Join these writers as they discuss ways in which they interrogate dominant narratives in queer representation and use fiction to explore societal expectations and assumptions about gender and sexuality in SEA.
This programme is co-presented with the Singapore Book Council.
Ilyas Lukman is an actor, writer, and artist, with a strong focus in spoken word. His work revolves around relationships, the spaces between and surrounding politicized bodies, love, and his experiences with gender, Islam, and his Malay identity in a local context. Ilyas' work has often been described as candid, raw, and occasionally grotesque.
Quinton Li is a Melbourne-based non-binary novelist, poet, fiction editor and anthology curator. With a love for fortune-telling, angelic beings and the human condition, it's no wonder that many of their works across fiction and poetry touch on these subjects. Alongside these themes, they strongly resonate with queer and Asian diaspora works and believe that art can change a perspective or enhance it.
Find more at quintonli.com.
Marylyn is a large-beasted, supple, queer, female Chinese Singaporean writer-artist whose proclivities are promiscuous and appetites indiscriminate. Her work aims to subvert, revert and pervert, and works to disrespect respectability and reclaim power. Her first child, GAZE BACK, is the lesbo trans-genre grimoire you never knew you needed, and made her the first woman poet (woet) to clinch the Singapore Literature Prize.
Daryl Qilin Yam (b. 1991) is a writer, editor and arts organiser from Singapore. He is the author of the novella Shantih Shantih Shantih (2021), shortlisted for the 2022 Singapore Literature Prize, and the novel Lovelier, Lonelier (2021), the Singapore nominee for the 2023 International Dublin Literary Award. He co-founded the literary charity Sing Lit Station.