Sometimes a powerful ending is one that leaves you full of questions that may never be answered. In a world full of unreliable narrators and unresolved stories, three festival speakers venture beyond the confines of neatly wrapped conclusions and unpack writing open-ended narratives that keep the reader thinking, guessing and wondering, long after the final page is turned.
Grace Chia is an author of over 10 books of prose and poetry, including the novels White Cloud Mountain, The Wanderlusters and the Singapore Book Awards shortlisted The Arches of Gerrard Street. She has been longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition and Epigram Books Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize (Poetry) for Cordelia. Her other poetry books are Mother of All Questions and womango. How to Hunger, published by Penguin Random House, is her latest title.
Carissa Foo is a literary critic and fiction writer. Her research interest is twentieth-century and contemporary women’s writing, and its dialogues with spatial theory and queer studies. She is the author of two novels, and her most recent work is the short story collection, No Wonder, Women.
Phan has written on the history of music in 19th and early 20th century Singapore with articles in Cultural Connection and Singapore Soundscape. His current areas of research are on the Malayan Campaign and Japanese Occupation in Singapore. Phan has been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore by Ethos Books. He was a featured writer in the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) in 2016 and 2022 and oversaw literary tours and the late night programme for the SWF in 2018.