2017 Moderators

Last updated: 7 Nov 2017

Aaron Lee

Aaron Lee is a pilgrim poet, writing mentor, community organiser and regulatory/ethics lawyer. His three books of poetry (including Coastlands) are critically acclaimed and he has won many writing awards. He also co-edited several books, including the bestselling poetry anthology No Other City and the new A-level anthology Lines Spark Code. In 2014, he and his wife, the artist Namiko Chan Takahashi, co-founded the Laniakea Culture Collective to champion communitarian values through the arts.


Alice Clark-Platts

Alice Clark-Platts is a former human rights lawyer living in Singapore. She has worked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal in connection with the Rwandan genocide and also on cases involving Winnie Mandela and the rapper Snoop Dogg. Bitter Fruits and The Taken, the novels in her bestselling crime series featuring Detective Inspector Erica Martin are published by Penguin Random House. The latter was nominated for the Dead Good Readers’ awards for Best Police Procedural. 


Amanda Lee Koe

Amanda Lee Koe is the fiction editor of Esquire Singapore and the youngest winner of the Singapore Literature Prize for the short story collection Ministry of Moral Panic. Based in New York, she is working on her first novel.


Amir Muhammad

Amir Muhammad is a Malaysian publisher, writer and occasional filmmaker. His publishing company Buku Fixi was established in 2011 to focus on urban pulp fiction, and has to date published more than 150 books in Malay and English. His other company, Matahari Books, focuses on creative non-fiction, and will release three titles this year. His films and documentaries have been screened at numerous film festivals and, as a bonus, two of them are banned in Malaysia.


Amy J Cheng

Amy J Cheng is the creative director of ACT 3 Theatrics and founding director of Very Special Theatrics. She is the author and illustrator of books for children, as well as a storyteller, singer, emcee, and actress on film, TV and stage. Her current focus is on work as an educator, developing arts programmes for students and teachers and facilitating sessions in special education schools and early childhood education centres. Amy is the proud mother of two children.

Andrea Fam

Andrea Fam is an assistant curator with the Singapore Art Museum, where she oversees the Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam collections. She holds a bachelor’s in criticism, communication and curation in art and design from Central Saint Martins, London. Since starting at SAM, she has co-curated the Singapore Biennale 2016 – ‘An Atlas of Mirrors’; was the lead curator on ‘A New Horizon’; and the co-curator on ‘Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea’ and ‘Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas’.

Anita Kapoor

Anita Kapoor is a third culture kid, an immigrant, a Singaporean, and a UWCSEA alumna, as well as a television host, speaker and activator. Her work overlaps travel, human stories and advocacy. Her most recent project was a two-week stay at an elder care home to create a social documentary to raise awareness on the system’s inadequacies; it can be viewed at youtu.be/PRemfpdpaQU. She is a Singapore Habitat for Humanity ambassador and a 2016 ambassador for Pink Dot.


Anita Sebastian

Anita Sebastian is a local writer and editor. A zoologist by training, she spent many happy years working at the Night Safari before launching the Ranger Anne series at the 2015 Singapore Writers Festival. Anita was featured on 938LIVE’s Women of Worth where the Ranger Anne series, endorsed by Bernard Harrison, former CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, was discussed. She was also featured as Storyteller of the Month in Gathering Books (online).


Annaliza Bakri

Annaliza Bakri is an educator and translator. She believes that literary works could be the subliminal voice that cultivates greater understanding, awareness and consciousness of the past, present and future. An ardent advocate of works that are beautifully penned in Singapore’s national language, she strongly believes in the divine art of translation, where shared heritage and mutual discovery promote humanity. Her translations of Malay poems have been published by US-based journal Prairie Schooner and Singapore’s Text in the City.


Annaliza Bakri ialah seorang pendidik dan penterjemah. Beliau percaya bahawa karya sastera boleh menjadi suara bawah sedar yang memupuk pemahaman, kesedaran dan kecelikan yang mendalam tentang masa lalu, masa kini dan masa hadapan. Sebagai pejuang karya Singapura, beliau amat percaya bahawa terjemahan merupakan sebuah seni yang saling menemukan warisan bersama yang mendukung perikemanusiaan. Beliau telah menterjemahkan kumpulan puisi Melayu ke bahasa Inggeris dan diterbitkan dalam jurnal Prairie Schooner  di Amerika Syarikat.  Ia juga diterbitkan di Singapura dengan judul Text in the City.   

Aruna Johnson

A former educator, Aruna is currently the Deputy Director for Education at the National Arts Council. She works with corporate and government partners to direct and support the development of a robust arts education landscape for children and youth.


Azizah Zakaria

Azizah is an educator and arts manager who learnt the ropes of publishing during her short stint with Select Books in 2003. She has published Chantek, a collection of plays by playwright Aidli Mosbit, Muzika Lorong Buang Kok by veteran theatre doyen Nadiputra; and fiction including Kota Airmata and Suratman by writers Mohamed Latiff Mohamed and Suratman Markasan respectively. Azizah is currently the Covering Program Chair (Diploma in Arts and Theatre Management) at Republic Polytechnic.

Barrie Sherwood

Barrie Sherwood is Assistant Professor of English at Nanyang Technological University. His novels are The Pillow Book of Lady Kasa  (DC Books, Canada) and Escape from Amsterdam (Granta, UK; Thomas Dunne, USA). 

Ben Slater

Ben Slater is a writer, editor and lecturer who has been based in Singapore for the last 15 years. He is the author of Kinda Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore (2006), the editor of 25: Histories & Stories of the Singapore International Film Festival (2014) and Nang 1: Screenwriting (2016). His critical writings on film have appeared in various books and publications such as Vertigo, Ekran, Screen International and Cahiers du Cinéma.

Bharati Jagdish

Award-winning journalist, Bharati Jagdish is a digital journalist at Channel NewsAsia. Her signature programme, On the Record runs concurrently on radio where Bharati spent the last 17 years of her career. For almost 10 of those years she anchored The Morning Agenda, a highly-rated news programme on 938LIVE. In 2011 and 2013, she was voted Most Popular Radio Personality (938LIVE) at the Mediacorp Radio Awards. Bharati also hosted several seasons of the TV programme, Singapore Talking on Mediacorp’s Channel 5. 

Bridgette See

Bridgette See is a former journalist who continues to write interview pieces and feature articles. Her insatiable curiosity about people is why she finds it hard to stop asking questions. She is always hungry for good reads and the great outdoors.

Carolyn Camoens

Carolyn Camoens has written for page, stage and screen. A communications professional, she runs the award-winning team at WE Communications in the region. She has served on the Steering Committee of the SWF and has been a part of the Festival for over six years in various capacities.


Charlene Shepherdson

Charlene Shepherdson’s work includes interactive narratives, visual poetry, and the intersection where environment, heritage and education meet. She uses language in written, performative and visual forms to bridge communities and empower voices. She is one-third of the spacer.gif collective, which runs Singapore’s oldest interdisciplinary open mic, destination:INK. Her writing has appeared in anthologies in Singapore and the Philippines, including From Walden to Woodlands and A Luxury We Cannot Afford.


Cheong Suk-Wai

Cheong Suk-Wai has been a lawyer and journalist for more than 20 years, and a writer of prose, poems and songs for even longer than that. With 32 national and international writing awards to date, she is the author of four books including The Architecture Of Atmosphere (2012); the official SG50 book Living The Singapore Story (2015); and In Chambers: 150 Years of Upholding the Rule of Law (2017), the first book to record the past 150 years of Singapore's Attorney-General Chambers’ history.


Christine Chia

Christine Chia is the author of poetry collections The Law of Second Marriages and its sequel Separation: a history. She is also the co-editor of the groundbreaking poetry anthologies A Luxury We Cannot Afford and A Luxury We Must Afford. Her work has appeared in Washington Square Review, Prairie Schooner, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Unfree Verse, and the W!ld Rice play Another Country.

Christina Sng

Christina Sng is a poet, writer and artist. Her award-winning work has appeared in numerous venues worldwide. Recent books include A Collection of Nightmares, Astropoetry, the Elgin-nominated An Assortment of Sky Things, Catku, and A Constellation of Songs.


Chitra Sankaran

Chitra Sankaran is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore. She has published widely in the academic field of South and South-east Asian fiction. She has also written a mystery novel set in Singapore and India. Currently, she is working on a book about ecology in South and South-east Asian women’s fiction.


Danny Yeo 杨君伟
Danny Yeo is a well-established bilingual media personality active in multiple areas of interest and passion: events hosting, feature writing, social commentary, magazine columns, theatre directing, stage performing and corporate training. He returned to television in 2015 to anchor ‘Face Off!’, a year-long Channel U talk show on local issues. He has authored two Chinese books: 唱所欲言 (based on interviews with artistes) and 伟言耸听 (a collection of his columns and articles). He has also collaborated on a bilingual title 我的创意房间 [My Creative Room], and written screenplays for five local films.


Danielle Lim

Danielle Lim’s first book, The Sound of SCH, was co-winner of the Singapore Literature Prize 2016 (non-fiction). It has been translated into Chinese and published in Taiwan, and is also being translated into Tamil for publication in India. Danielle studied at Oxford University and is based in Singapore, where she is a lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic. Her professional experience includes 12 years in the tertiary/global education sector and six years in the financial sector.


Darryl Whetter 

Darryl Whetter is the director of the Creative Writing MA programme at Lasalle College of the Arts. He has published three books of fiction and two poetry collections. In his native Canada, his first book was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2003. In the mid-2000s, he regularly reviewed books on national CBC Radio, and nearly 100 of his reviews have appeared in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, National Post, and Detroit’s Metro Times.


Daryl Qilin Yam

Daryl Qilin Yam is a writer of prose and poetry, the co-editor of the SingPoWriMo anthology series, and an arts organiser at the literary non-profit Sing Lit Station. His first novel, Kappa Quartet (2016), was longlisted for the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize, and was published in Singapore and most recently in the UK.


David Wong Hsien Ming

David Wong Hsien Ming discovered poetry as a child at a Sunday lunch. His work has earned an honorable mention (2011) and second prize (2015) at the Golden Point Award, and has appeared in publications such as Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Mascara Literary Review. His first collection, For the End Comes Reaching, was published in 2015. He read philosophy at the University of Melbourne and is a teacher at a junior college. 

Dave Chua

Dave Chua graduated in 2013 with an MA in Creative Writing (Prose) from the University of East Anglia. He won the Golden Point Short Story Contest in 1995. His first novel, Gone Case, received a Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award in 1996. He worked with artist Koh Hong Teng on Gone Case: A Graphic Novel, Book 1 and Book 2. The novel was also adapted into a two-part TV miniseries for MediaCorp in 2013. His latest book, The Beating and Other Stories, was longlisted for the 2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. 


Denise Tan

Denise Tan has spent over seven years selling children’s books and, in 2014, co-founded Closetful of Books, a specialist children’s bookseller. A firm believer in the power of stories, she aims to share her unadulterated love for reading with children, parents and teachers.


Dennis Yeo

Dennis Yeo has taught at primary, secondary, junior college and even tertiary levels. He is currently with the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE). His research interests include Gothic film, popular culture and literature pedagogy. He is the author of Telltale: 11 Stories | A Study Companion and the editor of ku•lit: asian literature for the language classroom. He received the NIE Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013.


Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of a novel, three hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. Chief editor of Squircle Line Press, he has edited more than 15 books and co-produced three audiobooks. Trained in publishing at Stanford with a world religions master’s from Harvard, the former journalist is the recipient of numerous awards, including the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, the Independent Publisher Book Award, the National Indie Excellence Award and the 2014 Poetry World Cup. 


Edith Podesta

Edwin Thumboo

Edwin Thumboo has published five poetry collections, most recently Word-Gate (2013). An emeritus professor and professorial fellow at the National University of Singapore, he has held visiting professorships in the US, UK, Australia, Austria, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Studies of his work include Ee Tiang Hong’s Responsibility and Commitment: The Poetry of Edwin Thumboo (1997), Peter Nazareth’s Creating a Nation Through Poetry (2007), and Essays on Edwin Thumboo (2008) and Understanding Verbal Art (2015), both edited by Jonathan Webster.


Eleanor Wong

Eric Tinsay Valles

Eric Tinsay Valles has published the poetry collections A World in Transit and After the Fall: dirges among ruins, as well as co-edited Get Lucky: An Anthology of Singapore and Philippine Writings and SG Poems 2015-2016. His poems have appeared in journals such as Southeast Asian Review of English and New Writing. The winner of a Goh Sin Tub Creative Writing Prize at the National University of Singapore, he is a director of Poetry Festival Singapore.

Fong Hoe Fang

For the last 23 years, Fong Hoe Fang has led Pagesetters Services in advertising and communication design work. In 1997 he started the Ethos Books imprint for Pagesetters to give voice to emerging writers and to help foster a lively literary environment. Today, Fong continues his quest to help writers tell compelling social stories. He hopes also to be able to ride a bike again – an activity forbidden by the family since he got married.

Gene Tan

Gene Tan was the Creative Director of The Future of Us exhibition and is currently developing a new project on Singapore’s 700-year history.  He was formerly the Director of the National Library Singapore and the Singapore Memory Project and the President of the Library Association of Singapore.


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 Bangladeshi worker’s music from Hougang construction amongst local musicians.


Gwee Li Sui
Gwee Li Sui is a poet, graphic artist and literary critic. His verse works include Who Wants to Buy a Book of Poems? (1998), One Thousand and One Nights (2014), Who Wants to Buy an Expanded Edition of a Book of Poems? (2015), The Other Merlion and Friends (2015), and Haikuku (2017). In 1993, he wrote Singapore’s first long-form graphic novel in English, Myth of the Stone. He has edited several anthologies and lectured on a range of subjects.


Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali 

Hassan Hasaa’Ree Ali is a senior staff nurse at a hospital. His short story ‘Homeostasis’ won the 2011 Golden Point Award in the Malay category, while his first story collection, Selamat Malam Caesar (Goodnight Caesar), was shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize. His second collection, Souvenir Dari Angkasa Lepas (Souvenir from Space), was published in 2016. This year, Hassan was one of 10 young Singaporean authors to publish their work in an anthology titled Penawar (Solace).


Ian Gordon

Ian Gordon is a cultural historian of the United States and the head of the history department at the National University of Singapore. His two most recent works are Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon (2017) and The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life (2017). Other books include Kid Comics: A Genre Across Four Countries (2016), Comic Strips and Consumer Culture (2002), and the forthcoming Ben Katchor: Conversations (2018).

Imran Hashim

Imran Hashim fell in love with France a little late in life but made up for it by studying French with a vengeance at the National University of Singapore. He later went on to pursue his postgraduate studies in Paris. His time in Paris prepared him for jobs with an international focus and provided inspiration for his first novel Annabelle Thong, which was longlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2015. He is currently working for a British university.


Jamal Mohamed
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Jen Crawford
Jen Crawford is the author of eight poetry books and chapbooks, including Koel (2016) and Lichen Loves Stone (2015). She is a member of the advisory board for Poetry New Zealand, and is a contributing editor to Axon and the Journal of Poetics Research. An assistant professor of writing at the University of Canberra, she has also lived and taught in New Zealand and in Singapore, where she was the founding coordinator of Nanyang Technological University’s creative writing p rogramme. 


Jerry Hinds
Jerry Hinds is an artist, writer, editor, designer, publisher, and president of the Association of Comic Artists. He teaches and produces various comics and cartoons for various clients. He has also edited, managed and published various comics and books over the past 15 years, and is the creator of SupaCross, a universe of Singaporean superheroes.


Jessica Cheam
Jessica Cheam is the managing editor of Eco-Business. She is an award-winning journalist, TV presenter and social entrepreneur, with a particular expertise in sustainable development. She was formerly the political and environment correspondent for The Straits Times and is an adjunct research associate at the Centre for Liveable Cities. She is the author of Forging a Greener Tomorrow: Singapore's Journey from Slum to Eco-City, and is also the presenter of a Channel NewsAsia documentary on climate change. 


John Wong

Dr John Wong is the only international bilingual entrepreneurship coach with actual startup experience. He has more than 15 years of media experience, has 6 published books and has written songs for celebrities regionally, including Su Youpeng and Gigi Leung. He is the only highly sought after international speaker and business coach from Singapore.




Jon Gresham

Jon Gresham is an author and photographer based in Singapore. His short story collection We Rose Up Slowly was published in 2015. His work has appeared in anthologies such as In Transit, From the Belly of the Cat, and Eastern Heathens. He is also a director of Sing Lit Station, a literary community and charity based in Singapore, and leads the Writing the City creative writing workshops and Book A Writer programme.

Joyce Chua

Joyce is the author of the young adult contemporary romance, Lambs for Dinner (Straits Times Press, 2013). Having earned a degree in English from the National University of Singapore, she is now the Regional Head of Content at ZALORA by day and writer of Young Adult fiction by night. She blogs at www.thewritesofpassage.wordpress.com and co-founded a short story blog called Muse in Pocket, Pen in Hand. Her writing can be found at Yahoo SG, Cosmopolitan Singapore, and The Straits Times.


Joyce Sim

Joyce Sim is a Singapore-based editor and writer. Text centred about, through and around the image predominates in her work. She has written about art, books, film, photography and other things for magazines, galleries and various festivals in Singapore. Titles edited include graphic novels by Singapore creators such as The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew and The Resident Tourist, an autobiographical series by Troy Chin.

Juffri Supa’at

Juffri is a Senior Librarian with the National Library, Singapore. He has curated several exhibitions featuring the works of Malay literary pioneers such as Masuri S. N., Muhammad Ariff Ahmad and Abdul Ghani Hamid. He has also compiled poetry selections by Muhammad Ariff Ahmad, Suratman Markasan and the bibliography of Singapore Malay Literature.


Juffri Bin Supa’at bertugas sebagai pustakawan kanan di Perpustakaan Negara Singapura dan pernah menjadi kurator beberapa pameran yang memaparkan beberapa sasterawan perintis Singapura seperti Masuri S.N., Muhammad Ariff Ahmad dan Abdul Ghani Hamid. Selain itu, Selain itu, Juffri juga telah menjadi penyusun dan penyunting beberapa bibliografi penulis-penulis perintis seperti Masuri S.N.,  Bibliografi Sastera Melayu Singapura (2011) dan antologi cerpen Catatan Perjalanan (2017) disamping menyumbang puisi-puisi di dalam antologi Menyongsong pelangi (2005), Kalimat dari Langit (2010), Di bawah langit tanah pertiwi (2015) dan Hempedu di tasik madu (2016).


JY Yang

JY Yang is the author of the Tensorate series of novellas (The Red Threads of Fortune, The Black Tides of Heaven, and two more slated for 2018). Their short fiction has been published in more than a dozen venues. JY was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the National Arts Council, and obtained a master’s in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in 2016. When they are not writing, they edit fiction for Epigram Books in Singapore.


Kartini Anwar
Kartini Anwar is a lecturer in the Malay Language Division of the Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group at the National Institute of Education. She teaches subjects on Malay literature such as Modern and Classical Literature, Indonesian Literature, and Children’s and Adolescent’s Literature. She serves on the judging panels of a number of literary awards.


Kelly Tang

Kelly Tang is a composer whose works range from symphonic pieces to jazz. His music has been performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Vienna’s Musikverein, and the Sydney Opera House. He has been a music educator in Singapore since 1996. He served as associate professor of music at the National Institute of Education for 15 years before joining the School of the Arts as dean of arts and special projects. Kelly received the Cultural Medallion in 2011. 

Kei Franklin

Kei Franklin is a recent graduate from Yale-NUS College where she explored the space between the arts and environmental studies. She is now a science communicator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, and an editor for Brack magazine - a platform for socially engaged artists in Southeast Asia. If Kei had more free time, she would spend it creating immersive experiences for people that incorporate elements of dialogue, music, poetry, and performance. 


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.


Kenneth Paul Tan

Kenneth Paul Tan is an associate professor at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, where he served as its fourth vice dean for Academic Affairs. His research interests have focused on the tensions that emerge from Singapore’s transition from a developmental state to a neoliberal global city. His most recent book is Governing Global-City Singapore: Legacies and Futures After Lee Kuan Yew. He was the founding chair of the Asian Film Archive.

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 ranging from Singapore Film and Literature to Shakespeare on Film. 

Kim Hyejin

Kim Hyejin joined the National University of Singapore in 2012, where she teaches in the political science department and is deputy convenor of the global studies programme. She previously worked in the non-profit sector and private sector. She has a bachelor’s in anthropology, a master’s in China studies, and a PhD in global affairs. She writes fiction, non-fiction and academic books.

Koh Tai Ann

Prof. Koh Tai Ann of the Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, is currently editing a book on Singaporean Literature where she has a chapter on the Literature in English. Her article on women writers, “The Gifted Who Discern and Say It for Us” appears in Our Lives to Live: Putting a Woman's Face to Change in Singapore (2015) while her comprehensive pioneering digitized Annotated Bibliography of Singapore Literature in English is searchable at https://eps.ntu.edu.sg/client/en_US/SingaporeLiterature/   

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.


Kwok Kian Woon

Liao Jiekai 廖捷凯

Liao Jiekai is a filmmaker, artist and educator based in Singapore. His moving image works often investigates hidden histories of places, drawing out the relationship between people and place, past and present. His practice shifts fluidly between cinema and visual arts, often appropriating and expanding on similar trajectories in these two different contexts. He is the co-founder of film collective 13 Little Pictures. He received the Young Artist Award in 2012 and the Credit Suisse Artist Commissioning Award in 2013.


Lim Cheng Tju

Lim Cheng Tju writes about history and popular culture in Singapore. He co-authored The University Socialist Club and the Contest for Malaya: Tangled Strands of Modernity (Amsterdam University Press/NUS Press) and co-edited Liquid City Vol 2 (Image Comics), an anthology of Southeast Asian comics. He is the country editor (Singapore) for the International Journal of Comic Art and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly. He writes comics sometimes too.


Lim Jen Erh 林仁余

Loh Chin Ee

Loh Chin Ee is an Assistant Professor in the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.  She is the co-editor of Little Things: an Anthology of Poetry, co-author of Teaching Poetry to Adolescents: a Teachers’ Guide to Little Things, and founder of enl*ght, a NIE-based student-run publication for Literature teachers. She is currently working on Reading Culture Singapore, a large-scale study on reading and school libraries. Find out more here: https://www.readingculturesg.org/


Marc Nair

Marc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award. He has published seven volumes of poetry and has performed spoken word internationally for more than 10 years. His latest collection is Intersection, a poetic and visual architecture of space and memory created with artist Nicola Anthony. Marc was an NTU-NAC writer in residence from 2016-2017, and is also the co-founder of culture magazine Mackerel. 


Melanie Lee


Mohamed Imran Mohamed 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. 

Michelle Martin

Award-winning radio broadcaster Michelle Martin has championed great books for 17 years in her career as on-air. The National Library Board Reading Movement Ambassador 2017 and former Chairman of the Singapore Woman Award has also spearheaded groundbreaking  programmes on women and leadership that have won nomination  both locally and across Asia Pacific.  

Mie Hiramoto

Mie Hiramoto is a sociolinguist at Department of ELL at NUS. Her research interests include language contact and linguistic change as well as language, gender, and sexuality issues.

Neil Humphreys

Neil Humphreys is one of Singapore's best-selling authors. His humorous, insightful works - from Notes from an Even Smaller Island (2001), to Saving a Sexier Island (2015) - have sold more than 200,000 copies. Humphreys has also penned four novels – Match Fixer (2010), Premier Leech (2011), Marina Bay Sins (2014) and Rich Kill, Poor Kill (2016)  – to critical acclaim. He has also written the Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase series of children’s books, which are now being adapted for TV. A humour columnist, football correspondent and TV writer and host, Humphreys enjoys adding strings to his bows.

Neil Murphy

Neil Murphy is Associate Professor of contemporary literature at NTU, Singapore. He is the author of Irish Fiction and Postmodern Doubt (2004) and co-edited The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien (2013). More recently he has co-edited a four-part book series for Dalkey Archive Press, USA related to the work of Dermot Healy, including the recent Writing the Sky: Observations and Essays on Dermot Healy (2016). His book on John Banville and Art will be published in 2018.


Ng Kah Gay

Pamela Ho

A versatile journalist, Pamela is the editor of The A List, an arts magazine by the National Arts Council, and former Deputy Editor with MediaCorp Publishing, Senior Producer-Presenter with 938LIVE, co-hosting ‘The Living Room’, and Senior Producer with regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia. She co-authored Adventures of 2 Girls (Marshall Cavendish) and is a judge on the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize.

Paul Tan

Paul Tan has published four volumes of verse – including Curious Roads (1994) and Driving into Rain (1998), which won prizes at the Singapore Literature Prize competitions. His most recent collection is Seasonal Disorders/Impractical Lessons (2014). The former festival director of the SWF, he is now the deputy chief executive of the National Arts Council.


Petrina Kow

Petrina Kow is a voice and presentation coach based in Singapore, and works with clients as diverse as CEOs, wildlife experts, corporate executives, students and yoga teachers. She is also a voice actor for commercials, audio guides, online learning websites and animations. A former radio deejay and talk show host, she is a popular emcee for corporate and family events. She is also an actress and singer, most recently seen in Kuo Pao Kun’s Lao Jiu: The Musical. 


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 to the non-fiction book Singapore Soundscape: Musical Renaissance of a Global City (2014). He is director of the non-profit Global Cultural Alliance.


Philip Holden

Philip Holden is a professor of English literature at the National University of Singapore and the author of several academic books and many scholarly essays on South-east Asian literatures. One of the editors of Writing Singapore, the most comprehensive anthology of Singapore literature in English, Philip also contributes articles to newspapers, and is active as a facilitator at literary events. His first collection of short stories, Heaven Has Eyes, was published in 2016.


Philip Jeyaretnam

Philip Jeyaretnam is a writer and lawyer. His published works include First Loves, Raffles Place Ragtime and Abraham’s Promise. He won the National Arts Council’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 1993 and the SEA  Write Award in 2003.


Pooja Nansi

Pooja Nansi is Singapore’s first Youth Poet Ambassador. She has published two poetry collections, Stiletto Scars and Love Is an Empty Barstool. Since April 2013, she has curated a monthly spoken word and poetry showcase, Speakeasy, which plays to packed audiences. Her one-woman show, You Are Here, explores her own family’s history of migration; she has performed it at the Esplanade Studios Series and the Queensland Poetry Festival. She was the NTU-NAC writer-in-residence for 2015-2016. 

Quah Sy Ren 柯思仁 

Essayist and playwright. Currently an associate professor at Nanyang Technological University.



Rajeev Patke

Rajeev S. Patke is the inaugural Director of the Division of Humanities at Yale-NUS College, and Professor of English at NUS. He is the author of The Long Poems of Wallace StevensPostcolonial Poetry in English, and Modernist Literature and Postcolonial Studies. Recently, he has produced two blu-ray discs of literary interviews at Yale-NUS: the first features Edwin Thumboo (2016); the second, Ngugi wa Thiong'o (2017). His latest book, Poetry and Islands, will be published from London in early 2018. 


Richard Angus Whitehead

Richard Angus Whitehead is a literature lecturer at the National Institute of Education. A William Blake scholar, he is co-editor of the essay collection Re-Envisioning Blake (2012). With an ever-growing fascination and engagement with Singapore writing, he has edited two collections of stories by Arthur Yap and Gregory Nalpon. He has just finished co-editing a collection of critical essays on Singapore literature, Singapore Literature and Culture: Current Directions in Local and Global Contexts (2017). 


Rilla Melati

Rilla Melati builds creative content for the classroom and television. She is an educator, author, entrepreneur and entertainer, and a pioneer of Malay speech and drama programmes in schools in Singapore. She has written more than 20 children’s titles. At present, Rilla is the director of Mini Monsters Limited, an educational company she founded in 2009 to encourage a re-learning of the Malay language.

Robbie Goh

Robbie B. H. Goh (Ph.D University of Chicago, M.A. and B.A. Hons National University of Singapore) is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. Some of his books include Contours of Culture: Space and Social Difference in Singapore; Christianity in Southeast Asia; Protestant Christianity in the Indian Diaspora; and Sparks of Grace: the Story of Methodism in Asia.


S. Ramakrishnan எஸ்.ராமகிருஷ்ணன்

S. Ramakrishnan is a full-time writer of Tamil literature who has been active over the last 30 years. He writes short stories, novels, plays, children’s literature, and also translates. He has published nine novels, 16 collections of short stories, 45 collections of articles, 16 books for children, five books on world cinema, three books of translations, and nine plays. 


முழு நேர எழுத்தாளரான எஸ். ராமகிருஷ்ணன் முப்பது ஆண்டுகளுக்கும் மேலாகத் துடிப்புடன் தமிழில் எழுதி வருகிறார். சிறுகதைகள், நாவல்கள், நாடகங்கள், சிறுவர் இலக்கியம் போன்றவற்றுடன் மொழிபெயர்ப்பிலும் அவர் கவனம் செலுத்துகிறார். ஒன்பது நாவல்கள், 16 சிறுகதைத் தொகுப்புகள், 45 கட்டுரைத் தொகுப்புகள், 16 சிறுவர் நூல்கள், உலக சினிமா குறித்து ஐந்து நூல்கள், மூன்று மொழிபெயர்ப்பு நூல்கள், ஒன்பது நாடகங்கள் ஆகியவற்றை அவர் படைத்திருக்கிறார். 


Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown is a co-founder of independent online Southeast Asia guide, Travelfish.org. She came to the region on a backpacking trip in 1997 and simply refused to leave. She worked stints at an embassy and international news agency Agence France-Presse in Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Jakarta. She has also extensively freelanced as a writer and editor. Her top beach read is How Proust Can Change Your Life and she wishes she could read in moving cars without getting ill. 


Sarah Churchwell

Sarah Bartlett Churchwell is an American-born academic with the University of London, where she is a professor of American literature and the chair in public understanding of the humanities, as well as the director of the Being Human festival.

Saravanan Vivekanandan

Dr. Saravanan Vivekanandan is a research scientist with the National University of Singapore, Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms of Inflammatory diseases. An avid reader and literary enthusiast, contributes to literary magazines like Serangoon Times and websites such as Vishnupuram Ilakiya Vattam regularly. He is also a literary organizer, facilitating programmes for noted Tamil writers Jeyamohan, Nanjil Nadan, Gnani, Su.Venugopal and Suthradhari during their visits to Singapore.


Shamini Flint 

Shamini Flint was a lawyer before resigning to become a stay-at-home mum, writer, part-time lecturer and environmental activist. Her Inspector Singh Investigates novels have been translated into many languages, including French and German; the seventh and most recent installment is A Frightfully English Execution (2016). Shamini also writes children’s novels, the latest of which are Diary of an AFL Legend and Ten. A new series, The Susie K Files, will be released next year.


Shawn Lum


Shelly Bryant

Shelly Bryant divides her year between Shanghai and Singapore, working as a poet, writer, and translator. She has published nine volumes of poetry, a short story collection, a pair of travel guides, and a scholarly book on classical Chinese gardens. She has translated more than 10 books from Chinese, including Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls (longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize), and You Jin’s In Time, Out of Place (shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize).  


Shivaji Das

Shivaji Das is the author of three travel writing and photography books. His latest book is Angels by the Murky River: Travels off the Beaten Path (2017). Shivaji’s 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.


Siddhartan Mounaguru


Simon Chesterman

Simon Chesterman is a Professor and Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. Educated in Melbourne, Beijing, and Oxford, he has lived and worked for the past decade in Singapore. He is the author or editor of sixteen non-fiction books, including One Nation Under Surveillance, and You, The People. He also recently published the Young Adult mystery trilogy Raising Arcadia, Finding Arcadia, and Being Arcadia.


Siti Hazirah

Stephanie Dogfoot

Stephanie Dogfoot is an educator, poet and performer who was the 2010 Singapore Poetry Slam champion and the 2012 UK Poetry Slam champion. Her work has been featured at the Glastonbury Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Her writing has been published in various journals including the Asia Literary Review, QLRS and the Suburban Review. She founded the poetry night Spoke & Bird and runs the Singapore Story Slam. 

Syafiqah Jaaffar

Syafiqah is currently pursuing her Masters at the Department of History, National University of Singapore. She was a former Contributing Editor for CATALYST, a publication by Art Stage Singapore, a major Singapore-based art fair company.

Tan Chee Lay

Scholar-writer Tan Chee Lay is Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education and the Executive Director (R&D) of the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language. A founding member of the Singapore National Poetry Festival, he received the Young Artist Award and Singapore Youth Award, and has published over 20 creative writing and scholarly books. He has published children’s picture books, collections of short stories, letters and poetry including Landmark Poetics of the Lion City, which will be published end 2017.




Tan Tarn How

Tan Tarn How is a playwright and adjunct senior research fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore. He was previously a political reporter, op-ed writer, arts deputy editor, and foreign correspondent in Hong Kong and Beijing for The Straits Times. His play, Fear of Writing, was staged to critical acclaim and full houses in 2012. He also writes for children and published his first children’s book, Sengkang Snoopers: The Mystery of the Hermit’s Hut, this year.


Tania De Rozario

Tania De Rozario is a writer and visual artist whose work has been showcased around the world. Her publications include Tender Delirium (2013), shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize, and And The Walls Come Crumbling Down (2016). She won the 2011 Golden Point Award for English Poetry and runs EtiquetteSG, a multidisciplinary platform founded in 2010 to develop and showcase art, writing, film and music made by women from and in Singapore.


Tania Roy

Dr Tania Roy is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the National University of Singapore, where she is Chair of the Graduate Programme. She is the author of Adorno and the Architects of Late Style in India, a study of legacies of artistic and political modernism in India for the present. She has also published numerous articles on the relation between civic violence and contemporary art in India today.


Teng Qian Xi

Teng Qian Xi’s poetry has been featured in various publications, including Over There: Poems from Singapore and Australia, Language for a New Century and, most recently, Prelude. Her collection They hear salt crystallising was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize in 2012. Her translations of Chinese poetry have appeared in Two Lines and Asymptote. She has taught at the School of the Arts and Raffles Girls’ School, among others, and is now a private tutor focusing on A-level literature.


Teoh Hee La 张曦娜

Teoh Hee La is a Singaporean author and a journalist for Lianhe Zaobao’s lifestyle section. She has received awards such as the Golden Lion Literary Award, the Hua Zong (Floral Trail) World Chinese Novel Prize awarded by Malaysia’s Sin Chew Daily, and the 2000 SEA Write Award. Her works include The Passing Wind, A Change in Tune, Flower in the Mirror, and As Time Goes By. She was a writer-in-residence at Nanyang Technological University this year.


Troy Chin

Troy Chin is a Singaporean writer and artist most known for his ongoing autobiographical comic book series The Resident Tourist. His other works include the slice-of-life, four-volume comic strip series Loti, the music industry satire Bricks in the Wall, and the browser-based interactive graphic novella Forgetting.


Tse Hao Guang

Tse Hao Guang is a poet and editor, assembled with parts from Hong Kong and Malaysia. His first full-length poetry collection, Deeds of Light, was shortlisted for the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize. He edits literary e-journal OF ZOOS, educational resource poetry.sg, and UnFree Verse, an anthology of Singapore poetry in form. He is a 2016 fellow of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.

Ummu Hamid

Ummu Rabbisyfina is a journalist. She is also an avid writer since her undergraduate days in NUS, writing critical opinion pieces pertaining to the Malay-Muslim community in Singapore. She believes in harnessing the power of the literary word to enact change in society, opening up doors of alternative voices while the society wants it adamantly shut. Her writing is guided by this very philosophy where she seeks to democratise thought and opinions. Her interests include topics on Islam, Malay history and literature.

Vasugi Kailasam வாசுகி கைலாசம்

Dr Vasugi Kailasam is a lecturer at the South Asian Studies Department in NUS. Her research interests include South Asian Literatures, Tamil Studies and South Asian cinema and culture. She is currently writing a book manuscript on Sri Lankan English and Tamil literature. This comparative literature project examines ideas of reconciliation that are found in both literary traditions. 


முனைவர் வாசுகி கைலாசம், சிங்கப்பூர் தேசிய பல்கலைக்கழகத்தின் தெற்காசிய கல்வித்துறையில் விரிவுரையாளர். அவருடைய ஆய்வு தெற்காசிய இலக்கியம், தமிழ்க்கல்வி, தெற்காசிய திரைப்படங்கள், கலாசாரம் சார்ந்தது. தற்போது அவர் இலங்கையின் ஆங்கில, தமிழ் இலக்கியங்களைப் பற்றிய நூலை எழுதி வருகிறார். இந்த ஒப்பிலக்கிய நூல்,  இவ்விரு இலக்கியங்களில் காணப்படும் சமாதான நல்லிணக்கம் குறித்த அம்சங்களை ஆய்வு செய்கிறது. 

Wee Li Lin

Li Lin (b.1973) is one of the pioneer female filmmakers in Singapore with 14 short films and two feature films.  Her films have won several awards and travelled to festivals including Tribeca Film Festival and Cairo International Film Festival. She received her BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch Asia. She is passionate about films and education, and lectures part time at tertiary film schools in Singapore.


William Beale

William Beale is an Australian spoken word poet and the author/composer of They Call Us Loud (2015/16). He has performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Esplanade, George Town Literary Festival, Ubud Writers Festival, White Night Melbourne, and more. The former creative producer of the Slamalamadingdong poetry slam and co-founder of poetry open mic night If Walls Could Talk, William’s latest work is the forthcoming album Homecoming, which combines poetry and house music.

William Phuan

William Phuan is the Managing Director and co-founder of The Select Centre, a nonprofit committed to promoting translation and intercultural communication in Singapore and Southeast Asia. He was formerly the director of The Arts House, and Programme Director of the New York Asian American International Film Festival. William has extensive experience working in various sectors, including journalism, government policy and film curation in both the US and Singapore.


Yong Shu Hoong

Yong Shu Hoong is the author of one poetry chapbook, Right of the Soil (2016), as well as five poetry collections, including Frottage (2005) and The Viewing Party (2013), which both won the Singapore Literature Prize. He has edited anthologies like Passages: Stories of Unspoken Journeys (2013) and Here Now There After (2017), which was commissioned for the #BuySingLit movement. He has also co-written The Adopted: Stories from Angkor (2015) and Lost Bodies: Poems Between Portugal and Home (2016). 


Yong Wern Mei

Wernmei Yong Ade is attached to the English Programme at Nanyang Technological University, where she lectures in the areas of feminist studies, contemporary women's writing, critical theory, and love. Her main research addresses ideological and ethical dimensions of love, and their representations in literature, philosophy and film and has converged with her long-standing interest in women's issues.  She recently co-edited a collection of essays The Contemporary Arts as Political Practice in Singapore. Her collection Fluid Gender, Fluid Love is forthcoming.

Zhang Songjian 张松建

Zhang Songjian is a research scholar in literature and assistant professor in the Chinese department of Nanyang Technological University. Born in Henan, he has a master’s from Zhejiang University and a doctorate from the National University of Singapore. Originally focused on contemporary Chinese literature, he switched to studying Singaporean-Malaysian Chinese literature after arriving in Singapore. His treatise The Cultural Politics in a Postcolonial Era: Six Critical Essays on Chinese Singaporean and Malaysian Literature was published this year.



Zul Andra

Zul Andra is the editor-in-chief of Esquire Singapore and has been serving the media industry for almost a decade. As an award-winning writer and columnist, his works have been published in over 15 print and web titles including TODAY, South China Morning Post, The New Paper and Time Out Singapore. As EIC of Esquire since 2014, he led a team that bagged over 20 awards, and in 2016, he was recognised as Editor of the Year at the MPAS Awards.