My Language, My Narrative?

My Language, My Narrative?



3 Nov, Sun 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


The Arts House, Gallery II
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This session is in English


Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé


How does language influence the way we think? Seven writers read from their works and speak on the peculiarities of their mother tongue(s), from concepts that only exist in one language to the influence on cadence and syntax. Their works will consider how language has shaped their narratives and the stories that they tell.

This session is made possible with the assistance of Literature Across Frontiers, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Portugal.


Harkaitz Cano

Basque country (Spain)

Harkaitz Cano has published books of poetry, short stories, novels and comics, as well as books for children. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. He performs his poetry and collaborates with artists, musicians, and theatre practitioners to produce works for the stage.

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Inga Gaile is the author of five poetry collections, a collection of children's poetry, two novels, and a collection of short stories. In her works “she explores the inner states of being, her own experiences, everyday lives of women, as well as stigmatized groups of society.” Inga Gaile is the president of the Latvian PEN centre.

Photo credit: Elizabete Lukšo Ražinska

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Hwang Jungeun

Republic of Korea

Born in 1976, Hwang Jungeun is a podcast celebrity and one of the bright young things of Korean literature, having published two collections of short stories and three novels to date. One Hundred Shadows (2010), her first novel, was both a critical and commercial success. Its mix of oblique fantasy, hard-edge social critique, and offbeat romance garnered the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award and the Korean Booksellers’ Award. 

Photo credit: Meenyoung Jung

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Miguel-Manso (Portugal, 1979) is a poet whose work has been in print since 2008. In cinema he has written, produced, and directed (in collaboration) the feature film Bibliography (HD, 2013). He has done theatre collaborations with several theatre companies and directors. He has been invited to be participating speaker at literary festivals, lectures, and poetry readings, in and outside of Portugal.

Photo credit: Filipe Bonito

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Wong Yi

Hong Kong


Wong Yi is a Hong Kong writer, columnist, and editor-at-large at Fleurs Des Lettres. She has won numerous literary awards, including the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2018 Award for Young Artist (Literary Arts). She is the author of three short story collections: The Four Seasons of Lam Yip (2019), Patched Up (2015), and News Stories (2010).

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Hamid Roslan


Hamid Roslan’s work may be found in The Volta, Asymptote, and the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, among others. parsetreeforestfire (2019) is his debut collection of poetry, out now from Ethos Books.

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Sujata Bhatt (born 1956) grew up in Pune but emigrated with her family to the United States in 1968. She studied in the USA receiving an MFA from the University of Iowa and went on to be writer-in-residence at the University of Victoria, Canada. More recently she was visiting fellow at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania. Her first collection, Brunizem, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) and the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award. Subsequent collections have been awarded a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and in 1991 she received a Cholmondeley Award.

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