Keep these Southeast Asian writers on your radar because they’re about to make some serious waves. Breaking into the scene with debut novels, fresh takes, and new perspectives, find out how they're shaking up an already saturated literary market and shaping Southeast Asian writing.
This programme is co-presented with the Singapore Book Council.
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.
Nadia is a novelist and enrichment teacher. She published her debut novel Showers of Luck with Penguin Random House SEA in November 2022. Her poetry has been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. A Masters of Creative Writing graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts, she is currently working on her second novel.
Thea is an author of speculative fiction currently based in Metro Manila, Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a specialisation in International Politics and Peace Studies. Her debut novel The Hurricane Wars published in October 2023 from HarperCollins, and she also has a short story out in Random House World's August 2023 Star Wars anthology From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi. She can be found on X, Instagram, and TikTok at @theagwrites.
Joyce is the author of Lambs for Dinner (Straits Times Press), Land of Sand and Song & Kingdom of Blood and Gold, Until Morning, and No Room in Neverland (Penguin Random House SEA). She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in English, and is now a finance editor by day and author by night. When not writing, she can be found on Instagram, Threads, and TikTok at @joycechuawrites.