Festival Debate: This house believes that men are ruining feminism.

Festival Debate: This house believes that men are ruining feminism.



6 Nov, Wed 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM


The Arts House, Chamber
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Ashley Fifty


If Beyoncé is right, and girls run the world, is a man's place next to women or should they just move out of the way? Can we really depend on men to be allies? Join an all female line up chaired by Ashley Fifty as they discuss if men's involvement in feminism helps or hurts the cause.


Petrina Kow


Petrina is the only Certified Fitzmaurice Voicework® Teacher based in Singapore. She teaches Voice and Accents and runs workshops on presentation skills. She’s also a Voice-Actor and emcee.  She directed Walking in Beauty for the M1 Fringe Festival in 2018 and recently toured the production in the UK in July to rave reviews.

Photo credit: Kelly Fan

Arianna Pozzuoli

Canada - Singapore

 Arianna Pozzuoli is an educator, author, performer, and poet. She has featured at various venues across North America, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Australia. She performed as one of the six storytellers in Walking in Beauty at the M1 Fringe Festival in 2018 and Theatre Deli in London. Arianna was also one of the speakers at the Singapore Writers Festival Closing Debate in 2017. Her first poetry collection Something for Everyone was released in 2014 by Red Wheelbarrow Books.

Photo credit: Jamie Richards

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Ovidia Yu


Ovidia Yu loves reading and writing crime fiction. Her books (Aunty Lee’s Delights, Meddling & Murder, The Frangipani Tree Mystery, The Betel Nut Tree Mystery, The Paper Bark Tree Mystery, and others) are set in Singapore and feature practical, profit focused, food loving Singaporeans solving ghastly murders.

Photo credit: Memphis West Pictures

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Amanda Chong


Amanda Chong’s first collection, Professions (2016), was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2018. Her poetry has been engraved on the Helix Bridge and included in the Cambridge International GCSE syllabus. Her creative writing has appeared in Monocle, The Straits Times and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. She is a lawyer who has trained at Cambridge and Harvard. 

Photo Credit: Ejun Low

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Rosemarie Somaiah welcomes the complexity of good stories in any form and freely admits to only partial comprehension of the world around her. A writer, performer and artist-educator, she has been an NAC Writer-in-School working with students and mentoring teachers. Rosemarie runs Asian Storytelling Network.

Oniatta Effendi is an educator, a strong advocate of the arts and an active applied drama practitioner, who has worked with residents at halfway houses, juvenile rehabilitative spaces and welfare homes. When not in these spaces, she finds pleasure in sourcing for batik fabrics – she founded Baju by Oniatta, a clothing line dedicated to reinventing the way batik is worn and appreciated.

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Stephanie Dogfoot is a poet, educator, and stand-up comic who has won national poetry slams in the UK and Singapore. She has featured at the Melbourne Spoken Word Festival, George Town Literary Festival, and Glastonbury Festival, among many others. Stephanie founded and runs Spoke & Bird, a poetry night which features local and international artists, and was the co-editor of the 2017 and 2018 SingPoWriMo anthologies. Her first collection, Roadkill for Beginners, was published by Math Paper Press in March 2019.

Photo credit: Michael Reynolds

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Dana Lam


Dana Lam is one of 54,548 babies born in 1953; a bumper year for the then Crown colony of Singapore. Consequently, she reads and writes in English with the occasional slippages in Singlish. Most recently, Dana wrote and performed Still Life in collaboration with Checkpoint Theatre (Feb/Mar 2019).

Dana is a former President of AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research).


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