Aliens and Outsiders

Panel Discussions


3 Nov, Sat 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium
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This session is in English


Jon Gresham


From being an alien in a human society, to navigating a familiar yet foreign environment, the perspective of an outsider is simultaneously strange and relatable. Whether it’s emotional alienation or physical isolation, the writer needs to communicate the sense of oneself being cut off from mainstream society. In this panel, authors discuss the perspectives of outsiders and how they influence their works.

This session is made possible with the assistance of Goethe-Institut Singapore.


Aisha Franz is a Berlin-based comic book artist. In her work, she explores the possibilities of self-publishing while trying to push the boundaries of storytelling within the comic medium. She has published three graphic novels, her latest being Shit is Real. She teaches illustration at Kunsthochschule Kassel, a college of fine arts in Germany.

Aisha Franz is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Yoko Tawada

Japan - Germany

Born in Tokyo in 1960, Yoko Tawada moved to Hamburg when she was 22, and then to Berlin in 2006. She writes in Japanese and German, and has published stories, novels, poems, plays and essays – in both languages. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Akutagawa Prize and the Kleist Prize.

Yoko Tawada is featured in the following SWF event(s):

Boey Kim Cheng has published five collections of poetry, a travel memoir entitled Between Stations, and a historical novel entitled Gull Between Heaven and Earth. Born in 1965, he emigrated from Singapore to Australia in 1997. He taught creative writing at the University of Newcastle for 13 years before joining Nanyang Technological University in 2016.

Boey Kim Cheng is featured in the following SWF event(s):