From Apart to A Part: Writing to Unite
DATE / TIME
4 Nov, Sat
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
VENUEThe Arts House, Chamber
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FESTIVAL PASS EVENT
This session is in English
Can literature give voice to those caught between borders and walls, or who have slipped through the cracks? In this panel, Benjamin Dix, Suki Kim and Sholeh Wolpé discuss the portrayal of subjugated and disenfranchised individuals and groups in their works, the victims of violence, human trafficking and more. What do the writers hope to achieve by telling these stories?
This session is made possible with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy Singapore.
Benjamin Dix is the founding director of PositiveNegatives, which produces comics, animations and podcasts, and Why Comics?, an educational charity. He is a senior fellow at SOAS University of London. Ben served with the United Nations in Sri Lanka for four years and has worked with international organisations for 15 years across Asia and Africa. His work now adapts academic research into comics, animations and multimedia for advocacy and educational tools.Benjamin Dix is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Iran - USA
Born in Iran, Sholeh Wolpé has lived in Trinidad, the UK and the US. A recipient of the 2014 PEN/Heim grant, the 2013 Midwest Book Award, and the 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation Prize, she has published four poetry collections, a play, three books of translations, and three anthologies. Her translation of The Conference of the Birds by 12th-century mystic poet Attar was hailed by Reza Aslan as ‘timeless as the masterpiece itself’. Sholeh’s own works have been translated into 11 languages.
Photo credit to Bonnie PerkinsonSholeh Wolpé is featured in the following SWF event(s):
South Korea - USA
Suki Kim is the author of the New York Times best-seller Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korean Elite and the novel The Interpreter, which was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award . She is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and her investigative reporting and nonfiction have appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and Washington Post. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and a Ferris Fellowship in journalism, and her 2015 TED Talk has been viewed by millions.
Photo credit to Ed Kashi VIISuki Kim is featured in the following SWF event(s):