Writing as Author-Journalists

Writing as Author-Journalists



10 Nov, Sun 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


National Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studios 1 - 4
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This session is in English


Kristina Tom


From writing overnight features to hard news reportage, how has journalism helped these writers in their publishing careers? Do journalists have a headstart in becoming published writers? Does it hinder them in any way?  This panel of journalists-turned-authors speak about their transition and route to being a published author.


Akshita Nanda


Akshita Nanda is the author of Beauty Queens of Bishan (Penguin Random House Southeast Asia, 2019) and Nimita’s Place (shortlisted for the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize and adapted for the stage by TheatreWorks, 2019). A journalist at The Straits Times since 2007, she is pursuing a Masters in International Affairs at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

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Ashwini Devare

India - Singapore

Ashwini Devare is a former journalist who worked as a producer and reporter with BBC Asia's Busines Report in Singapore and was a presenter for CNBC Asia in Mumbai, India. Ashwini’s latest book Lost at 15, Found at 50 is a coming-of-age memoir that chronicles her journey from Moscow to Seoul against the backdrop of historic political events. Her book has received wide media coverage from outlets like The Times of India, The Hindu, Indian Express, Asian Age, The Week, The Straits Times, Radio 93.8FM Singapore and more. 

Photo credit: Vhok John

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Yeoh Jo-Ann

Malaysia - Singapore

Yeoh Jo-Ann doesn't eat vegetables, drinks far too much coffee, and exercises far too infrequently. Growing up, she dreamt of becoming a cat, or a rock star. Instead, she worked in publishing for eight years, ended up being features editor at a magazine at some point, then gave that up for a career in digital marketing. Her fiction has been anthologised in We R Family, In Transit, and Best New Singaporean Short Stories. Her first novel, Impractical Uses of Cake, won the 2018 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Jo-Ann still dreams of becoming a cat.

Photo credit: Joanne Goh

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