Break Out: A Gala Reading



3 Nov, Sat 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


The Arts House (TAH), Gallery ll
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This session is in English


How does one stay true to one’s identity even as he/she crosses multiple cultures, languages and time zones? Is a person’s voice to be discovered, or a continuum of incremental influences? Whether whipping up new speculative realms or switching between linguistic codes, these writers exemplify the magpie sensibility. Don’t miss this special reading showcasing imaginative wordsmiths. 

This session presented in partnership with Goethe-Institut Singapore and is made possible with the support of Russian Federal Agency of Press and Communication.


Adam Aitken


Adam Aitken has published poetry, chapbooks, essays on Asian Australian literature and book reviews, and co-edited Contemporary Asian Australian Poets. The story of his mixed heritage is featured in his creative non-fiction work, One Hundred Letters Home (2016), which was long-listed for the ALS Gold Medal. Other commendations include the South Australian Literary Festival Awards and The Age Book of the Year. In 2018, his fifth collection, Archipelago, was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Award. 

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Maria Galina graduated from Odessa State University with a degree in marine biology, but in 1995 took up writing professionally. Her prose not only won genre awards for the best sci-fi novels and the Big Book prize, but was also shortlisted for key Russian literary awards. As a poet, she has five poetry collections to her credit, including one verse novel. 

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Law Lok Man, Louise, is a poet, editor and cultural entrepreneur. After joining Fleurs des Lettres, one of the most acclaimed Hong Kong literary magazines, in 2010, she is now its executive director. She was the festival manager at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and the project manager in the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Her first poetry collection in Chinese is titled As If.

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Nina McConigley

Singapore - US

Nina McConigley was born in Singapore and raised in Wyoming. She earned her MFA at the University of Houston. Her short-story collection, Cowboys and East Indians, was the winner of the PEN Open Book Award. She teaches at the University of Wyoming and at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

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Victor Fernando R. Ocampo

Philippines - Singapore

Victor Fernando R. Ocampo is a Singapore-based Filipino writer. He is the author of The Infinite Library and Other Stories (2017) and Here be Dragons (2015), which won the Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Award in 2012. His writing has appeared in many publications such as Strange Horizons, Best New Singaporean Short Stories, Maximum Volume: Best New Filipino Fiction, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and LONTAR.

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Sithuraj Ponraj has published two novels, a short-story collection and two poetry collections in Tamil. His first Tamil short-story collection Maariligal and poetry collection Kaatraai Kadanthaai won the Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) for Tamil fiction and the SLP’s merit prize for Tamil poetry in 2016. His second Tamil short-story collection, Ramon Becomes an Angel, will appear in end-2018, alongside his non-fiction work, Women’s Body in Tamil Literature.

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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.

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Time for the Women!

4 Nov, Sun 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The Arts House (TAH), Chamber

SingLit, SEALit, WorldLit

4 Nov, Sun 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
The Arts House (TAH), Play Den

Speculative Fiction as Moral Compass

10 Nov, Sat 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The Arts House (TAH), Blue Room