Coming of Age in Conflict
DATE / TIME
3 Nov, Sun
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
VENUENational Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
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This session is in English
What does it mean to create stories for readers who have grown up in relative peacetime? Three writers whose stories feature characters who come of age amidst crisis discuss how they capture these experiences and the growth that difficult experiences can offer.
Singapore - US
Mabel Gan is a writer, director, and producer whose work explores the stories of young people. She has an MFA in motion picture arts from Florida State University, where her thesis film, Child Bride, was a finalist in the Student Academy Awards. Her work has been screened on MediaCorp, the Disney Channel, and MTV Asia as well as film festivals around the world. Mabel founded the Singapore International Children’s Film Festival and produces the annual event as well as its sister film festival in St. Louis, where she currently resides with her family.Mabel Gan is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Pakistan - Singapore
Aysha graduated as a valedictorian of her class, and won a scholarship to Mount Holyoke College where she studied international relations and economic development. In 1998, she founded Kaarvan Crafts Foundation with the objective to alleviate poverty. In 2013 she relocated to Singapore where she began to write Beyond the Fields. She is an Ashoka Fellow, and member of the Singapore Writer’s Group.
Photo credit: DWerkz by Diana J
Hanna Alkaf graduated with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and spent over ten years writing everything but fiction before finally giving in. She now writes unapologetically Malaysian young adult and middle grade stories. The Weight of Our Sky is her first novel. Hanna lives in Kuala Lumpur with her family.
Photo credit: Azalia Suhaimi