What do the outliers of society have in common? Make yourself comfortable as Vivian Shaw, Won-Pyung Sohn and Ng Ziqin lean heavily into the discomfort of differences, and use fiction to adjust the margins of society to make space for understanding and acceptance in the face of uniqueness.
This programme is made possible with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
Vivian Shaw wears way too many earrings and likes edged weapons and expensive ink.
Born in Kenya, she has lived in Cardiff, Oxford, and Baltimore. She writes about monsters, both in and out of classic horror literature; machines, extant and fantastical; disasters and their causes; and found family.
She is the author of the Dr. Greta Helsing contemporary fantasy trilogy and works as a freelance editor and book reviewer in New Mexico, where she lives with her wife, the author Arkady Martine.
Ng Ziqin is the author of Every School a Good School, which was shortlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2022. She is currently an undergraduate law student at the National University of Singapore.
One day, Ziqin hopes to achieve her lifelong dream of writing whodunits from the elegant seclusion of a European cave house.
Won-Pyung Sohn (b.1979) is a writer, film critic, film director. Earned her BA in social studies and philosophy at Sogang Univ. and film directing at Korean Academy of Film Arts. Made her literary debut in 2017 with her first full-length novel Almond winning the Changbi YA Prize, immediately garnering rave reactions from the readers. Almond has been translated in more than 30 countries over the world. She also writes books for children and directed a commercial film Intruder.
Ruby Thiagarajan is a writer and critic. She was the editor-in-chief of Mynah Magazine until the publication's closure earlier this year.