finishing work on her first novel Turtle Mountain, for which she is the recipient of a recent NAC Creation Grant.
 


Kwok Kian Woon

Kwok Kian Woon is Professor of Sociology at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he has served as a founding member of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the first Head of Sociology, Senate Chair, and Associate Provost of Student Life. His research areas include the study of social memory, mental health, the Chinese overseas, and Asian modernity. He has been actively involved in civil society and the public sector in Singapore, especially in the arts and heritage.
        


Linda Johnson

A founding member of Literary Shanghai, Linda has lived and worked in Asia for 30 years. She owns and operates Madame Mao’s Dowry which hosts literary and art events.
 


Lucas Ho

Lucas Ho is a playwright, director, and educator, and an Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre. His debut full-length play, FRAGO, was presented by Checkpoint Theatre in 2017 to critical acclaim. Lucas also directs and facilitates Checkpoint Theatre’s NAC-AEP programmes, and he has also edited various play anthologies by Checkpoint Theatre, including Joel Tan: Plays Volume 1 and Faith Ng: Plays Volume 1. He currently teaches playwriting at the National University of Singapore, and is an Adjunct Faculty of Literary Arts at School of the Arts, Singapore.
 


Lynn McDonald

Lynn McDonald was appointed as High Commissioner to Singapore in 2016.
 


Ma Shaoling

Shaoling Ma is an Assistant Professor of Humanities (Literature) at Yale-NUS College, where she teaches and writes on media and media theory, cultural materialism, and global Chinese literature, film, and art. She has published in academic journals such as Science Fiction Studies, Configurations, and Mediations. Her first book manuscript on media and mediation in turn-of-the-twentieth century China is under contract with Duke University Press; she is currently pursuing a second project on the cultural politics of "connectivity" in contemporary China.


Max Yam 任骏之

马来西亚沙巴州出生,现居新加坡。设计师、艺术媒体人、评论人。与友人创办 Arts Republic 网络平台推广本地艺术活动,并加入“众观”参与剧评写作。近期实验演后交流会的新模式,通过每月两场的 Plunge 聚会,探索评论和讨论的多种可能性。

Born in Sabah, Malaysia, and currently based in Singapore, Max Yam is a designer, arts advocate, and theatre reviewer. He co-founded Arts Republic, an online arts platform, and is a founding member of Re-Viewers (众观), a reviewer collective. Recently he is committed to organising Plunge, a monthly series of casual conversations exploring the possibilities of theatre review and discourse.
 


Michelle Martin

Radio and TV broadcaster Michelle Martin has brought great books to Singapore on-air for two decades, and was on the judging panel of the Singapore Book Awards 2019. She can be heard on Your Money with Michelle Martin on MONEYFM 89.3. Michelle speaks with her favourite authors on the radio show Read with Michelle.
 


MK Kumar 

MK Kumar has published 3 collections of short stories and 1 poetry collection to date. He was also the editor of a poetry anthology by Tamil female poets in Singapore. Kumar’s short story collection ‘5.12pm’ received the  Singapore Literature Prize 2018 Merit Prize. Kumar received both the Kannadasan Award by the Association of Singapore Tamil Writers  and the Prize for Diaspora Literature from the Tanjore Tamil University in 2017.  


Mrigaa Sethi

Mrigaa Sethi is a poet, storyteller, and editor. Born in Delhi, she was raised in Bangkok and received an MFA in poetry from New York University. Her work has appeared in Mackerel, Seneca Review, Folio and elsewhere, and she has performed at the Asian American Writers Workshop Reading Series, the Kundiman Reading Series, Other Tongues Minority Voices Festival, among other literary stages. She lives in Singapore.
 


Ng Kah Gay

In the past couple of years, Ng Kah Gay has taken over day-to-day operations of Ethos Books from founder-publisher Fong Hoe Fang. As associate publisher, he is steering a young and dynamic crew, streamlining production and focusing their energies on new initiatives. Together with Fong, Ng is also working on ahope, a publishing platform for independent authors and publishers.
 


Noridah Kamari

A PhD holder in Malay Literature from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Noridah is also the co-owner of the publishing outfit Unggun Creative. She has taught Malay literature at several institutions, including the Singapore University of Social Sciences. Her research interests are in literary history, traditional Malay literature, and creative writing. As a creative writer, Noridah has won several awards, including Anugerah Persuratan and Promising Young Writer Award (2013) from the Malay Language Council.
 


Nur Amalina Shalan

Nur Amalina Shalan is a Malay language teacher at a secondary school in Singapore. She received the Singapore Malay Teachers Cooperative LTD Book Prize Award for topping her cohort as a student of Malay language and literature at NIE. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in NIE, researching on Malay literary texts of the past. During her pre-university days, she was active in Malay language debate competitions organised by Bahas 4PM. She won the Overall Best Debater Award in 2010. Since 2014, she has been mentoring schools in national debate competitions organised by Bahas 4PM.
 


Ow Yeong Wai Kit

Ow Yeong Wai Kit has edited poetry anthologies such as From Walden to Woodlands (2015) and Love at the Gallery (2017). His writings have appeared in The Interfaith Observer, The Straits Times, Today, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and elsewhere. Currently a teacher, he has an MA in English literature from University College London.
 


Pamela Ho

 

A versatile journalist, Pamela served as Editor of The A List, an arts magazine initiated by the National Arts Council, a Deputy Editor with Mediacorp Publishing, Senior Producer-Presenter with 938LIVE, and Senior Producer with Channel NewsAsia. She also co-authored a travel memoir (Marshall Cavendish) and is currently a freelance writer/editor.
 


Paul Rozario-Falcone

Paul Rozario-Falcone is an author, editor, and writing coach. He is the founder of Safe Space Stories writing workshops (safespacestories.com) and is based in New York and Singapore. He was the co-founder of the Singapore Literature Festival in New York and the New York-based Second Saturdays reading series.
 


Phan Ming Yen

Phan Ming Yen is the author of That Night by the Beach and Other Stories for a Film Score (2012), and also co-wrote The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) and Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016). His work has appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Best New Singaporean Short Stories and Kulit. He also contributed articles on music in 19th century Singapore to the non-fiction book Singapore Soundscape: Musical Renaissance of a Global City (2014) and the fourth volume of Cultural Connections a journal of the Culture Academy. He is Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit Global Cultural Alliance.
 


Racy Lim

Racy Lim (b. 1994) is a writer, creative producer, and curator. Her work taps on resources related to psychology, visual art, and advocacy. As the Editor of sand magazine, she explores ways of understanding political sociology through the lens of contemporary art. She curates and directs artistic showcases and exhibitions through Singapore-based creative and branding studio, Such A Mood, often focusing on the narratives of performance, design, and visual installations.
 


Regina De Rozario

Regina De Rozario is an artist and the co-founder of Perception3, an interdisciplinary duo founded in 2007 with design practitioner Seah Sze Yunn. Their collaborative work is currently focused on exploring the notions of loss and memory through text, photography, video, and site-specific installation. Their recent exhibitions include Bridges of Time, iLight Singapore: Bicentennial Edition (2019), and An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Biennale (2016). In 2018 she received the NAC Postgraduate Scholarship and is currently conducting her doctoral research on art in public space at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University.
 


Sa'eda Buang

Dr Sa’eda Buang is a Senior Lecturer-cum-Assistant Head, Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group, and Head, Malay Language and Culture Division at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Her research interests include comparative literature and literature education, Malay civilization, faith-based education, and educational equity. She writes poetry and short stories. She won the Literary Prize, awarded by the Singapore Malay Language Council, in 2003 (poetry), and 2005 (both short story and poetry).
 


Saravanan Vivekanandan

Saravanan Vivekanandan is a scientist with the National University of Singapore, specialising in genetic and molecular research. Also an avid reader and literary enthusiast, Saravanan has organised literary events by top Tamil writers such as Jeyamohan, S Ramakrishnan, Gnani, Su Venugopal, Suthrathari in Singapore.
 


Shawn Chua

Shawn's research engages with embodied archives, uncanny personhoods, and the participatory frameworks of play. He has presented his research at the Asian Dramaturg's Network, The Substation, and Performance Studies International (PSi), and his works have been presented under Singapore International Festival of Arts, Esplanade Presents: The Studios, Amorph! Performance Art Festival, and Panoply Performance Laboratory. In 2012, he was awarded the National Arts Council Scholarship and he holds an MA in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
 


Shivaji Das

Shivaji Das is the author of three travel writing and photography books. His latest book is Sacred Love: Erotic Art in the Temples of Nepal. His work has been featured in Time, The Economist, the BBC, Asian Geographic, and elsewhere. He is the conceptualiser of migrant poetry contests in Singapore and Malaysia.
 


Subin Subaiah

Subin has recently been recognised for writing the two hit plays We Are Like This Only! 1&2 and the recently produced Being Mrs Gandhi. He has been a prolific adapter of texts. He has successfully adapted Neil Simon's Prisoner of 2nd Avenue and Moliere's The Miser, Ayub Khan Din’s Rafta Rafta to a Singapore setting. For television, Subin has penned episodes of the long running series Incredible Tales.
 


Teo Han Wue 张夏帏

An art critic who writes for publications in Singapore and abroad, Teo has curated exhibitions of Siew Hock Meng, Wu Guanzhong, and Lim Tze Peng. Former bilingual editor and head of translation of The Straits Times, his publications include two collections of essays and a number of books on art and photography.
 


Teo Xiao Ting

Xiao Ting plays with words as a practice. She was the winner of the Golden Point Award (English Poetry) in 2017, and her current preoccupation is alternative forms of book-making and publishing. (txting.space)
 


Tulika Ahuja

Tulika is a curator and writer interested in pop culture, accessibility, and the masses. She is currently developing her curatorial practice in Asia with an interest in the intersection of art and technology. Since 2016, she has worked with arts and culture practitioners in various programming and mentorship capacities. These include Kult Gallery, Ketemu Project (Bali), MeshMinds Foundation, Singapore International Film Festival, Goethe-Institut Singapore, Singapore Art Museum, The Projector, Singapore Writers Festival, and Galerie Michael Janssen.
 


Uganda Kwan 关诗珮

Uganda Kwan is Associate Professor at the Chinese Programme at Nanyang Technological University. Publications include Scholars as Interpreters (Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature, Recommended Prize). Hong Kong: OUP, 2017; Global Hong Kong Literature. Taiwan: Linking Press, 2019; and Transformation of The Idea of Xiaoshuo in Late Imperial China. Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 2018. Uganda.
 


William Phuan

William Phuan is the Executive Director of the Singapore Book Council, a nonprofit dedicated to developing and promoting Singapore’s books and writers. Established in 1968, the Book Council organises literary festivals, workshops and talks, and gives out book awards. William was formerly the director of The Arts House, and Programme Director of the New York Asian American International Film Festival. He also lectures part-time on arts management.
 


Yeo Wei Wei

Yeo Wei Wei is the author of These Foolish Things and Other Stories. She translated subtitles and lyrics for the xinyao documentary The Songs We Sang. She holds a PhD in English (University of Cambridge, 2000) and MA in Creative Writing (University of East Anglia, 2017).