The Festival Opening Debate commences with Festival Opening Addresses.
Melizarani T. Selva is a Malaysian writer and spoken word poet. Her first book, Taboo is a poetic interrogation of the Malaysian Indian Identity. She is the co-editor of The Second Link - A Malaysia-Singapore Literary Anthology by Marshall Cavendish and co-published When I Say Spoken, You Say Word! a collection of 100 poems by 61 poets from Malaysia. Her debut play Kudumbam was staged at T:>Works Singapore's 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2021 winners showcase. Find her @melizarani.
Oniatta Effendi is an educator turned cultural entrepreneur who finds pleasure in rolling around for traditional textiles and sourcing for batik. Dedicated to revive batik by reimagining the way it is worn and appreciated, she started her own boutique in 2019, Galeri Tokokita, that houses her clothing line, Baju by Oniatta. A strong advocate of the Arts and an active applied drama practitioner, Oniatta believes in the transformative nature of drama, especially with vulnerable communities.
A multi-talented entity in the world of words and knowledge, Chatgpt is everyone's best friend.
Nessa Anwar has written, acted, produced and directed for theatre, television and video. A journalist by trade, Nessa graduated with a degree in Philosophy. She has formal training in playwriting, screenwriting and investigative writing. She has written two full-length plays, Riders Know When It's Gonna Rain and Rumah Dayak.
Marc Nair’s practice revolves around developing multidisciplinary approaches to writing and performance. He has published 11 collections of poetry and has worked collaboratively with dancers, musicians, photographers and visual artists.
Joses Ho is a poet, pro-wrestler, and scientist. As tech sorceror for SingPoWriMo, he archives and visualizes the poetry posted. Joses also has interests in creative computing and generative text. His poetry manuscript Moving Downwards in a Straight Line was selected for Manuscript Bootcamp (organised by Sing Lit Station) in 2019. He is also a pro-wrestler and ring announcer with Grapple MAX.
Colin Goh is the co-creator of the children’s comic series Dim Sum Warriors, which was adapted into a giant musical in China, licensed by Scholastic, and is now part of a multiplatform bilingual language learning system. He is also the creator of legendary Singaporean satirical website TalkingCock.com; the writer/director of the award-winning film Singapore Dreaming; the cartoonist behind two New York Times bestsellers; and a lawyer in 3 different jurisdictions. He needs more sleep.
Shamini Flint has written many books for adults and children including the Inspector Singh crime novels, soon to be a TV show. The sports' diaries featuring the hapless Marcus and his pushy dad and the ubiquitous Sasha picture books for travelling toddlers.
She has two children, two dogs and loves football.