Epic International Reading Night II: Inside Looking Out
DATE / TIME
10 Nov, Sat
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
VENUEThe Arts House (TAH), Gallery ll
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This session is in English
In the first weekend, eight speakers from around the world share their perspectives on being outside looking in. For this second weekend, another eight writers take on the standpoint of observing an outside world from within borders.
This session is made possible with the assistance of the High Commission of Canada, the Embassy of Colombia and the Embassy of Sweden.
Ai Wei 艾伟
Born in Shangyu, Zhejiang, Ai Wei currently works for Literature Port Magazine, and serves as the vice president of the writers’ associations of Ningbo and Zhejiang. His publications include novels like Yue Ye Sai Pao (越野賽跑) and Ai Ren Tong Zhi (愛人同志), and novelettes like Xiang Cun Dian Ying (鄉村電影) and Shui Zhong Hua (水中花). He is the winner of the Dangdai Literature Prize, the People’s Literature Best Novel biannual award and the Chunshen Original Literature “Best Novel of the Year” award.
Ali Cobby Eckermann
Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first poetry collection, Little Bit Long Time, launched her literary career in 2009. Her seven books also include her memoir, Too Afraid to Cry, and her latest collection, Inside My Mother. In 2013, her verse novel, Ruby Moonlight, won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Book of the Year (New South Wales). In 2017, she received a Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University, USA.
Photo Credit: Alexis West
Ali Cobby Eckermann is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Ivan Coyote is the author of 11 books, and the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. They are a seasoned stage performer and, over the last two decades, has become an audience favourite at literary, film and music festivals. Their latest book, Tomboy Survival Guide, was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and long-listed for Canada Reads 2018.
Photo Credit: Sarah Race
John Yau is a poet and critic whose latest publications include a book of poems, Bijoux in the Dark (2018); a selection of essays, The Wild Children of William Blake (2017); and the monographs, Thomas Nozkowski (2017) and Philip Taaffe (2018). His reviews appear on the online magazine, Hyperallergic Weekend. He lives in New York.John Yau is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Jonas Hassen Khemiri
Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Jonas Hassen Khemiri is the author of five novels, six plays and a collection of plays, essays and short stories. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages. He received an Obie Award for his first play ‘Invasion!’ In 2015, he was awarded the August Prize, Sweden’s highest literary honour, for his novel, Everything I Don’t Remember.
Photo Credit: Martin Stenmark
Born in Colombia in 1965, Santiago Gamboa wrote The Art of Losing (1997), which was adapted into a film by director Sergio Cabrera. He is also the author of travel books, October in Beijing (2001) and Oceans of Sand (2014). His other novels include Necropolis (2009), winner of the Otra Orilla Literary Prize, and Return to the Dark Valley (2017). His books are currently translated into 17 languages.Santiago Gamboa is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Singapore - UK
Sharlene Teo has an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and David T.K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship. She is a 2014 Sozopol Fiction Fellow and a 2017 University of Iowa Honorary Writing Fellow. Recently shortlisted for the 2017 Berlin Writing Prize, she is the winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award for her first novel, Ponti.Sharlene Teo is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Zurinah Hassan merupakan penulis wanita pertama Malaysia yang dinobat Sasterawan Negara. Beliau menerima Anugerah Penulisan SEA pada 2004 dan Anugerah Sunthorn Phu (Hadiah Sastera Asean) pada 2013. Zurinah mula menulis sejak zaman remaja dan telah menghasilkan beberapa koleksi puisi, cerita pendek, memoir dan novel. Karya-karya beliau terutama puisi telah diterjemahkan ke dalam beberapa bahasa, termasuk bahasa Inggeris, Sepanyol, Russia, Jepun dan Perancis. Beliau lulusan Universiti Sains Malaysia, memiliki Ijazah Sarjana Universiti Putra Malaysia dan Ijazah Doktor dalam Sastera dari Universiti Malaya.
Zurinah Hassan is the first Malaysian female writer to be conferred the title of Sasterawan Negara or National Literary Laureate. She received the S.E.A. Write Award in 2004 and Sunthorn Phu Award in 2013. Zurinah has produced several collections of poems, short stories, memoirs and a novel. Her work, especially poetry, has been translated into several languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and French.